Japan’s capital, Tokyo city is one of the largest and busiest cities in the world. Located in the Kantō region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu, Tokyo is officially known as Tokyo Metropolis and was earlier known as Edo. The city was formed in the year 1943 when Tokyo Prefecture merged with the city of Tokyo to create Tokyo Metropolis. The city is better known as a metropolitan prefecture and is home to more than 30 million people. The city has been titled as the ‘world's most populous metropolitan area’, ‘world's largest urban agglomeration economy’ and ‘second Most Liveable City’. Economist Intelligence Unit's cost-of-living survey declared Tokyo to be the world's most expensive city and the Mercer consulting firm named Tokyo as the third most expensive city for expatriates. Japanese is the official language spoken by majority of the people while English too is widely used.
Tourists planning to take a flight to Tokyo land at the Tokyo Narita Airport, which is simply known as Narita International Airport and is an international airport serving the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. A major airport in Japan, the airport currently is a base for 70 airlines that fly to more than 100 destinations across the world. Most parts of the city experiences humid subtropical climate which is categorized by hot and humid summer and mild winters. January is the coolest month of the year with temperature dipping to 6.0 °C and October is the wettest month of the year. Chichi-jima in Ogasawara village in Tokyo experience tropical savanna climate. The months from September to November are the best time for planning a holiday in Tokyo. Sannō at Hie Shrine, the Sanja at Asakusa Shrine, and the biennial Kanda Festivals are some of the major events in Tokyo and tourists are advised to plan their trip during the festival time to experience the real culture of the city.
Begin your Tokyto Tour by visiting Sensō-ji which is Tokyo’s largest ancient Buddhist temple. This is the oldest and of the most significant temples in Tokyo. Tokyo Tower, which is the tallest self-supporting steel tower in the world, is a main attraction. Kaminarimon which is also known as Thunder Gate is located near to Sensoji and the main attraction here is the a massive paper lantern painted in vivid red-and-black tones to suggest thunderclouds and lightning. Meiji Shrine, dedicated to the spirit of the Emperor Meji and wife is another popular attraction. Your trip to Tokyo is incomplete without visiting the residence of the current Emperor of Japan, Tokyo Imperial Palace. A major crowd puller for adults and children alike, Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea is one of the most popular tourists’ attractions in Tokyo.
If you want to enjoy the nightlife of Tokyo, then visit Kabukichō located in north east Shinjuku beyond Yasukuni-dōri Avenue and is known for its nightclub, bars and pubs. It is often referred as 'Sleepless Town'. Roppongi is another place to enjoy bustling nightlife of Tokyo. The Shrine of Yasukuni is another major tourist spot where tourists can pay homage to the soldiers and others who died fighting on behalf of the Emperor of Japan. For children, Sanrio Puroland is another amusement park which is located indoor and offer varieties of attractions and live performances.
Eating and Shopping
Tokyo offers internationally acclaimed cuisine for it tourist and has been awarded the most Michelin stars of any city in the world by the Michelin Guide. Currently the city boasts of offering wide options of cuisine from all over the globe and has end number of restaurants and fine dining places where you can enjoy a luxurious meal. Sea food along with meat and vegetable form a major part of the people’s diet. Some of the indigenous dishes of Japan which tourists should not miss savoring in Tokyo are - Edomae, Edo Yasai, Edomae-Zushi, Sushi, Soba, Tempura and Kabayaki. Kozue, Mikawa Zezankyo, Nodaiwa, Nihon Ryori Ryugin, Aronia de Takazawa, Narisawa, Sushi Mizutani, Tofuya Ukai, Bird Land Ginza and Akasaka Kikunoi are some of the most popular restaurant you can visit in Japan.
If you want to go on a shopping spree, then Tokyo is one of the best places in the world. A hub of fashion and cosmetic, some of the most interesting buys that you cannot miss in Tokyo include antiques, furniture, kimono, camera, electronic and souvenirs. Asian style open air markets are a rage in Tokyo and they sell everything under the sun. Yanaka Ginza is a popular neighborhood shopping street and Nakamise in Asakusa and the Oriental Bazaar in Omotesando are known for stocking all the kitschy things. Akihabara and Nakano are Tokyo's electronic market and Antique Mall in Ginza or the Antique Market in Omotesando is known for stocking some of the best antique pieces.
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