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Vinay aravind satish lingireddy

Vinay aravind satish lingireddy5.0/5

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Foreign friendly Tokyo

Unbelievably friendly Tokyo was. Tokyoiities bent over backwards ( literally) to help foreigners . . Everything was a breeze through. Transport. Tickets. Tourist places. Restaurants. Theatres. Didn't find it hard to access them. This is how our major cities would look like in the future. Efficient. Clean. Punctual. Obedient. Respectful. Tokyo sets a benchmark for all Asian cities for how to integrate culture and modernism. City planners need to learn a lot from this city of how to manage a city with the population of a small country 39 million. Put this city and country on your bucket list. The food is amazing. You've to tweak a bit of your taste towards Japanese cuisine just to see how wonderful the food was. Their culture was excellently similar to ours or was in the past as I gathered from the Kabuki performance.

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Plabita Borthakur

Plabita Borthakur5.0/5

6 reviews

Crazy Tokyo!

Tokyo is a crazy city! I'd gone to attend the Tokyo International Film Festival and I thought I won't get time to see around but when I reached I was like I have to see this city. Amazing public transport, every little corner is connected. Must check out Shibuya crossing, the busiest crossing ever. Super crowded but super clean. The city is super alive. Especially at places like Roppongi, Shinjuku and Shibuya! The lights in the city are unbelievably beautiful, the nights are super colorful.

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Tokyo Overview

Tokyo, officially known as Tokyo Metropolis, is located on the Eastern side of the main island Honshu. One of the 47 prefectures of Japan, Tokyo was formed by the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo in 1943.

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and is also the centre of the Greater Tokyo Area. This largest metropolitan area of Japan is also the seat of the Japanese government and home of the Japanese Imperial Family.

Spread across an area of over 2,000 sq km, Tokyo prefecture spans 23 central wards near the bay, which are administered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The prefecture also encompasses 39 municipalities on the West, along with two outlying islands towards the South. The special wards alone have a population of 8 million people. The total population of the official metropolitan area exceeds 13 million.

With such a high population, Tokyo is the core of the most populated urban area in the world, Greater Tokyo. It is also referred to as one of the three command centres of the world economy, along with New York City and London.

Several magazines have also named Tokyo as the 'World's Most Liveable City' and the 'World's Most Liveable Megalopolis'. Tokyo has also been awarded as the city of maximum Michelin stars in the world, by far.

In the late 12th century, Tokyo was a small fishing village, fortified by the Edo clan and was thus, named Edo. The village served as the base of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1590, who later became the shogun in 1603.

Under Tokugawa’a successors, the city developed rapidly and grew into one of the largest in the world. In 1657, half of the city of Edo was destroyed in the Great fire of Meireki, resulting in the death of around 100,000 people.

Mt. Fuji erupted and spewed ash on Edo in the year 1707. Following was the Great Edo Earthquake, which struck the city in 1855. By the 18th century, the population of Edo topped over 1 million.

Edo became the de facto capital of Japan, even when the emperor lived in Kyoto. Already serving as the political and cultural centre of Japan, Tokyo was unofficially made the imperial capital as well, with the ascent of Emperor Meiji in 1869.

It was then, when the city of Tokyo was established and served as the capital until 1943. Being abolished as a municipality, the city of Tokyo was merged with the 'Metropolitan Prefecture' of Tokyo.

During World War II, the United States dropped bombs on Tokyo in an air attack. The bombing in 1944 and 1945 was followed by death of 75,000 to 200,000 people, accompanied with the destruction of almost half of the city.

After the war, Tokyo was completely rebuilt and hosted the 18th Summer Olympics in 1964. With the dawn of the 1970s, new developments took place in Tokyo while the population reached about 11 million in the metropolitan area alone. From 1980s to 1990s, the city witnessed a slant transition in the real estate industry, followed by major recession, from which it is still recovering.

With so much happening over the years, Tokyo became home to many ancient sites including temples, shrines and palaces. The skyscrapers and museums built in the city in the modern time further, added to the tourism value of the city. Tokyo eventually emerged as a popular tourist destination across the world.

The best time to visit the place is during the spring and autumn months, when the weather is neither hot and humid nor cold. Hence, tourists can visit the place in the months of March, April and May, which is the spring season or from September through November, the autumn months.

Photos of Tokyo

Ueno Park, Tokyo

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Ueno Park, Tokyo
Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo

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Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo
Tokyo Tower, Tokyo

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Tokyo Tower, Tokyo
Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo

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Getting to Tokyo

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Cost: INR 510

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Transit

Transit time: 12 hrs from major cities

Cost ₹ 20,500 per person

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