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Ultimate Guide to Explore Tokyo

A Guide to Japan City, Tokyo

Have you ever been to Japan on tour and failed to visit Tokyo? Then you have not seen the beauty that is in the country. Tokyo is one of the most famous cities in the world. It is considered among the most populous metropolis.

In Japan, there are 47 Prefectures and Tokyo is one of them. This shows how big the city is and how important it is to the people.

Tokyo consists of 23 central city wards and multiple cities. You can call it a city of cities. It also contains several towns and many villages to the west. Apart from that, it holds the Izu and Ogasawara Islands making it one of the biggest cities in the world generally.

The modern Tokyo is a real beauty to behold. Tourists from all over the world come to the city to be part of Japan's history and culture during the major cultural dates. It is a good place to spend your holiday.

However, visiting the city may not be easy if you have no idea what it holds. You might end up going back home without experiencing the amazing things the city has to offer. That is why this guide is important for you.

History of Tokyo

While you need to enjoy the beauty in the city. It is important as well that you know how it all started. Here is a brief history of Tokyo.

 •  1869. Just a small village called Edo. The people who occupied the area were the Edo clan who fortified it in the 12 century. The famous Edo was then built here after 200 years. In 1509, at the time when the capital moved with the new emperor, Edo became the center of government under Tokugawa Leyasu. The Shogun started a period of peace that brought order in the region for 250 years. The city got a chance to grow fast in popularity and economy. By the 18th century, it was habited by millions of people. the peace with disrupted by the entrance of the America Commodore Matthew C. Perry.

 •  1869-1943. The entrance of C. Perry opened the harbors for the infiltration of foreign goods that hiked prices in the region causing a rebellion from the people. Those who followed Emperor Meiji were so violent they overthrew Yoshinobu the last Shogun from Tokugawa. Since there was not Shogun, Meiji moved here from Kyoto and renamed Edo, Tokyo (the eastern capital). Since then, then Tokyo became the capital of Japan. The city continued to grow as the network of dense subways begun to rise. A major setback in this development was the 1923 Kanto earthquake that saw around 140,000 casualties and damage of properties. The air raids during WWII also affected the city to a great length.

 •  1943-modern Tokyo. In 1943, the city was merged with the Prefecture of Tokyo allowing a quick reconstruction. This led to it being chosen to host the 1964 Olympics adding to its popularity. The population continued increased, especially in the 1970s when major developments were witnessed in the city. More than 11 million people dwelt here forcing a real estate swell in the '80s. In 1990 however, the debt bubble that had been growing in the 80s burst causing a huge recession, terming it 'the lost decade'. Coming back on track took some time.

 •  Tokyo today. One of the lucky times Tokyo has witnessed in during the 2011 earthquake that hit most parts of Japan but only scratched the city. This has ensured the growth of a city that continues to see better days each year. It offers the best experience for visitors and locals altogether.

What To Do in Tokyo

Tokyo is seen as a little fishing village that became a major town. This only should give you a reason to visit. Things to do include:

 •  Visit the Tokyo tower. Witness the unique feature of the city from a high point on the Tokyo towers. It is the best observation deck that holds the Guinness World Record Museum, an aquarium, and a wax museum.
 •  Harajuku. This is the heart of Tokyo's youth culture. It has great boutiques and restaurants.
 •  Senso-ji temple. This is a hotspot for tourists. It is an elegant structure you should not miss.
 •  Check the Tokyo Skytree. This Japan's tallest building will give you the most elegant night view of the city.
 •  Visit the Tokyo National Museum for amazing discoveries.
 •  Get a tour of the Imperial Palace.
 •  Get your lunch at Ameya Yokocho.

How Do I get To Tokyo?

There are two main ways to get to the city.

 •  By air. Tokyo has two airports: Narita Airport for major international flights and Haneda Airport majorly for domestic flights.
 •  By Shinkansen. There are many Shinkansen lines that lead to Tokyo. It will take you about 3 hours from Osaka. Other direct lines come from Kyushu, Kanazawa, Niigata and several leading to Tohoku region, Hokkaido. Ensure you get the Japan Rail Pass and the Tokyo Wide Pass for JR trains and Tokyo Monorail.
 •  You can also travel by bus.

