Tokyo is truly an amazing city where ancient tradition coexists with the ultra modern. A testament to Japan’s post-World War II economic miracle, Tokyo’s fast-paced rhythm moves to a beat similar to that of other cities around the world.
However, just behind the flashing neon lights, sleek skyscrapers and swarms of people lie tranquil side streets, where wooden houses with immaculate bonsai trees live in harmony with ancient temples and shrines.
Travelers to Tokyo are often struck by the futuristic metropolis’ seemingly contradictory nature – the punctuality of the subway and cleanliness of the city quickly endear, while things like punch drunk salary men in expensive dark suits urinating in the street and workers paid to push passengers into overcrowded trains so that the doors can close have left many visitors lost in translation.
Tokyo is Japan’s capital city and is located on the east coast of Honshu, almost exactly in the center of Japanese archipelago. The city borders Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture in the north, east, south, and west respectively.
With a population of just under 13 million people, the city itself is one of the largest in the world, while the greater Tokyo area, including Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba, has held the title of the world’s most populous urban area for 40 years. The 35 million people living in the greater Tokyo area comprise more than 25% of the entire population of Japan and account for a quarter of the country’s GDP.