Tokyo

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Tokyo (“Œ‹ž, 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.

What To See

Central Tokyo

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Akihabara

District for electronic and otaku goods.

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Hama Rikyu

Landscape garden next to Shiodome.

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605 users
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Ginza

Japan's premier shopping district.

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Visited by
4769 users
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Nihonbashi

Commercial district in central Tokyo.

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2108 users
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Tsukishima

Man made island known for monjayaki.

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Visited by
617 users
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Yurakucho

Atmospheric dining destination next to the Ginza.

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222 users
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Marunouchi

Business district in front of Tokyo Station.

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1779 users
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Kanda

Central district dotted with minor sites of interest.

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252 users

Northern Tokyo

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Tokyo Skytree

634 meter tall tower with observation decks.

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813 users
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Asakusa

District with an atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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5050 users
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Rikugien

Beautiful Japanese style landscape garden.

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383 users
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Ueno Park

City park with multiple museums and a zoo.

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4294 users
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Yanaka

District with a pleasant atmosphere of old Tokyo.

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169 users
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Ameyoko

Colorful market street in Ueno.

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1526 users
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Ikebukuro

Commercial district around busy train station.

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Visited by
3978 users
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Ryogoku

Center of the sumo wrestling world.

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931 users
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Sugamo

A shopping district catering to the elderly.

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274 users

Western Tokyo

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Shibuya

Popular district among younger generations.

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5795 users
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Shinjuku

District around Japan's busiest station.

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5971 users
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Meiji Shrine

Dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji.

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3435 users
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Harajuku

Center of teenage fashion and cosplay culture.

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5184 users
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Yoyogi Park

Spacious city park in Shibuya.

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2830 users
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Nakano Broadway

Shopping mall with lots of anime related stores.

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346 users
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Kagurazaka

Trendy district along a sloping street.

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174 users

Southern Tokyo

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Odaiba

Futuristic architecture on a man made island.

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3364 users
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Roppongi Hills

Modern entertainment and shopping complex.

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1498 users
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Tokyo Tower

333 meter tall symbol of Tokyo.

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4041 users
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Zojoji Temple

Buddhist temple at the base of Tokyo Tower.

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934 users
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Tokyo Midtown

City within the city complex in Roppongi.

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549 users
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Roppongi

Multifaceted district in central Tokyo

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3818 users
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Akasaka Sacas

City within the city around TBS headquarter.

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845 users
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Shiodome

Recently redeveloped commercial district.

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1149 users
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Shinagawa

Major transportation hub in southern Tokyo.

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2081 users
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Toyosu

District on a man-made island in Tokyo Bay.

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130 users

Outlying Areas

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Ghibli Museum

Museum of the Ghibli animation film studio.

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1228 users
4

Takaosan

Temple mountain near central Tokyo.

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Visited by
601 users

Events

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Sanja Matsuri

Tokyo's most popular annual shrine festival.

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149 users
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Kanda Matsuri

One of the three great festivals of Tokyo and Japan.

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35 users
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AnimeJapan

Large trade show of the anime industry.

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152
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Visited by
304 users
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Ceatec Japan

Japan's largest IT and electronics trade show.

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41 users

Side Trips from Tokyo

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Nikko

Site of Nikko Toshogu, Ieyasu's mausoleum.

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2509 users
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Kamakura

Small city full of historic treasures.

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Visited by
3235 users
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Hakone

National park with views of Mount Fuji.

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2551 users
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Yokohama

Japan's second largest city.

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Visited by
3806 users
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Kusatsu Onsen

One of Japan's best hot spring resorts.

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Visited by
453 users
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Minakami

Popular hot spring and outdoor resort.

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208 users
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Kawagoe

Former castle town known as the Little Edo.

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Visited by
735 users
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Ikaho Onsen

Hot spring resort famous for its stone stairs.

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265 users
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Kawasaki

Sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.

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378 users
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Tomioka

Site of a Japan's first modern silk factory.

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11 users
Last updated: December 31, 2014
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Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.

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Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.

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