TOKYO

Tōkyō (東京) is the capital of Japan. At over 12 million people in the official metropolitan area alone, Tokyo is the core of the most populated urban area in the world, Greater Tokyo (which has a population of 35 million 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.

Over 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 shogun in Edo. After the Meiji restoration in 1868, during which the Tokugawa family lost its influence, the emperor and the imperial family moved here from Kyoto, 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.)
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Sensōji (浅草寺). Also known as Asakusa Kannon, it is Tokyo’s largest Buddhist temple and a major attraction for Japanese and foreigners alike. Take the Asakusa exit of the subway and follow the crowds.


Imperial Palace (皇居 Kōkyo), ☎ +81 03-3213-1111. Surrounded by a series of moats and high walls, the site of the former Edo Castle has been the official residence of the Japanese imperial family since 1868. Reputedly the most expensive square kilometre in the world, which during the height of Japan’s bubble was estimated to be worth slightly more than California.


For the young and fashionable teenager, spending time in Harajuku (原宿) on the weekends is practically a necessity. Even older folks will want to visit the area, though, to see Meiji Jingu shrine and Yoyogi Park.


Tokyo Skytree. Tokyo Skytree is a broadcast, restuaurant, shopping mall, and oberservation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. The construction was started on July 2008,and finished its construction on 2012 of February. It measures 634 meeter, which is about 2,800 feet and became the tallest structure in Japan and also in the world. There are two illuminations that lights up the tower, which are called Iki(lighted blue) and Miyabi (lighted in pink). The observation deck is available from 8:00~22:00 and the admission fees are required only when entering the obervation deck. …WikiTravel

TOKYO NEWS

19 Mar

One of the most unusual stations in the whole country is now open and ready for business. (soranews24.com)

17 Mar

An amusement park themed on the world of Finland’s Moomin fairytale characters opened Saturday in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo, aiming to attract 1 million visitors a year. (Kyodo)

16 Mar

With so many maid cafes in Tokyo it can be hard to pick just one to visit if you’re pressed for time and on a tight itinerary.
(soranews24.com)

8 Mar

In Tokyo, the party can keep going all night, with bars, pubs, and clubs that stay open until the morning light. However, if you’ve got something else you’d like to do before sunrise, like, say, go home and get some sleep, you’ll want to keep the time of your last train in mind while you’re out partying. (Japan Today)

6 Mar

An amusement park themed on the world of Finland’s Moomin fairytale characters will open on March 16 in Saitama Prefecture, its operator said Tuesday. (Japan Today)

5 Mar

Japan’s transport ministry has installed a body scanner at a subway station in Tokyo on a trial basis to check for dangerous objects.
(NHK)

2 Mar

The operator of Narita International Airport near Tokyo said Thursday it will introduce in spring 2020 a facial recognition technology-based system that enables passengers to board planes, after check-in, without showing their passports or boarding passes.
(Japan Times)

27 Feb

The international terminal at Haneda airport in Tokyo will be renamed Terminal 3 in March 2020 as part of large-scale renovations to cope with an increase in international flights ahead of the Olympics and Paralympics, sources said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

26 Feb

Power outages disrupted train services between Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture for more than four hours on Monday morning, affecting about 280,000 commuters.
(NHK)

25 Feb

Japan’s transport ministry says it will be testing body scanners at a busy Tokyo subway station next month. The scanners will screen dangerous objects hidden beneath clothing.
(NHK)

23 Feb

All Nippon Airways said Friday it was forced to delay a domestic flight earlier this week after a co-pilot failed an alcohol breath test despite new rules. (Japan Today)

18 Feb

People are enjoying the first signs of spring at an annual plum flower festival at the Kairakuen garden in Mito City, north of Tokyo.
(NHK)

17 Feb

The Royal Express is coming to Hokkaido, but if you can’t wait, it’s already running in the Tokyo area. (soranews24.com)

16 Feb

A fire broke out at a warehouse in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon leaving three men dead and another man injured, while some flights at nearby Haneda airport were also disrupted by the incident. (Kyodo)

9 Feb

A cold snap hit Tokyo and its surrounding areas Saturday, causing cancellations of more than 100 domestic flights to and from the capital. (Japan Times)

5 Feb

Tokyo Tower, an iconic landmark in the capital, has been illuminated in red as part of the efforts to welcome Chinese visitors to Japan during the Lunar New Year holiday.
(NHK)

2 Feb

Flights remain disrupted at Narita airport near Tokyo. One of its runways was shut down for seven hours on Friday due to a stranded plane.
(NHK)

29 Jan

Narita Airport, near Tokyo, is expected to extend its operating hours until midnight, starting in October.
(NHK)

27 Jan

Central Japan Railway Co. has said that its N700S bullet train model will go into service on the Tokaido Shinkansen in early July 2020, just before the start of the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics. (Japan Times)

24 Jan

The operation of Japan’s oldest monorail line will be suspended at a Tokyo zoo in November following a 62-year run as the current vehicles are getting old, the metropolitan government said Wednesday. (Kyodo)

23 Jan

A minibus decorated with All Nippon Airways Co.’s signature blue and white logo motors across the tarmac at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. From the outside, it looks like an ordinary bus, with a person sitting in the driver’s seat — except no one is really operating the vehicle. (Japan Times)

17 Jan

Japan’s most beloved flowers are often associated with April, but they’ll be at their most beautiful in Tokyo before that, says forecast. (soranews24.com)

8 Jan

Japan is stepping up efforts to expand automatic train operations to cope with a possible shortage of drivers amid its declining population, with East Japan Railway Co. conducting its latest self-driving test on Tokyo’s Yamanote loop line on Monday. (Kyodo)

8 Jan

Japan started collecting a ¥1,000 departure tax Monday from each traveler leaving the country in an effort to fund measures to attract more foreign visitors in the run-up to and beyond the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. (Japan Times)

7 Jan

Flight cancellations due to heavy snow in Hokkaido, northern Japan, left around 2,000 travelers stranded overnight at a key airport through Sunday, right at the end of the country’s New Year holidays. (Kyodo)