Historic Areas in Tokyo to See

Planning a trip to Tokyo can be quite a fan. There are a few historic places which include:

 •  The Mt. Fuji Trip that includes Lake Ashi Sightseeing Cruise from Tokyo.
 •  Shrine and temples: - Shengakuji temple Meiji Jingu Shrine, Sensoji temple
 •  Edo-Tokyo Museum

Top Things To See and Do in Tokyo

Here are things you should not miss in Tokyo:

 •  Western Tokyo. Visit the Tsukiji Outer Market for fresh seafood, the get to Akihabara, Koishikawa Korakuen, Hama Rikyu, and the Imperial Palace.
 •  Northern Tokyo. Visit the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Skytree, Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, Edo-Tokyo Museum, and Rikugien.
 •  Western Tokyo has Shibuya, Shinjuku, Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park.
 •  Southern Tokyo has Odaiba, Institute of Nature, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Tower and the Sengakuji Temple.

How popular is Tokyo Compared to Other Japan Cities?

Tokyo is the most popular city in Japan. It is among the 47 Prefectures, making it not only the largest but the most metropolitan city in the region. It is a historical city as well as having grown from a small fishing Edo area.

Its population has been rising over the years. At the moment it has some of the best real estate structures in the world.

Best Places to Shop in Tokyo

The Dover Street Market Ginza is among the top shopping areas in Tokyo. It is located in the heart of Tokyo's luxury shopping district. You cannot miss this area.

Then there is the Shimokita Garage Department that holds various vintage shops and iconic street style. You will get everything from apparel, accessories, shoes, patches and everything else.

A Bathing Ape is the hometown hero. Looking for the best streetwear, this is the place to start from.

Top Temples in Tokyo

You cannot visit Tokyo without seeing the following temple:

 •  The Tennoji temple
 •  Zojoji Temple
 •  Senso-Ji
 •  Shigakuji
 •  Meiji Jingu
 •  ISKCON New Gaya

Best Time To Visit Tokyo

Visiting Japan does not really have the best time. Any time of the year will give you a great fan beyond your imagination. However, consider major events like the blossoming of the cherries in April and the Obon. Generally, the best time would be when you are relaxed and have nothing to worry about.

What is Tokyo Known For?

Tokyo is worldly known for the following seven things.

 •  Harajuku - fashion and youth culture
 •  Tsukiji Fish market - the largest fish market in the world.
 •  Akihabara - the epicenter for anime, electronics, manga and video games
 •  Cherry blossoms- the springtime made great
 •  Meiji shrine - The imperial shrine dedicated to Meiji and his wife
 •  Shibuya crossing - The busiest railway on the planet
 •  Sensoji Temple - the oldest and most significant temple in Tokyo.

What is the Weather Like in Tokyo?

 •  January to March. Expect cold weather during these months. Temp - 32F, and Humidity 82%.
 •  April: average temp- 42F and slightly more humidity
 •  May: Temperature range from 32F to 77F. It is one of the best times to visit Tokyo
 •  June to September: About 69% humidity with temps between 32F and 95F, not the best times to come here.
 •  October to December: Winter sets in making it the best times in October before the weather starts to dampen again in November.

Best Time to Travel to Tokyo

The best time to travel to Tokyo would be in May and October if you are concerned about the weather. But for those who love the layers in winter, October should get you here. Generally, you can travel during the National cultural days.

Best Places to Eat

Here are the top places to get your meals from:

 •  Totti Candy factory. This is the best place to keep you on the go with something sweet.
 •  Ameya Yokocho. The locals call this pace the Ameyoko and are one of the best places to eat your meals.
 •  Take your breakfast at the Tsukiji fish market before starting your day.
 •  Finish your day with dinner at Shibuya.

Best Sushi Places

Genki Sushi is definitely the best sushi places in Tokyo. They deliver it through conveyor belt which gives you the freedom to enjoy you mean. Other places include:

 •  Sushi Dai
 •  Sushi Saito
 •  Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten
 •  Himawari Zushi Shintoshin

Best Places To See

Check out the following places:

 •  Mount Fuji with Kawaguchi Lake and Gotemba Outlets.
 •  Skytree
 •  Disneyland
 •  Nikko Toshogu Shrine and Kegon Waterfalls
 •  The Imperial Palace
 •  Tokyo National Museum

Best Japanese Style Hotels

The best Ryokan hotels in the city include:

 •  Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu
 •  Ito Ryokan
 •  Hoshinoya Tokyo
 •  Sedachiyo
 •  Tokyo inn Sakura An
 •  Takaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan
 •  Tama Ryokan
 •  Ryokan and Day Shizuku

Can You See Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo? Where?

Cherry blossoms are one of the features that make cherry blossoms famous. It happens every year and it is one of most spectacular moments. The exact bloom dates (mankai) change each year because of weather patterns but expect them early March and Late April. The best places to see them from are:

 •  Shinjuu Gyoen
 •  Chidorigafuchi
 •  Sumida park


Tokyo is a great place to be any time of the year. You can come here any time of the year and still have the best time of your life. We hope this guide has been helpful.

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