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Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is officially known as the Tokyo Metropolis. This is one of the worlds most densely populated cities. The number of interesting facts about this city is endless but here are our top forty facts about Tokyo.


30. Its Prefect

Tokyo is often referred to as a city, but is officially known and governed as a “metropolitan prefecture”, which is different from a city and combines elements of a city and a prefecture. The Tokyo metropolitan government administers the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo. These Special Wards contain the districts that have become world famous for their different characteristics. To make things even more confusing, Japanese people will refer to each district as a city. Good luck finding your way around the city…I mean district…I mean ward?

29. Harajuku Style

The Harajuku district of Tokyo is famous for its alternative street fashion.  This trendy district is also said to show the expression of the youth of Tokyo.  Each of the independently owned shops and cafes have their own feel which creates a unique composition.

28. Skytree

Tokyo Skytree was announced as the tallest tower in the world in 2010. The Skytree features the world’s highest skywalk as well as presents a very beautiful view to its less daring visitors. The name of this tower was decided by popular vote winning by a landslide with 30% of total votes.

 

27. They are all beautiful

The cherry blossom is the national symbol of Japan. These trees flower for one or two weeks a year starting in April. This period is known as Hanami, the long standing tradition of welcoming spring. This festival is about appreciating the temporary beauty of nature.

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26. A-2

Vending machines are available in Tokyo at every 12 meter distance. You can buy anything from hamburgers to clothes, candies to cold drinks, Milk packs to ice cream the list goes on! And you probably thought America was the vending capital of the world. Nope!

 

25. Otoro

Tokyo is a city that loves its seafood. There is a wholesale fish market called Tsukiji. This is the busiest and largest fish market in the world. Live tuna auctions are the main attraction, which take place every morning at 5 am sharp. This is a major tourist attraction and free visitor tickets are given to the public every morning at 4 am.

tuna auction

 

24. Traffic? What traffic?

Tokyo is known for its extremely busy public transportation as made famous on youtube. Shinjuku station is the largest and busiest railway station in the world. Average of 3.70 million passengers is pass through the station each day.

23. The Eiffel oh wait….

Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato Ward, Tokyo. It gets repainted every 5 years and almost 7500 gallons of paint are used. This process takes almost a full year and is completed completely by hand.

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