Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan’s capital is one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards, multiple towns and villages outside the city centre and Izu and Ogasawara Islands. The metropolis is located in the Kantō region on the south-eastern side of the main island Honshu. Known as Edo until 1868, the city is home to the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan’s unofficial political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. It officially became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from the old capital of Kyoto in 1868.

The Tokyo metropolitan government administers each of Tokyo’s 23 Wards, which are governed as individual cities, as well as 39 municipalities in the western part of the prefecture and the two outlying islands. Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945.

Today, visitors to Tokyo are met with a seemingly unlimited choice shopping, entertainment, culture and dining. The city’s history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa and in the many museums, historic temples and gardens. Tokyo also boasts a number of attractive green spaces in the city centre and within relatively short trains rides at its outskirts.

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