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Tokyo is Japan's capital city with a history of more than 400 years. Go anywhere in this sprawling metropolis and you are sure to encounter crowds of people bristling with energy. Tokyo is a very clean and safe city and has served as a gathering point for people and things from around the world. The special charm of Tokyo is found in its unique melding of history with cutting-edge technology.
This same charm can be found in Tokyo cooking. Here you can enjoy traditional Japanese cooking, regional favorites, international dishes and entirely new creations, most of which are arranged in a Japanese style so that they are as esthetically pleasing as they are delicious. Many bars and restaurants can be found on the top floors of Tokyo skyscrapers. Here you can enjoy some of the finest dining while watching the Tokyo night line sparkly below you like a big box of jewels.
Marunouchi 丸の内: This traditional Japanese business district has been often called "Tokyo's Gateway". Recent renovation projects have resulted in the emergence of posh new buildings, many of which are now home to some excellent restaurants from Japan's Kansai region.
Ginza 銀座: Famous brand names from around the world have opened stores in this ritzy shopping district. Ginza has long been known for attracting Tokyo's more refined shoppers. There are many famous restaurants here, but the ones that have lasted are those that offer the high quality associated with Ginza, but at reasonable prices.
Tsukiji 築地: Travel southeast along Ginza Street and you will find the Tsukiji Market, Japan's largest fish market. Not only does this area have the freshest sushi, but some of the best chefs in Japan practice their trade here and so the overall taste is excellent.
Shinbashi 新橋: Many Japanese businessmen can be found in this section of town adjacent to Ginza. There are many restaurants here offering lunches and dinners at reasonable prices.
Shinagawa 品川: Reconstruction projects have been dramatically transforming this section of Tokyo. During Japan's Edo Period (1603-1867), Shinagawa was the first hotel town along the fabled Tokaido Route linking Nihonbashi and Kyoto. The reconstruction projects have resulted in clusters of tall office buildings, many of which are home to some great restaurants.
Shinjuku 新宿: This energetic section of Tokyo stretches out to the east and west of Shinjuku Station, with the two sides of the station having their own distinct personalities. The west side is home to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as well as many large hotels and office buildings. The east side is the entertainment district that never sleeps and home for many small-scale restaurants and bars.
Roppongi 六本木: It has been said that Roppongi is where Tokyo and the world intersect. There are numerous embassies and foreign offices here and many foreign visitors reside in Roppongi. The restaurants and bars naturally take on an international flare.
Akihabara 秋葉原: This is Japan's electronics Mecca. Many foreign visitors stop by Akihabara to take advantage of the duty-free shops. Recently there has been a big increase in the number of restaurants in Akihabara. Many people are visiting these restaurants for a quick bite after shopping.
Ueno 上野: Here you can experience the history, culture and vitality of Tokyo's old town. The area north of Ueno Station is the historical and cultural section with its many galleries, museums and concert halls. The south side of the station is teaming with the vitality of the common folk living in Tokyo's old town.
Asakusa 浅草: This section of town has preserved the culture and flavor of Japan's Edo Period. Every year some 20 million worshipers visit Asakusa's Sensoji Temple, making this a major Tokyo landmark dating back to the Edo Period. This is also a great place to sample some traditional Japanese cuisine.
Recommended souvenirs from Tokyo