Tokyo is the enormous and wealthy capital of Japan, overflowing with culture, commerce and, most of all, people. The core of the most populated urban area in the world, Tokyo is a fascinating and dynamic metropolis that brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan.
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Shinjuku is a central ward of Tokyo, known as the metropolis' second center. The area surrounding Shinjuku Station is a huge business, commercial, and entertainment center located atop the world's busiest railway station complex.
Roppongi is a section of Tokyo's Minato ward famous for its nightlife, much of which is geared at foreigners.
Shibuya is a shopping and eating district popular with a lot of young Tokyoites. It's within walking distance from two other large shopping districts - Omotesando and Harajuku - as well as being quite close to Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Jingu shrine.
Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward is the center of the city and in many ways the center of all Japan.
Odaiba is a large artificial island in Tokyo, Japan, featuring many hypermodern and just plain strange buildings memorably described as the result of an acid-soaked pre-schooler's architecture class.
Setagaya is in western Tokyo, and is the largest of the city's 23 wards. Setagaya has a reputation as an upscale residential district, and features many areas of greenery.
Akihabara is Tokyo's "Electric Town", located on the eastern side of the central Chiyoda ward.
For the young and fashionable teenager, spending time in Harajuku on the weekends is practically a necessity.
The Ginza district of Tokyo, literally "Silver Mint", is in the Chuo ward. It is considered the high fashion center of the city and contains many upscale shops and restaurants.
Chuo is a central ward in Tokyo. While the name literally means "Center", this ward loses out in prestige to neighboring Chiyoda, home to the Emperor among others.
Ikebukuro is a section of Tokyo's Toshima ward. It is one of the three major metropolitan sub-centers on the Yamanote Line, along with Shinjuku and Shibuya.
Asakusa is a part of Tokyo's downtown Taito district best known for its many temples, particularly Sensōji.
Shinagawa is one of the 23 wards of central Tokyo, and is also a major railway station in south-central Tokyo.
If you want to get a feel for old Tokyo, Ueno in the Taito district is a good place to start.
Bunkyō is in Tokyo, north of the Imperial Palace. The name means roughly "Capital of Culture" and, indeed, it's best known as the home of the sprawling University of Tokyo and a series of aristocratic parks and villas.
Gotanda is part of Shinagawa and a Yamanote Line station between Osaki and Meguro.
Sumida Ward lies east of central Tokyo. It is home to a famous cherry blossom viewing area in spring, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival in summer, and Tokyo's main sumo stadium where tournaments are held three times a year.
Taitō is a northeastern district of Tokyo. Talk to a Tokyoite about "downtown", and he will think of the Taito district: the …
Suginami is in Tokyo, west of Shinjuku. Suginami is mostly a residential area which will provide a great view of real Japanese living in Tokyo.
Nakano ward, adjacent to Shinjuku, is the near edge of the endless urban sprawl of western Tokyo.
Nerima, Itabashi, and Kita are a trio of suburban wards in north and northwestern Tokyo, bordering Saitama and outer Tokyo's Tama region.
Minato is a ward in central Tokyo. The name means "port", referring to its seaside location, although due to reclamation many areas in the district are quite far from the sea these days.
Toshima is a ward in northwest Tokyo, Japan. The main train hub for the area is Ikebukuro, covered in a separate article.
Jiyugaoka is centered in Meguro but also extends into Setagaya and includes Okusawa.
Ebisu is a district of Tokyo, Japan. Ebisu is a station on the JR Yamanote line, one stop south of Shibuya.
Meguro is a largely residential district in southwest Tokyo, named after the Meguro River.
Eastern Tokyo covers the wards of Adachi, Katsushika, Edogawa, Kōtō and Arakawa.
Shinbashi is a district of central Tokyo which is a significant business center and commercial area, although not quite as busy as Shinjuku or Shibuya to the west.
Ota Ward is a suburban area of Tokyo, located between Shinagawa and Kawasaki. The name "Ota" is a combination of Omori and Kamata, two former wards which merged to form Ota Ward.
Akasaka is one of Tokyo's central business districts, full of corporate headquarters and expensive hotels.
Shiodome is a district of the Minato ward of central Tokyo, Japan. One of the newest quarters of the city, almost entirely built after 2000, Shiodome has been transformed from a derelict railway cargo terminal to a miniature city of skyscrapers.
Kasai Rinkai Park is the largest park in central Tokyo, located just across the Edogawa River from Tokyo Disney Resort.
Kunitachi is a city in Tokyo prefecture. The naming of Kunitachi comes from its location: sandwiched between Kokubunji City and Tachikawa City, the first kanji in each city was combined, making it Kunitachi.