Tokyo is known for its booming economy and its always original, ever-changing culture. Those who come to visit this vast, bewildering metropolis of 12 million people will likely be overwhelmed. There is so much to see and do that planning ahead of time is essential.
You could say all roads lead to Nihonbashi since all distances to and from Tokyo are measured from here. Nihonbashi, "Japan Bridge," is centuries old, though the present Western-style structure only dates back to the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Once a prominent landmark, it is today dwarfed by buildings and an overhead expressway. Mitsukoshi, Japan's oldest department store, which still stands on its original site,...
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2. The Imperial Palace is totally closed to the public, except on New Year's Day and the Emperor's birthday (Dec. 23rd), when he gives a speech to his loyal subjects.
3. Streets in Tokyo, for the most part, don't have names. Instead, addresses consist of a ward name (Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, etc.) followed by three numbers representing continuously smaller areas of the city.
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Tokyo stuns with its contrasts -- one minute you're lost in Shiodome's skyscraper jungle, the next in quiet contemplation...
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