Tokyo Travel Guide

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  Tokyo at night Tok yo From Wik itravelKanto : Tok yo (prefecture) : Tokyo Discussion on defining district borders for Tokyo is in progress. If you know the city pretty well, please share your opinion on the talk page. Tokyo is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing,restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of them. Tōkyō  ( 東京 ) [1] ( is the capital of Japan. Atover 12 million  people in the official metropolitan area alone, Tokyo is the core of the most populated ur  ban area in the world, Greater Tokyo (which has a population of 35million people). This huge, wealthy and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan, and has something for everyone. Contents [+] DistrictsCentral TokyoOld Tokyo ( Shitamachi )Suburbs[+] UnderstandCultureExpensesClimate[+] Get in[+] By plane Narita AirportHaneda AirportIbaraki AirportChōfu AirfieldBy trainBy car or thumbBy busBy boat[+] Get around[+] By train and subwayFares and hoursBy taxiBy car By busBy ferryBy bicycleBy footTalk [+] SeeItinerariesDoLearnWork [+] BuyAnime and manga  Map of Central Tokyo BooksCameras and electronicsFashionKitchenwareMusicSouvenirsStreet markets[+] EatBudgetMid-rangeSplurgeDrink [+] SleepBudgetMid-rangeSplurge[+] ContactFree WifiPaid WifiInternet cafeStay safe[+] CopeHealthcare centresBabysittingEmbassiesGet out Districts Huge and varied in its geography, with over 2,000 square kilometers (770 mi²) to explore, Tokyo Metropolis  ( 東京都   Tōkyō-to ) spans not just thecity, but rugged mountains to the west and subtropical islands to the south. This article concentrates on the 23 central wards ( 区   ku ) near the bay,while the western cities and the islands are covered in a separate article. The geography of central Tokyo is defined by the JR Yamanote Line (see Get around). The center of Tokyo — the former area reserved for the Shogunand his samurai — lies within the loop, while the Edo-era downtown ( 下町    shitamachi ) is to the north and east. Sprawling around in all directions and blending in seamlessly are Yokohama, Kawasaki and Chiba, Tokyo's suburbs. Central Tokyo Chiyoda  (Akihabara)The seat of Japanese power (both political and economic) that includes the Imperial Palace , theMinistries near Kasumigaseki, the Parliament in Nagatacho, the corporate headquarters of Marunouchi, and the electronics mecca of Akihabara . Chuo  (Ginza)Also includes the famed department stores of the Ginza and the fish markets of Tsukiji. Minato  (Akasaka, Shinbashi, Roppongi, Odaiba, Shiodome)Including the business centers of Akasaka  and Shinbashi  and the neighbouring nightclub district of  Roppongi , the port district (at least in name) which includes the artificial island of Odaiba , theskyscrapers of Shiodome . Shinjuku  Home to luxury hotels, giant camera stores, futuristic skyscrapers, hundreds of shops andrestaurants, and Kabukicho , Tokyo's wildest nightlife and red-light district. Shibuya  (Harajuku, Ebisu)The fashionable shopping district which also encompasses the teenybopper haven of Harajuku (also home to the Meiji Shrine ) and the nightlife of EbisuShinagawa  (Gotanda)A major train hub and business center, including Gotanda . Toshima  (Ikebukuro)Including Ikebukuro , another giant train hub.  Map of TokyoMap of Old Tokyo   Meguro  A residential area with a few nice parks and museums. Old Tokyo (  Shitamachi  ) Sumida  (Ryogoku)Home of the Edo-Tokyo Museum  and Tokyo's main sumo arena (Ryogoku Kokugikan), both in Ryogoku . Taito  (Asakusa, Ueno)The heart of Old Tokyo featuring the temples of Asakusa  and National Museums  in Ueno . Bunkyo  Home to Tokyo Dome and the University of Tokyo. Koto  Famous for Kameido Tenjin and former woodland in Kiba, but now known for its many new public apartment complexes. Arakawa  Home to Tokyo's last srcinal tram line. Suburbs East  Many suburban wards, including Adachi , where one can visit one of Kanto's Three Great Temples: Nishi-arai Daishi, Katsushika , known for the charming Showa-era atmosphere of Shibamata  and Edogawa , a quiet eastern suburb. North  Includes the suburban wards of Kita , Itabashi  and the quieter northern Nerima , which containssome of the 23 wards' last remaining farmland. Nakano  Home to the otaku  paradise known as Nakano Broadway. Ota  Half industrial complex, half upscale residential area. Setagaya  An upscale residential area that houses the student drinking spot of Shimokitazawa  as well as thenewly revitalized shopping centers of Futako-Tamagawa . Suginami  Typical Tokyo suburb stretching along the Chuo Line. Understand  Shinjuku at nightCherry blossom picnic, YoyogiPark  Luggage delivery Send your bags into town before you arrive—Tokyo iscrowded. Lugging even a moderately sized suitcasethrough the subways and up stairs can be difficult, particularly during rush hour. Delivery services( takkyuubin ) deliver luggage dependably