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Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower

Tokyo (, Tōkyō) is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.

Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan's political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world's most populous cities. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo ("Eastern Capital"). Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945.

Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city's history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa, and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.

Attractions
Central Tokyo (Chiyoda, Chuo)
 1  Tsukiji Fish Market
Japan's largest and busiest fish market.
User rating: 87/100 (980 votes)
Visited by: 1811 users
 2  Akihabara
District for electronic and otaku goods.
User rating: 85/100 (2894 votes)
Visited by: 5222 users
 3  Koishikawa Korakuen
Landscape garden next to Tokyo Dome.
User rating: 83/100 (223 votes)
Visited by: 459 users
 4  Imperial East Gardens
Park on the former grounds of Edo Castle.
User rating: 82/100 (1178 votes)
Visited by: 2189 users
 5  Hama Rikyu
Landscape garden next to Shiodome.
User rating: 82/100 (295 votes)
Visited by: 580 users
 6  Imperial Palace
Main residence of the Imperial Family.
User rating: 82/100 (1388 votes)
Visited by: 2645 users
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Western Tokyo (Shinjuku, Shibuya)
 1  Shibuya
Popular district among younger generations.
User rating: 88/100 (3018 votes)
Visited by: 5507 users
 2  Shinjuku
District around Japan's busiest station.
User rating: 86/100 (3077 votes)
Visited by: 5677 users
 3  Meiji Shrine
Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.
User rating: 86/100 (1791 votes)
Visited by: 3279 users
 4  Harajuku
Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.
User rating: 86/100 (2704 votes)
Visited by: 4941 users
 5  Shinjuku Gyoen
Spacious city park in Shinjuku.
User rating: 84/100 (935 votes)
Visited by: 1894 users
 6  Yoyogi Park
Spacious city park in Shibuya.
User rating: 83/100 (1408 votes)
Visited by: 2700 users
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Northern Tokyo (Ueno, Asakusa, Ikebukuro)
 1  Tokyo Skytree
634 meter tall tower with observation decks.
User rating: 87/100 (329 votes)
Visited by: 663 users
 2  Asakusa
District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.
User rating: 87/100 (2619 votes)
Visited by: 4793 users
 3  Sensoji Temple
Large temple in the Asakusa district.
User rating: 87/100 (1342 votes)
Visited by: 2490 users
 4  Edo-Tokyo Museum
Excellent museum about Tokyo's history.
User rating: 85/100 (223 votes)
Visited by: 466 users
 5  Rikugien
Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.
User rating: 85/100 (172 votes)
Visited by: 357 users
 6  Ueno Park
City park with multiple museums and a zoo.
User rating: 84/100 (2204 votes)
Visited by: 4088 users
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Southern Tokyo (Shinagawa, Minato)
 1  Odaiba
Futuristic architecture on a man made island.
User rating: 85/100 (1683 votes)
Visited by: 3211 users
 2  Institute for Nature
Quiet nature reserve in the middle of Tokyo.
User rating: 82/100 (68 votes)
Visited by: 152 users
 3  Roppongi Hills
Modern entertainment and shopping complex.
User rating: 74/100 (661 votes)
Visited by: 1370 users
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Outlying Areas of Tokyo
 1  Tokyo DisneySea
Popular theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort.
User rating: 91/100 (410 votes)
Visited by: 890 users
 2  Tokyo Disneyland
Popular theme park in Tokyo Disney Resort.
User rating: 88/100 (567 votes)
Visited by: 1220 users
 3  Ghibli Museum
Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.
User rating: 91/100 (629 votes)
Visited by: 1149 users
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Events
 1  Sanja Matsuri
Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.
User rating: 89/100 (55 votes)
Visited by: 141 users
 2  Tokyo Motor Show
Large biennial auto show.
User rating: 83/100 (163 votes)
Visited by: 363 users
 3  Kanda Matsuri
One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.
User rating: 82/100 (10 votes)
Visited by: 25 users
 4  AnimeJapan
Large trade show of the anime industry.
User rating: 90/100 (136 votes)
Visited by: 273 users
 5  Tokyo Game Show
Trade show of the computer gaming industry.
User rating: 86/100 (155 votes)
Visited by: 323 users
 6  Sanno Matsuri
One of Japan's three largest festivals.
User rating: 79/100 (16 votes)
Visited by: 56 users
 7  Tokyo Marathon
Annual large scale city marathon.
User rating: 77/100 (45 votes)
Visited by: 122 users
 8  Ceatec Japan
Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.
User rating: 74/100 (14 votes)
Visited by: 40 users
 
Side Trips from Tokyo
 1  Nikko
Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.
User rating: 91/100 (1167 votes)
Visited by: 2376 users
 2  Kamakura
Small city full of historic treasures.
User rating: 91/100 (1502 votes)
Visited by: 3078 users
 3  Fuji Five Lakes
Lake resort at the foot of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 86/100 (763 votes)
Visited by: 1913 users
 4  Hakone
National park with views of Mount Fuji.
User rating: 86/100 (1118 votes)
Visited by: 2412 users
 5  Yokohama
Japan's second largest city.
User rating: 85/100 (1679 votes)
Visited by: 3613 users
 6  Kusatsu Onsen
One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.
User rating: 83/100 (154 votes)
Visited by: 425 users
 7  Izu Peninsula
Hot springs and natural scenery.
User rating: 81/100 (307 votes)
Visited by: 820 users
 8  Minakami
Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.
User rating: 75/100 (63 votes)
Visited by: 188 users
 9  Kawagoe
Former castle town known as the Little Edo.
User rating: 74/100 (278 votes)
Visited by: 698 users
 10  Ikaho Onsen
Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.
User rating: 72/100 (76 votes)
Visited by: 246 users
 11  Kawasaki
Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.
User rating: 64/100 (105 votes)
Visited by: 327 users
 12  Tomioka
Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 3 users
Special Interest Guides
  Tokyo Hotel Guide
  Guide on where to stay in Tokyo.
  Tokyo Museum Guide
  A list of some of Tokyo's best museums.
  Tokyo Shopping Guide
  Guide to Tokyo's varied shopping districts.
  Tokyo Night Guide
  Guide to night activities in Tokyo.
  Tokyo Observation Decks
  Guide to Tokyo's observation decks.
  Tokyo Cherry Blossom Spots
  A list of popular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo.
  Tokyo Autumn Color Spots
  A list of popular autumn color spots in Tokyo.

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