Tokyo

Tokyo

Capital Of Japan - Beginner



A lthough many people think Tokyo is a city, it is actually one of Japan’s 47 prefectures and is made up of 23 different districts. The area’s original name was Edo and was undeveloped for a large portion of Japanese history. Edo became the political center of Japan in 1603, thanks in large part to Tokugawa Ieyasu. However, Edo was still not the most important place in Japan until 1868 when the emperor officially moved the capital from Kyoto to Edo. When this happened the name Edo changed to Tokyo, which means “Eastern Capital”. Today Tokyo is known as the world’s most populous metropolis with an estimated 38 million residents. The area is home to the Emperor, the Japanese government, and is the financial center of the country. Tokyo is known abroad for its shopping, food culture and entertainment options. Discussed below are five areas of Tokyo.

Akihabara is the electronic heart of Tokyo. People come here to shop for the newest computers, TVs and devices. In recent years it has become the anime and manga capital of Tokyo as well. Young people come here to enjoy internet cafes, video game centers and maid cafes.

Asakusa is one of the more traditional areas in Tokyo and was once known as the entertainment district of the city. The oldest temple in Tokyo is located in Asakusa and is one of the area’s most popular tourist attractions. Sensoji, as the temple is known, was built in the 7th century to pay respect to the Goddess of Mercy. Most guests enter through the “Thunder Gate” and walk down a 200m shopping street before entering the temple.

Harajuku is the center for teen culture, bizarre fashion trends and high-end shopping. Teen culture and fashion boutiques can be found on Takeshita Street, while name brand shopping can be found on Omotesando Avenue. Yoyogi Park, one of Tokyo’s largest parks, can be found near Harajuku station. The area was used as the Olympic Village for the 1964 Olympics before it was a park. One of Tokyo’s most well-known shrines, Meiji Jingu, is located in the park.

Shibuya is another fashion district of Tokyo, full of shopping, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. One of the most famous street crossings in the world can be found in Shibuya. The well-known Hachiko dog statue is near this crossing. Shinjuku is home to Tokyo’s skyscraper district as well as the world’s busiest train station, which moves around 2 million people per day. Shinjuku is another center for food and entertainment. With two famous nightlife areas, Golden Gai and Omoide Yokocho. There is a great deal to see and do in Tokyo. The city is also home to Tokyo Disneyland and Sea, as well as the Ghibli museum and the Tokyo Dome.

Source: www.japan-guide.com  

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