Discover japan's dazzling capital - where ancient meets modern
Tokyo, Japan’s bustling capital, is home to just over 9 million people, and is the country’s largest city. Tokyo mixes modern with traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers, cherry tree-lined parks, attractive gardens and historic temples and shrines. Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo, a small castle town in the 16th century. In 1603 Edo became Japan’s political centre. Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. What is unique to Tokyo is that it is made up of smaller cities without one true city centre. One of the most popular attractions in Tokyo is The Imperial Palace, located in the district of Taitō. Other districts of interest include Asakusa, where the city’s history can be appreciated. Other highlights are Ueno Park, the city’s largest green space and particularly worth a visit during the cherry blossom season, and Tokyo Skytree is the world’s tallest free-standing broadcast tower. Tokyo’s premier shopping area, the lively and popular neon-lit district of Ginza, is another highlight of the city. Tokyo also has a fantastic selection of Museums, from the renowned Ghibli Museum, showcasing the animation work of Studio Ghibli, to fabulous art museums and the historical Edo-Tokyo Museum.