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Top Ten Most Interesting Facts on Tokyo

We take a look at the top most interesting facts about Tokyo, a must-read before you pack your bags!

Sufiyeh Hadian-Clarke
City Guide
Sufiyeh Hadian-Clarke,

As one of the most exciting cities in the world, Tokyo offers more than harajuku looks and men's tailoring, take a look at our most interesting facts on Japan's capital below.


1. Tokyo is the largest metropolitan in the world, hosting over 36 million people spread over 3 prefectures.


2. Tokyo was formerly known as Edo in the 20th century. The name was changed to Tokyo in 1890 in light of the Meiji Restoration.


3. Great for tax-free shopping Tokyo is one of the best shopping destinations in the world. Head over to Ginza, the world-renowned shopping district, for major international labels including Chanel, Cartier and Bulgari. For those looking for more unusual or cutting-edge trends, the Harajuku and Omotesandō neighbourhoods are the place to go.


4. The Harajuku district in Tokyo is famous for its alternative street fashion. It is the centre of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and style. The focal point of the Harajuku’s teenage culture it Takeshita Dori


5. The cherry blossom is the national symbol of Japan. In April, the trees flower for two weeks, this period is known as Hanami.


6. 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.


7. Tokyo has the most top-rated restaurants in the world. It is home to over 14 three-star Michelin restaurants.


8. Tokyo’s Ritz Carlton is home to one of the most expensive suits in the world. The room, designed by Frank Nicholson, costs £15 500 GBP per night.


9. 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


10. The Shibuya Crossing located in the Shibuya ward is rumoured 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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