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Tokyo is the capital of Japan and one of the largest cities in the world. The city is a combination of traditional and modern cosmopolitan life with historic and contemporary cultural attractions. Tokyo is well-known for its Ginza District, a place for shopping, sightseeing, and entertainment. The city is known for its exquisite cuisine and the Ginza District offers several famous Michelin star restaurants. One of the most visited places is the Imperial Palace, the residence and offices of Japan's Imperial Family. As one of Japan's 47 prefectures, Tokyo has many fine quality museums, historic temples, and gardens, along with the most sophisticated railway in the world.

Introduction to Tokyo

Tokyo is home to a unique display of contrasts: an active metropolis recognized for its discipline, culture, fashion, and high tech development with desires for tranquility and traditions. The city's urban nature is also apparent in its architecture influenced by its history. There are very few old buildings due to the 1923 earthquake and extensive bombings in World War II. Tokyo had to construct vertically to get the most out of its limited space and as a result, high rise buildings are unique and aesthetically developed.

Tokyo is divided into 23 wards known as ku. The business districts of Marunouchi and Hibiya are in Chiyoda-ku, while Ginza is part of Chuo-ku (Central Ward). These two wards are the historic hearts of Tokyo, for it was here that the city had its humble beginnings.

Each section provides some background information and useful links to help you make the most out of your time in Tokyo:


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