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Tokyo

Tokyo, is the capital of Japan, and it is also called as the largest metropolitan area in the world and formed buy the chain of islands. Tokyo is situated in the southeastern part of the islands.

The city hosts 47 of the Fortune Global 500 companies. Tokyo has been rehearsed as one of the three "command centers" for the world economy, along with New York City and London. Tokyo was originally a small fishing village named Edo, and basically it is the part of the old Musashi Province.

During the subsequent Edo period, Edo grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population of around one million by the 18th century. Tokyo became the de facto capital of Japan even while the emperor lived in Kyoto, the imperial capital.

Central Tokyo, like Osaka, has been designed since about 1900 to be centered on major railway stations in a high-density fashion, so suburban railways were built relatively cheap. This differs from many cities in the United States that are low-density and all are automobile based.

Tokyo suffered with two major hazards, but soon it recovered from the both. One was the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake, which left 140,000 dead or missing, and the other was World War II. The half of the city was destroyed in 1944 and 1945 due to the bombing in Tokyo with 75,000 dead, was almost as devastating as the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

Tokyo's subway and commuter rail network became one of the busiest in the world. The mainland of Tokyo lies northwest of Tokyo Bay and it's upto about 90 km east to west and 25 km north to south. The average elevation in Tokyo is 40 m. Chiba Prefecture to the east, Yamanashi to the west, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north.

On March 31, 2008, 36% of the land area was designated as Natural Parks, namely:
  • The Chichibu Tama Kai.
  • Fuji-Hakone-Izu.
  • Ogasawara.
And also the land area was divided for National Parks, namely:
  • Meiji no Mori Takao Quasi.
  • Akikawa Kyuryo.
  • Hamura Kusabana Kyuryo.
  • Sayama.
  • Takao Jinba.
  • Takiyama.
  • Tama Kyuryo.
Ueno Park is well known for its museums, namely:
  • Tokyo National Museum.
  • National Science Museum.
  • Shitamachi Museum.
  • National Museum for Western Art.

Islands

Tokyo, has number of outstanding islands, which has extended up to 1850 km from central Tokyo.

The Izu Islands are a group of volcanic islands and forms a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

The islands that are close to Tokyo are:
  • Izu Oshima.
  • Toshima.
  • Niijima.
  • Shikinejima.
  • Kozushima.
  • Miyakejima.
  • Mikurajima.
The Ogasawara Islands includes, the following
  • Chichi-jima.
  • Nishinoshima.
  • Haha-jima.
  • Kita Iwo Jima.
  • Iwo Jima.
  • Minami Iwo Jima.

Transportation

Tokyo, is Japan's largest domestic and international center for rail, air, and ground transportation. Public transportation within Tokyo is ruled by an extensive network of clean and efficient trains and subways, with buses, monorails.

Inside Ota, Haneda Airport, offers domestic and international flights. Outside Tokyo, Narita International Airport, in Chiba Prefecture, is the major gateway for international travelers to Japan and Japan's flag carrier Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines all have a hub at this airport.

Various islands governed by Tokyo have their own airports, namely:
  • Hachijojima (Hachijojima Airport)
  • Miyakejima (Miyakejima Airport)
  • Izu Oshima (Oshima Airport)
Rail is the primary mode of transportation in Tokyo, which has the most extensive urban railway network and exclusive surface lines.

JR East operates Tokyo's largest railway network, including the Yamanote Line loop that circles the center of downtown Tokyo. Two organizations operate the subway network: the private Tokyo Metro and the governmental Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation. Local, regional, and national services are available, with major terminals at the giant railroad stations, including Tokyo, Shinagawa, and Shinjuku.

Shopping

  • Venus Fort: A marvelous shopping mall, with the varieties of unique and restaurants.
  • Sunshine City: This is called as Shoppers favourite. There are a ton of clothes to shop.
  • Roppongi Hills: A complex is full of shops and restaurants.
  • Aqua City Odaiba & Mediage: This is famous for unique amazing Bridges, Amusement parks, and restaurants etc.

Places to visit

  • The Imperial Palace: Located in the heart of Tokyo, this place is not open to the public. But, the gardens surrounding the palace are public parks and wonderful places for happy walks, and historic palace. The cherry tree in Japan is known by the name "Sakura" and as per the Japanese culture is the symbol of the strength.
  • Roppongi: All the evening time, many tourists to Tokyo can be found in Roppongi where we have many restaurants, nightclubs and the "red light district" seems to attract a people who come here. Roppongi can be unpleasant place, so do not travel here alone.
  • Akihabara: A Tokyo's most famous place, if you are a gadget's lover. This is the part of Tokyo where there are many electronics stores and numerous gadgets shops everywhere in the lane.
  • Shibuya: A newer shopping and entertainment area on the western side of Tokyo that is one of the current "trendy" and "unique" areas.
  • Towers and Skyrappers: People who love to view the surrounding cities of Tokyo from the top. Tokyo restaurant and take in the night lights of the city over a romantic dinner.
  • Tokyo Temples and Shrines: There are many temples and shrines in Tokyo. Two of the most visited Temples are: Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Meiji Jingu Shrine in Harajuku.
Indian Embassy at Tokyo, Japan
Consulate General of India 2-2-11, Kudan Minami, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo - 102-0074, Japan
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