Tokyo: what to see in the capital of Japan

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What to see in Tokyo, major attractions and places to visit, origin of the name and city development.

Travel Guide Tokyo

Tokyo, capital of Japan, is a metropolis located in the south-east of the island of Honshu, on the northwestern side of the bay. Tokyo in the past was called Edo, meaning Gate of the river, and it was a village situated at the mouth of the Sumida-gawa River, became the seat of the military government with the Tokugawa clan, and then turned into a city populated and very advanced in many respects, when this dynasty came to rule all of Japan.

In 1868, with the restoration of the power of the Emperor and the launch of major reforms, the capital was moved from Kyoto to Edo, changing the name in Tokyo, the meaning of which is the capital of the East, being situated in the east of the previous capital Kyoto.

What to visit in Tokyo

Tokyo presents itself as a modern city looking to the future, its urban landscape is characterized by an architecture evolving, lacks historical sites. The traditional look, which coexists with the modern, you can notice it especially observing some habits of the people, seeing a beautiful garden or a beautiful temple.

This ernorme urban agglomeration consists of districts, cities, towns and villages, connected by an excellent rail service and other rail networks that allow you to reach all areas of the city. Ginza is the central district, where there are department stores, luxury boutiques, restaurants and cafes.

This area was, during the Edo period, the mint coinage of silver, which is the origin of the name of the neighborhood, as Ginza comes from gin which, translated into Italian, means silver.

The northern districts of Ueno and Asakusa are old Tokyo, the first, Ueno, with its large park full of attractions and the second, Asakusa, characterized by typical Japanese houses with the center the famous Senso-ji Temple. The neighborhoods are located to the west of the city, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, are modern centers geared to the new trends of cultural, artistic and entertainment.