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Tokyo Introduction


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Tokyo, Japan, presents a different view at every turn. It's one of the world's main economic centers and its most populous agglomeration. The business of Tokyo is business, but you can still find harmony and small-scale gardens on back streets. Around the corner from neon and concrete, you may find the bonsai-lined courtyard of a traditional inn.  Click here to see the full Tokyo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tokyo Geography


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Tokyo is located on the east coast of Japan's volcanic main island, Honshu, at the northwest corner of Tokyo Bay. It's part of a huge urban corridor that sweeps from Chiba City (close to Narita Airport) in the east and Saitama in the north to Yokohama in the south, connected by clean, efficient train and subway systems and an amazing network of elevated expressways. Tokyo Prefecture sprawls from the banks of the Edogawa River in the east to the mountains of Tanzawa to the west, and even includes a chain of islands stretching far to the south. The city itself is made up of 23 central wards, or ku, surrounded by many smaller cities and towns, known as shi.   Click here to see the full Tokyo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tokyo History


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Tokyo's history is a story of continual reinvention. Located at the mouth of the Sumida River, the city was originally a marshy fishing village called Edo ("river mouth"). It became important in the early 1600s when the warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu seized power and declared himself shogun (military governor), establishing a dynasty that lasted some 260 years. While the Japanese emperor remained cloistered in Kyoto, the shogunate made Edo his political and military base and required Japan's other feudal lords to reside there for six months every other year.   Click here to see the full Tokyo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tokyo Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Tokyo's veneration of old traditions shows in the respect for and popularity of its many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples that serve as an escape from the city's hectic pace. Two of the most popular are the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Meiji Shrine. In contrast, Tokyo SkyTree, Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills are three of the modern landmarks, offering views of the city (and sometimes Mount Fuji) that you can't get anywhere else.  Click here to see the full Tokyo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tokyo Nightlife


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If you're thinking about a night out on the town, keep in mind that some of the smaller clubs and bars may not welcome outsiders unless they're introduced by their regular customers. There are plenty of other bars and Japanese-style drinking establishments that do, however, particularly in cosmopolitan nightlife areas such as Roppongi.  Click here to see the full Tokyo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Tokyo Restaurants & Dining


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Staying well-fed in Japan can be an expensive endeavor, but it doesn't have to be: If menu prices shock you, you can stop at a noodle shop for a tasty and filling meal of udon (white wheat noodles), soba (gray-brown buckwheat noodles) or ramen (Chinese noodles). Yakitori (grilled morsels of skewered chicken with sweet sauce or salt) is another inexpensive option, though there are also many classier yakitori restaurants serving premium breeds of chicken, as well as vegetables and occasionally beef grilled over charcoal. Another option we highly recommend is to take advantage of the many expensive and famous restaurants that have more reasonably priced lunch menus, often featuring some of the same wonderful dishes they charge more for in the evenings. Upscale eateries often advertise their gourmet food through such lunchtime specials.  Click here to see the full Tokyo travel guide on Travel42 »

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