and quickly tonearly any address. You can send almost any shape or size of luggage, even bicycles, from and to the airport.One exception: if you have bottles of alcohol in your luggage, you'll have to carry those yourself even if theairline allowed them in your in checked baggage.At airports and major train stations, look for a sign thatsays Baggage Delivery or something similar. The mostcommon company is called Kuroneko-Yamato , whichhas an easy-to-spot black-on-yellow logo of a mother catcarrying her kitten. Other companies include Nittsu  and Saawa . Jaan Post  the national ostal service alsoOver 500 years old, the city of Tokyo grew from the modest fishing village of Edo  ( 江戸 ). The city only truly began to grow when it became the seat of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1603. While the emperor ruled in name from Kyoto, the true power was concentrated in the hands of the Tokugawa shogunin Edo. After the Meiji restoration in 1868, during which the Tokugawa family lost its influence, the emperor and the imperial family moved here fromKyoto, and the city was re-named to its current name, Tokyo. The metropolitan center of the country, Tokyo is the destination for business, education,modern culture, and government. (That's not to say that rivals such as Osaka won't dispute those claims.) Culture Tokyo is vast : it's best thought of not as a single city, but a constellation of cities that have grown together. Tokyo'sdistricts vary wildly by character, from the electronic blare of Akihabara to the Imperial gardens and shrines of Chiyoda, from the hyperactive youth culture mecca of Shibuya to the pottery shops and temple markets of Asakusa. If you don't like what you see, hop on the train and head to the next station, and you will find something entirely different.The sheer size and frenetic pace of Tokyo can intimidate the first-time visitor. Much of the city is a jungle of concreteand wires, with a mass of neon and blaring loudspeakers. At rush hour, crowds jostle in packed trains and masses of humanity sweep through enormous and bewilderingly complex stations. Don't get too hung up on ticking tourist sightsoff your list: for most visitors, the biggest part of the Tokyo experience is just wandering around at random andabsorbing the vibe, poking your head into shops selling weird and wonderful things, sampling restaurants where youcan't recognize a single thing on the menu (or on your plate), and finding unexpected oases of calm in the tranquilgrounds of a neighbourhood Shinto shrine. It's all perfectly safe, and the locals will go to sometimes extraordinary lengths to help you if you just ask. Expenses The cost of living in Tokyo is not as astronomical as it once was. Deflation and market pressures have helped to make costs in Tokyo comparable to mostother large cities. Visitors from San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London will likely not find it any more expensive than back home. Travelersshould budget a similar amount of money for their stay in Tokyo as they would for any other great city in Europe, North America or Australia. Locals willknow the bargains, but experienced cheapskates from anywhere in the world can get by with a little ingenuity. Tokyo is one of the most popular places tolive in Japan. It is also rated the fifth most expensive city to live in, in the world. Rent for a single's apartment could range from $US500 to $US1,000 amonth. Tokyo is so overwhelmingly crowded that apartments are usually no bigger than 175 square feet (16 square meters). Climate Tokyo is classified as lying in the humid subtropical climate zone and has four distinct seasons. Summers are usuallyhot and humid with a temperature range of about 20-30 °C (68-86 °F), though it can sometimes climb into the highthirties. Winters are usually mild, with temperatures generally ranging from 0-10 °C (32-50 °F), though occasionalcold spells can send temperatures plummeting below zero at night. Snow is rare, but on those rare occasions (onceevery few years) when Tokyo is hit by a snowstorm, much of the train network grinds to a halt. The famous cherry blossoms bloom in March-April and parks, most famously Ueno, fill up with blue tarps and sozzled salarymen. Get in In Japan, all roads, rails, shipping lanes and planes lead to Tokyo. By plane Tokyo has two large airports: Narita for international flights, and Haneda for (mostly)domestic flights. Narita Airport   See also: Narita Tokyo's main international gateway is Narita Airport  ( 成田空港 ) (IATA: NRT ) [2](, located in the town of Narita nearly 70 kilometers (43mi) northeast of Tokyo and covered in a separate article. A brief   summary of options for getting there and away: Easiest : Limousine bus direct to major hotels, ~120 minutes (subject to traffic),¥3,500 Fastest : Skyliner (Keisei Electric Railway) to Nippori and Ueno Stations, under  
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