Tokyo, Japan
ZipTipz Tokyo Travel Guide

Tokyo - The World's Eastern Capital. Here's where global business starts its day; home of Kabuki & Pokemon, Sumo & Sega; city of safe streets, cell phones, on-time trains and sky-high prices; Godzilla's playground, where East & West collide and coexist.

District Guide

To give you an idea where to go in the vast, bewildering metropolis that is Tokyo, here is a quick guide for the visitor. You could say all roads lead to Nihonbashi as all distances to and from Tokyo are measured from here. Nihonbashi (literally "Japan Bridge") is centuries old, though the...

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Historical Background

Though archeological studies have established that the islands of Japan were already inhabited several millennia before Christ, the history of Tokyo is relatively recent. It does not start until 1603 AD, when Tokugawa Ieyasu proclaimed himself shogun and moved the seat of government from Kyoto,...

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Where To Stay

So you don't have the enormous budget for a one-night-stay at the Hotel Okura's premier penthouse suite. Well, don't let that cramp your style. Because Tokyo, like all great cities worth their salt, has something for everybody. All the main business and tourist areas, even the Ginza and Hibiya...

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Dining and Drinking

Whether your budget calls for a JPY300 bowl of noodles, or a melt-in-your-mouth Chateaubriand for two at the Capital Tokyu Hotel's Keyaki Grill, you are certain to find food and drink to suit your taste in Tokyo.

Believe it or not, one of the most difficult eateries to find in the city is a simple...

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If a contest were held for the World's Most Entertaining City, Tokyo would certainly rank among the finalists. Night and day, on a shoestring budget or on a big expense account, you can find fun here at every corner.

Those who enjoy sightseeing may want to begin with a view from the to...

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Recommended Tours

Considering that Tokyo covers some 2000 square kilometers and is home to over 12 million people (the daytime population greatly exceeds that), it is all the more remarkable that the city's public transportation system is second to none. This can be put down to planning (construction was...

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Adopted in June 1989, Tokyo's official symbol has three arcs forming the letter T for Tokyo in the shape of a vivid green ginkgo leaf. It symbolizes Tokyo's future growth and prosperity, charm, and tranquility.

Tokyo is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto capital of Japan.

Tokyo as an administrative region, known as Tōkyō-to 東京都 or "Tokyo Metropolis", is one of 47 prefectures of Japan and is not administered as a single city. It consists of twenty-three central "special wards" (which were administered as Tokyo City until 1943, although no such city exists de jure) and many suburban cities. About 12 million people (10 percent of Japan's population) live within Tōkyō-to's prefectural boundaries.

About 35 million people live in the Greater Tokyo Area which encompasses Tōkyō-to and surrounding prefectures, making it the world's most populous metropolitan area. Because of its huge population and wealth, many world records are or were held here, including the most expensive real estate ever ($1.5 million/sq meter in 1990), the most expensive city for over a decade running, the most passengers served by its train system, and has the largest GDP of any metropolitan area in the world.

It is considered one of the world's major global cities and a megacity. The word "Tokyo" may refer to Tōkyō-to as a whole, or only to the main urban mass under its jurisdiction (thus excluding west Tama and Izu / Ogasawara Islands), or even the whole of Greater Tokyo Area, depending on context. This article refers to Tōkyō-to unless otherwise stated.

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