Facts About Tokyo | Webster University

Facts About Tokyo

  • Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world, hosting over 36 million people spread over three prefectures.
  • Tokyo was formerly known as “Edo” in the 20th century. The name was changed to Tokyo in 1890 in light of the Meiji Restoration.
  • Vending machines are everywhere! There are vending machines roughly every 12 meters in Tokyo, so you never have to worry about getting thirsty! It is estimated that about 3% of Japan’s power goes toward powering vending machines.
  • The Harajuku district in Tokyo is famous for its alternative street fashion. It is the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and style. The focal point of the Harajuku’s teenage culture it Takeshita Dori.
  • The cherry blossom is the national symbol of Japan. In April, the trees flower for two weeks, during a period known as “Hanami.”
  • The Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-Koen district. It was originally inspired by the Eiffel Tower, hence their similar appearance.
  • Tokyo has the most top-rated restaurants in the world. It is home to over 14 three-star Michelin restaurants.
  • Tokyo’s Ritz Carlton is home to one of the most expensive suites in the world. The room, designed by Frank Nicholson, costs $18,000 per night.
  • Tokyo’s Imperial Palace is a large tourist attraction that is mostly closed to the public. However, some special areas open to the public on the Emperor’s birthday and New Year.
  • The Shibuya Crossing, located in the Shibuya ward, is rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world. At peak times, over 1000 people cross at the same time, coming from all directions.
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