Tokyo is the capital and the largest city of Japan. The official name of Tokyo is Tokyo Metropolis. It is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with an official population of more than 36 million people!
Before 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. It was a small castle town that had grown into one of the greatest, modern and populous cities in the world!
The city was partly destroyed by the dreadful earthquake in 1923 and by air raids during World War II but it was able to achieve rapid recovery both times and today Tokyo is one of the main world centers! It is not only the economical and political centre of Japan but also one of the centres of the world culture and economy!
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WHERE TO GO IN TOKYO?
This ancient Buddhist temple, according to legend, was built in 628 by the village headman after two brothers found a statue of goddess Kannon. It is the oldest and the most significant temple in Tokyo!
There is a 200 meter shopping street on the way to the temple; there are a lot of souvenir shops!
Sensō-ji is the main place where the largest of Japanese festivals – Sanja Matsuri is held and the temple is particularly crowded during the festival.
Opening hours: 6:00 – 17:00
October – March: 6:30 – 17:00
Entry fee: Free
Ginza is a popular shopping area in Tokyo. It is widely believed to be one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world. Ginza has a lot of shops, boutiques and restaurants. Ginza becomes pedestrian-only street during weekends when the street is closed for vehicles. It is a very crowded place and it has one of the most expensive real estate in the world!
Escape from the busy, vibrant streets of the centre in one of the largest and popular parks of Tokyo – Shinjuku Gyoen! This 58.3 hectare (144 acres) park features 3 different garden styles: English, French and traditional Japanese style. There are more than 20000 trees in the park, including more than 1500 cherry blossoms! Also, there is a greenhouse that displays over 1700 tropical and subtropical plant species!
Shinjuku Gyoen becomes one of the best places for cherry blossom viewing when cherry trees bloom in spring.
Opening hours: 9:00 – 16:30 (last admission 16:00)
Closed: on Mondays
Entry fee: 200 yen (~1.5$)
Tsukiji Fish Market
You have an opportunity to visit Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest wholesale seafood market and one of the biggest wholesale markets in the world! Tsukiji Fish Market is located in central Tokyo and it is open 24 hours.
Although, access to some parts of the market is restricted, the market remains one of the most popular tourist destinations!
Tokyo Imperial Palace
The Tokyo Imperial Palace was built on the place of Edo Castle. It was a place where the new capital of Japan began, so Tokyo Imperial Palace is literally the heart of Tokyo!
Construction of the new Imperial Palace was completed in 1888. It was destroyed by dreadful air attacks during World War II, then the palace was rebuilt again!
Tokyo Imperial Palace is not open for public, excluding some special dates.
Entry fee: Free
The Edo-Tokyo Museum was established in 1993 and is housed in a uniquely shaped building. It is a museum of the history and culture of Tokyo from premodern times to the present. The permanent exhibition includes city models, the life-size replica of the wooden bridge Nihonbashi which was leading into Edo, reproductions of old maps, models of real building and many more.
Free audio guide and voluntary English speaking guides are available.
Opening hours: 9:30 – 17:30
9:30 – 19:30 on Saturdays
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time
Closed: on Mondays
Entry fee: 600 yen (~5$)