Tokyo has relatively little to see in terms of sightseeing or historical interest as much of the city was destroyed by either the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, bombing during World War II or criminally shortsighted architects. But it is the capital city of Japan and also its economic, cultural and political heart. And this heart of some 12 million people is constantly beating at a furious pace.
Tokyo's night skyline, viewed from Odaiba
The first impression many visitors get is of the sheer number of people everywhere. But there are some oases of tranquility and even a few windows on life as it used to be lived in the past. Getting around the city is quick and convenient, with punctual train, subway and bus services. The Yamanote Line forms a loop around the city and is a good way to travel between the main centers.
Tokyo's Main Districts:
- Shibuya and Harajuku
- Imperial Palace and Ginza
- Asakusa and Akihabara
- Odaiba and Tokyo Disneyland
- See our page on the official websites for each prefecture and major city: Guide to Japan's Regions and Cities