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Welcome to Tokyo

The capital of Japan, Tokyo is the largest metropolitan city in the country, the continent and world, with a population of 36 million people.  The mega city its known for its unique mix of modern and futuristic architecture with historic districts, temples and rich heritage.

In addition, the vibrant city offers and incredible wide array of things to do, from shopping in some of the world’s biggest malls, learning its culture through temples and museums and trying its mouth watering cuisine and culinary delicacies (the birthplace of sushi) to admiring its landscapes and visiting its distinctive gardens.


History

Originally called Edo, what be know today as Tokyo started to grow when Tokugawa Leyasu (A military dictator of Japan)  established the Shogunate (the center of politics and culture) there in 1603. Edo became a big city, and although the Emperor resided in Kyoto (capital of Japan from 794 to 1868), he moved to Tokyo in 1868 when the imperial ruled was restored. Edo was renamed Tokyo then, and became the capital of Japan.

Tokyo started to grow at an incredible rate, innovating in architecture and technology, with some influences from the western world. Unfortunately, Tokyo was devastated by the Kanto Earthquake in September 1923, with houses destroyed and people dead and missing, and then by the 102 bombings during the Pacific War.

The gradual recovery of the country started in 1950, entering a period of rapid economic growth in 1960, thanks to technological advances and an overall improve of the lifestyle of the residents of Tokyo.

Things to do in Tokyo


Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

One of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden was the residence of the Naito family during the Edo period. It later became a garden under the management of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. The park is known as one of the best places in the city to see the cherry blossoms in spring.

Senso-ji

Admire the Senso-ji Temple

Dedicated to Lannon Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of compassion, Sensō-ji is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, as well as one of the most famous. It is the most visited spiritual site in the world, with over 30 millions visitors annually. There is no entry fee, but donations are welcome.

Shibuya Crossing

The Shibuya Crossing is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. It is a concur working and shopping area, which contributes to the large number of people who need to cross it, as well as its proximity to the Shibuya Station, the busiest transportation Hub in Tokyo.

golden gai

Go bar hopping in Golden Gai

Located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Golden Gai (or “Golden District” ) is a famous area known for its nightlife, filled with over 200 interesting and mismatched bars and made of six incredibly narrow alleys connected through passageways.

teamlab borderless museum

The Teamlab borderless is an immersive visual experience and cutting-edge museum famous for its colorful and futuristic installations, also known as the first digital art museum in the world.

Sumo Wrestling Stable

Visit Sumo Wrestling Stable

Tokyo is famous for its Sumo culture, that can be experienced at the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium, where you can watch the Tokyo Sumo tournament or at a Sumo stable or shukusha. There are 46 official sumo stables in Japan, with the majority of them being located in Tokyo and Kanto.

yoyogi park

Spend a day at the Yoyogi Park

Located in Shibuya, Tokyo, the Yoyogi Park is the largest park in Tokyo, created for the 1964 olympics. The park features sprawling lawns and sports facilities, as well as an observation deck with great views of the forest area.

Imperial Palace Tokyo

Explore the Imperial Palace

The imperial palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. The grounds and history makes it an interesting place to visit, offering stunning views of the Nijubashi Bridge and the East Gardens.

Kabuki show

Watch a Kabuki Show

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese dance-drama, with its roots tracing back to the Edo period. It features elaborate costumes, makeup and exaggerated acting, named as a UNESCO Cultural heritage. Something you couldn’t experience anywhere else in the world. Tokyo’s main Kabuki venue is Kabukiza Theatre, located in Ginza.

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