The capital of Japan, Tokyo, is located in the east of the island of Honshu in the Pacific Ocean. Tokyo is a huge city with an area of 2000 km2., this also includes the adjacent district. About 9 million people live here. With the surrounding suburbs, the population increases to an estimated 40 million. Unlike European cities, Tokyo has no historic center, but consists of a number of smaller centers. The translation of the city's name "Eastern Capital" speaks volumes about its size and importance.
Tokyo has a great choice of hotels, from cheap to the most luxurious. You will find the cheapest hotels in Taito. Beware of hotels marked as business hotel. These hotels are usually located in a very good location, but offer very small rooms, also their staff speaks very little English. If you are interested in something very unconventional, you can try accommodation in Tokyo in sleeping capsules. The price for one night is around $ 30. On the contrary, you will find the most luxurious hotels in western Shinjuku or around Tokyo Station.
This city, more than 500 years old, originated from a fishing village called Edo. The name Tokyo was originated only in 1868. A year later, the emperor, who had been in Kyoto until then, moved into Edo Castle. The imperial family still lives here in its palace and surrounding gardens. In the twentieth century, Tokyo was not spared natural or war disasters. A major earthquake shook the city in the early twentieth century. Twenty-two years later, in 1945, Tokyo was bombed by the US Air Force during World War II. After the war, the city was completely rebuilt for the occasion of the Olympic Games, that took place here in 1964.
Traffic is a big problem in Tokyo. Although the city has one of the largest public transport networks in the world, this will not prevent trains and the metro from being congested during rush hour. Not to mention the roads, that are crowded with vehicles and are constantly forming convoys. Another negative resulting from the excess of cars is the smog in which the city is shrouded. Tokyo Central Station is the center of all train connections throughout Japan. You can get to Kyoto or Osaka by the modern Shinkansen express train.
The best time to travel to Tokyo is during the spring or autumn months, when the temperatures are pleasant and it doesn't rain that much. The end of autumn can be problematic, when tropical cyclones called typhoons can occur.
Landmarks and activities in Tokyo
This modern city, with a strong cultural tradition, offers so much, that spending just a day or two here is simply not enough. From Tokyo Tower, you can explore the city at 333 meters or visit Disney Land. After an exhausting day, go to relax to a spa, as all Japanese like to do. You must definitely taste the local sushi delicacy, for example at the local Tsukiji fish market or go shopping at the Nakamise Market.