Explore Tokyo

Tokyo Capital of Japan

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Facts & Figures

The capital of Japan is home to nearly 30% of the whole Japanese population. More than 37,4 million people living in the greater metropolitan area of Tokyo. It is the cultural and economic heart of the country. The metropolitan area is seperated in the 23 special wards of Tokyo, 39 municipalities in the western part of the prefecture and two island chains (Izu and Ogasawara Islands). Tokyo was established as the capital of Japan in 1868 during the Meiji era (1868 - 1912), after the Emporer made the decision to move the capital from Kyoto. In recent history the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the fights during WW2 caused huge damage to the city and its people. Best Ryokans in Tokyo Explore Ryokans in Tokyo >
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If you could spend only one day in the city you should visit: Tokyo Skytree, Sensoji Temple, Meiji Shrine, Shinjuku, Tokyo Tower and Ueno Park. Tokyo is famous for its amazing food and art scene, shopping facilities, entertainment districts and the safe and clean public transportation system.

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Map of Japan

Tokyo is located on the southeastern part of the main island Honshu in Japan.

How to get to Tokyo?

  • People from foreign countries arrive usually at Narita or Haneda airport.

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