Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō) is Japan's capital and the world's most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.

Time in Tokyo:

Tokyo, Japan!

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

The old, narrow streets of the Asakusa district contain shops, women in kimono and the 7th-century Sensō-ji Buddhist temple. By contrast, Roppongi has lively nightclubs and karaoke bars, and Akihabara has high-tech electronics stores. Cozy Japanese-style pubs called izakaya are scattered throughout the city. The expansive Toyosu fish market is 

known for its morning tuna auction. The Tokyo SkyTree tower offers expansive views of the city from its public observation deck. Tokyo is famed for its vibrant food scene, and its Shibuya and Harajuku districts are the heart of its trendy teen fashion culture.

When to visit
Tokyo is busy year-round. The climate is humid subtropical, with hot summers and mild winters.
  • Popular events are New Year’s Day, when shrines are quite crowded;
  • cherry blossom festivals (Apr) throughout the city;
  • the Sanja Matsuri (May), with parades of portable shrines; the Sumida River
  • Fireworks Festival (Jul);
  • the festivals of Obon (Aug),
  • a Buddhist holiday that celebrates ancestors; and Awa Odori (Aug), with parades around Koenji Station.
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