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Tokyo - Imperial capital.

Japans most famous city

Japan's most famous city, full of stunning modern skyscrapers and continuously flashing neon lights, Tokyo is the capital and also country's largest city,and official seat of politics. Located on the eastern coast of Honshu Island and next to Tokyo Bay, the city is amongst the world's most important economic centres. It's a country of islands, extends along the eastern or Pacific coast of Asia. The four main islands, running from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu (or the mainland), Shikoku, and Kyushu.

With fast bullet trains, a huge subway network, a truly chaotic rush hour, areas of concrete jungle, historic temples, the Imperial Palace and many enormous shopping arcades, Tokyo has everything that you would expect in a leading Japanese city, and plenty more besides

Home to the Japanese Government, it is a vast metropolis, which has grown in size and stature from the early 1600s, to become Japan's capital city. Tokyo was originally a small fishing village named Edo – a small castle town in the 16th century. It became the imperial capital in 1868 and its name was changed to Tokyo, in line with the East Asian tradition of including the word capital in the name of the capital city.

The 23 city wards (ku) are the center of Tokyo and make up about one third of the metropolis' area, while housing roughly eight of Tokyo's approximately twelve million residents.

After the war, Tokyo was completely rebuilt, and was showcased to the world during the 1964 Summer Olympics.



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