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.)

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


16 Jan

Tokyo has no shortage of theme parks to entertain visitors and residents. Tokyo Disneyland is the
biggest and most well known but on the other side of the city, a 39 minute train ride from Shinjuku
is Sanrio Puroland – the Tokyo home to Hello Kitty and her universe of friends. (ONLY in JAPAN)

11 Jan

The number of foreign visitors to Japan reached a record high of 31.88 million in 2019, but the growth was limited by a sharp fall in tourists from South Korea amid deteriorating bilateral ties, the tourism minister said Friday.
(Japan Today)

11 Jan

As the cultural and historical heart of the country, Kyoto deserves a spot on any Japan travel itinerary. However, with the city welcoming so many travelers, sometimes it can be hard finding a hotel with vacant rooms on the nights you wish to stay. (

10 Jan

Japan’s cherry blossoms are its most iconic symbol of spring, and if you’re planning a trip to the country, plenty of people will tell you that the most beautiful time to come is during sakura season. (

9 Jan

A bridge linking two of Japan’s main islands will light up almost every night starting in fiscal 2020 as neighboring communities hope to draw more visitors with a million-dollar view. (Nikkei)

8 Jan

Work has begun to carry snow to the northern Japanese city of Sapporo for an annual festival featuring huge snow sculptures.

6 Jan

A Japanese railway says that a new bullet train model will be put into service on the Tokaido Shinkansen line on July 1, in time for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

6 Jan

A female flight attendant for All Nippon Airways (ANA) caused delays in the departures of four domestic flights from Fukuoka Airport after she was found to be over the legal alcohol limit before boarding. (Japan Today)

5 Jan

The Japanese market for membership resort hotels is reviving and thriving, luring an expanding population of wealthy individuals and corporations looking for new employee perks alike. (Nikkei)

5 Jan

Transport and roads in Japan are crowded with people returning from new year holidays in their hometowns or abroad.

4 Jan

Tokyo’s oldest subway line got a brand-new station Friday in the tourism and nightlife hub of Shibuya, which is rapidly transforming ahead of the Olympics this summer. (Japan Times)

1 Jan

Driving in Japan is a wonder experience for those who want to escape the touristy areas over-visited by JR Rail Pass holders. (ONLY in JAPAN)

29 Dec

An overnight ban on outdoor alcohol drinking will take effect near Tokyo’s Shibuya Station on New Year’s Eve to prevent merrymakers from causing trouble during celebrations.

29 Dec

Highways, airports and train stations around Japan are busy on Saturday as year-end travelers head for their hometowns and holiday destinations.

27 Dec

Japan Airlines Co. said Thursday overseas members of its mileage program will be able to apply for free return tickets for domestic flights next summer, part of an effort to provide foreign travelers with a greater experience of Japan alongside the Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Kyodo)

20 Dec

Japan Airlines is stretching its wings in the low cost carrier market. A new subsidiary, Zipair Tokyo, starts operations next year. And the company is promising long distance services at budget prices. (NHK)

19 Dec

East Japan Railway Co. conducted trial operations on Wednesday on a section of the Joban Line in Fukushima Prefecture that has been closed since the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. (Japan Times)

18 Dec

Japan’s three main international airports will start using facial recognition to streamline security checks and the boarding process starting in 2020, cutting wait times ahead of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. (Nikkei)

15 Dec

Central Japan Railway will run 12 of its fastest bullet trains between Tokyo and Osaka each hour during high-demand periods starting next spring, up from the usual 10, as newer, faster trains allow for a more packed schedule. (Nikkei)

3 Dec

Kyoto is one of Japan’s best-known tourist destinations and offers a number of choices for luxury accommodations. (Nikkei)

1 Dec

Two Japanese restaurants have shot to the top of the La Liste ranking of best places to eat in the world, with a third one getting the second highest mark from the authoritative “guide of guides”. (Japan Today)

30 Nov

In the run-up to next year’s anticipated rise in international travel demand, last month, the curfew on landings at Narita Airport was extended to midnight. (Japan Today)

29 Nov

Tourist boats operating in Tokyo Bay, including traditional roofed boats serving food and drinks, are worried that their business will be hurt when next summer’s Olympics and Paralympics water games prevent them from operating on popular routes during the high season. (Japan Today)

27 Nov

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, one of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks, will start selling entrance tickets online later this week ahead of next year’s Olympics with an eye on cutting queuing time, the Japanese government said Tuesday. (Japan Today)

27 Nov

A famed Tokyo sushi restaurant where Barack Obama is said to have enjoyed the best sushi of his life has been dropped from the latest Michelin gourmet guide after it stopped accepting reservations from the general public. (Japan Today)