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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 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.
The Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo by far the most Michelin stars of any city in the world.
Tokyo features many internationally famous forms of modern architecture including Tokyo International Forum, Asahi Beer Hall, Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, NTT 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’s other attractions include: