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Tokyo was formerly known as “Edo” until it changed its name in 1868. Tokyo, with the Imperial Palace at its center and many timeless historical shrines and temples such as Meiji Shrine and Sensoji Temple, has many diverse neighborhoods coexisting in close proximity. These neighborhoods include trendy, sophisticated Omotesando and Ginza, districts favored by students such as Shimokitazawa and Harajuku, and Shibuya, a district that is currently transitioning from an area for young people to an area for a more sophisticated crowd. Of the famous Shibuya scramble crossing, it is said that “One to two thousand people cross the street with each green light, but miraculously the Japanese pedestrians don’t bump into each other.” Nowadays, this intersection attracts tourists from all over the world who want to experience this phenomenon for themselves.
Administratively, Tokyo is Japan’s “capital” or “metropolis” which is divided up into 23 “ku”, which administratively are called “cities” that exist within the “metropolis.” Each “ku” in the center has its own personality. But far from the center—a two-hour train ride from Tokyo station—you can see a completely different side of Tokyo in the town of Okutama. There you can encounter tranquil natural beauty that you wouldn’t have imagined to be in Tokyo at all. Tokyo offers many spectacular views of Mt. Fuji. You can see it from the upper floors of several downtown skyscrapers, or from the top of Mt. Takao.
If you want to go on a trip without traveling a great distance, staying in TOKYO is a great choice.
Akasaka Primarily a business district, this area was known in the Showa Era (1926-1989) for its sublime “ryotei” traditional Japanese restaurants. Most of them have disappeared, but if you walk around one that is still in business, you might be lucky enough to pass by an “Akasaka Geisha” in a chic kimono. There’s also a theater currently staging Harry Potter.
This world-renowned international airport, along with Narita, has flights to all parts of Japan, and is a convenient hub for flights to Asia.
This sophisticated district is characterized by charming tree-lined streets and offers high-end brand shopping in a serene atmosphere. The backstreets abound with various specialty dining options and bars.
One of the most preeminent shrines in Japan. It is known as a power spot, and over three million visitors visit the shrine during the three days of “Hatsumode” (the first shrine visit of the New Year). The vast Yoyogi Park sprawls behind the shrine.
This district is a Mecca for fans of Japanese pop culture, including anime, games, and figurines. It is also known as the largest electronics town in Japan.
This iconic 333-meter-tall tower has been a symbol of Tokyo since it was completed in 1958. While the 634-meter Tokyo Skytree, completed in 2012, surpasses it in height, Tokyo Tower remains popular. It is especially beautiful when lit up at night.
This is a bustling district with narrow alleyways reminiscent of Asia, and is popular among students. Here you can enjoy the more eclectic side of Japan, with its vintage clothing stores and various knick-knacks. In recent years, it's also gained attention as a town for curry.