Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan’s capital city, is a metropolis inhabited by approximately 13 million people. Home to the Japanese Government of Japan and to the Imperial Family of Japan, Tokyo is regarded as one of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Originally a small fishing village, the city developed during the Edo Period (1603 - 1868) when it used to be the base of the military government led by the Tokugawa shogunate. The city was called “Edo” until 1868 when its name was changed to “Tokyo” (literally “The Capital of the East”) and became the center of the newly restored Imperial rule.The Great Kanto Earthquake that hit the region in 1923 and the bombardments during the Second World War devastated large areas of the city, but Tokyo flourished again as a metropolis after the war. Now, Tokyo consists of 23 wards and is the economical and political center of Japan. There are thousands of fascinating points of interest in Tokyo, from historical sites such as Edo Period castle remains and Japanese gardens to buildings such as Tokyo Tower and Tokyo SkyTree, which are representative of the great architectural developments of the modern age. In this category, you will find articles related to Tokyo. From information on how to reach the city from the Narita and Haneda Airports to useful tips on how to navigate Tokyo’s major transportation hubs such as Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, Shibuya, Ueno and other stations, all the basic travel information on Tokyo is covered here. The major sightseeing areas in Tokyo such as Asakusa - the center of traditional culture, Shibuya - the town of youth culture, Ginza - Tokyo’s elegant shopping and entertainment district, or Akihabara with its electric appliances stores and otaku culture are featured in detail. However, you will also find here information on areas that are less known but no less charming such as Ueno with its many museums and galleries, Simokitazawa, the town of culture and youth, Kichijoji - the town everybody would like to live in, Odaiba with its great entertainment and amusement facilities, and many others. To make the most of your time in this city, make sure you browse through the many great dining places in Tokyo, which offer a great variety of menus - from traditional foods such as sushi and ramen, to select foods, vegetarian and halal options. Relaxing, unique cafes, as well as bars and izakaya where you can leisurely enjoy a drink with friends - are also introduced here. Tokyo is also a great place to enjoy shopping. In areas such as Ginza, Aoyama, Shibuya, and Shinjuku you can find the latest fashion trends, while in areas like Harajuku and Daikanyama, you can find small brand shops which handle items that are one of a kind. If you are looking for the latest Tokyo fashion trends or for unique souvenirs from your trip to Japan, you will be able to find useful shopping tips here. Tokyo is a great travel destination at any time of the year! Check out the updates in this category for the highlights of each season. We hope you enjoy a wonderful time in Tokyo!

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