Tokyo 東京

view over Tokyo with Mount Fuji in the background

Tokyo is Japan's capital and also one of Japan's 47 prefectures. With a population of over 13,600,000 people, the Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo was originally named Edo, but was renamed to Tokyo in 1868 when the emperor moved there from Kyoto, officially making Tokyo the capital of Japan. The city was heavily destroyed following both the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and from allied bombings during World War II in 1945.

Things to see in Tokyo

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Tokyo.

  1. Tokyo Skytree

    Tokyo Skytree Tower in Tokyo's Sumida City Ward

    Located in the Sumida City Ward close to Asakusa, the Tokyo Skytree with its impressive 634 meters the tower is the tallest structure in Japan. There are two observation decks at 350 and 450 meters respectively. Beside offering beautiful panoramic views of Tokyo there are also a souvenir shop, cafe and restaurant. At the base of the tower is the Tokyo Skytree Town complex. Besides a large variety of restaurants and shops it also houses both a Planetarium and an Aquarium.

    view from Tokyo Skytree's observation deck

    How to get there

    The elevators for Tokyo Skytree is located on the 4th floor of Tokyo Skytree Town. The closest stations is the Tokyo Skytree Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line and Oshiage Station on the Hanzomon Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line and Keisei Oshiage Line. There are also direct buses from Tokyo Station. The ride taking about 30 minutes and runs every half hour.

  2. Tsukiji Fish Market

    restaurants at Tsukiji Fish Market

    Tsukiji Fish Market is located in central Tokyo and is the most famous wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in Tokyo. The market is known as one of the biggest in the world, moving over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. The busy atmosphere and chance to see all kinds of fresh seafood makes Tsukiji Market a popular attraction for tourist. Especially popular is the famous Tuna Auction, starting as early as 3-4 in the morning.

    Tsukiji Fish Market is divided into an inner market where the wholesale business and auctions take place, and an outer market with restaurants and retail shops catering to the public. Since the market was not originally intended serving as a tourist attraction, several rules are now in place in order to avoid interference in the busy marketplace.

    stalls selling seafood at Tsukiji Fish Market

    How to get there

    The Tsukiji Fish Market is located just north of Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway Line, or in a 5 minutes walk from the Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line.