Tokyo consists of the southwestern part of the Kanto Region, the Izu Islands, and the Ogasawara islands. The population is one of the largest in the world. It is the Capital of Japan where over 11 million people live. Since Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu established a government in the early 17th century, the town started to develop, spreading around his resident Edo Castle. Although most of the city was devastated by the Great Earthquake of 1923 and again by the bombing in the WWII, it achieved rapid restoration both times.
Tokyo is not only the center of politics and economy of Japan, but also developed as the center of world economy and culture, and it offers a number of must-see places.
Tokyo’s downtown areas
There are large scale downtown areas including the Ginza where all famous shops around the world stand side by side, Shijuku high-rise complex and its surroundings that never sleep, Asakusa with reminiscences of the traditional Edo(former name of Tokyo), and Shibuya that starts the trend for the young people as well as unique areas including the computer town Akihabara where electric shops are densely competing and attracting many shoppers from Japan and overseas and the Tsukiji open-air wholesale food market that serves all consumers in Japan.
Getting to Tokyo
An hour from Osaka Itami Airport to Tokyo Haneda Airport. An hour and 15 minutes from Kansai International Airport. Two hours and 30 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Tokyo Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line. An hour and 5 minutes from Narita Airport Station to Tokyo Station by JR Narita Express Line.