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Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo, the capital of Japan and the largest metropolitan area in the world.  It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace the main residence of the Emperor of Japan.

Tokyo was originally known as Edo, which means "estuary".  Its name was changed to Tokyo (Tōkyō: tō (east) + kyō (capital)) when it became the imperial capital in 1868,in line with the East Asian tradition of including the word capital in the name of the capital city.

Tokyo is on the south-eastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific Ocean directly south and which stretch more than 1,000 km away from the mainland.

The Ogasawara Islands were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

The Tokyo metropolitan government administers the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo, each governed as an individual city.  Tokyo also includes 26 more cities, 5 towns, and 8 villages.

The population of the special wards is over 9 million people, with the total population of the prefecture exceeding 13 million.  

Tokyo hosts 51 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, the highest number of any city.  Tokyo is a major international finance centre.  The Tokyo Stock Exchange is Japan's largest stock exchange, and 3rd largest in the world.

Tokyo has been described as one of the "command centres" for the world economy, along with New York City and London

The Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo by far the most Michelin stars of any city in the world.

Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1964 and will host the Games again in 2020.

Tokyo features many internationally famous forms of modern architecture including Tokyo International ForumAsahi Beer HallMode Gakuen Cocoon TowerNTT Docomo Yoyogi Building and Rainbow Bridge.  Tokyo also features 2 distinctive towers: Tokyo Tower and the new Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in Japan (634m) and the 2nd tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa in Dubai (829m).

Tokyo has many museums including the Tokyo National Museum, the country's largest museum and specialising in traditional Japanese art and the National Museum of Western Art.

Tokyo’s other attractions include: