Located on the centre of the island of Honshu on its eastern coast, Tokyo is the capital of Japan and, with almost 13 million inhabitants, its largest city. The Greater Tokyo area is the largest metropolitan area in the world and has 35 million inhabitants. Tokyo consists mostly of modern architecture and has very few old buildings, which is probably due to the damages suffered during World War II. It's a vertical city with skyscrapers everywhere. There is no historic core worth mentioning left. Tokyo was originally a small fishing village named Edo. At the beginning of the 17th century it became Japan's government centre, underwent a phase of rapid growth and in 1869 became the de facto capital of Japan when the Meiji emperor moved his residence there.
Tokyo is huge. I spent almost one week in this city and only managed to scratch the surface. Every time I was thinking I had seen the major sights, a new and highly interesting site would pop up, leaving me wondering why I had left it out. There are several urban centres (cities in the city) and spots of interest in Tokyo.

Tokyo skylines
Tokyo daytime skylines photo gallery  - 14 pictures of Tokyo daytime skylines
Tokyo skylines by night photo gallery  - 14 pictures of Tokyo skylines by night
Bay of Tokyo skylines photo gallery  - 9 pictures of Bay of Tokyo skylines
14 daytime panoramic skylines of Tokyo
14 panoramic skylines of Tokyo at night
9 photos of the skyline of the bay of Tokyo and Tokyo itself

Central Tokyo
Tokyo central station photo gallery  - 14 pictures of Tokyo central station
Around the Central Station photo gallery  - 25 pictures of Around the Central Station
Ginza photo gallery  - 15 pictures of Ginza
Tokyo International Forum photo gallery  - 11 pictures of Tokyo International Forum
Akihabara photo gallery  - 12 pictures of Akihabara
14 photos of Tokyo station, the busiest railway station in Japan and start and end point of most Shinkansen lines
25 photos of the area around the central station, with tall skyscrapers, old buildings and the Ningyocho district
15 photos of the Ginza, an upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district in central Tokyo
11 photos of the Tokyo International Forum, an impressive steel and glass structure near Tokyo station
12 photos of the Akihabara district, a centre for electronics goods, gaming, manga and animation culture

West Tokyo
Meiji Jingu shrine photo gallery  - 20 pictures of Meiji Jingu shrine
Roppongi photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Roppongi
Shinjuku skyscraper district photo gallery  - 23 pictures of Shinjuku skyscraper district
Shibuya by day photo gallery  - 38 pictures of Shibuya by day
Harajuku photo gallery  - 10 pictures of Harajuku
20 photos of the Meiji Jingu shrine, Tokyo's most important Shinto site
16 photos of Roppongi, a fashionable and upmarket area in western Tokyo
23 photos of the skyscraper district in west Shinjuku
38 photos of Shibuya, a colourful and trendsetting area in west Tokyo
10 photos of Harajuku, a centre for teenage cultures and fashion styles
Shinjuku by night photo gallery  - 19 pictures of Shinjuku by night
Shibuya by night photo gallery  - 8 pictures of Shibuya by night
19 photos of the eastern part of Shinjuku at night
8 photos of Shibuya by night, a colourful and trendy district in west Tokyo

North Tokyo
Senso-ji Kannon temple photo gallery  - 24 pictures of Senso-ji Kannon temple
Tokyo National Museum photo gallery  - 28 pictures of Tokyo National Museum
Ueno photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Ueno
Ueno park photo gallery  - 16 pictures of Ueno park
24 photos of the Senso-ji Kannon temple in northern Tokyo's Asakusa district
28 photos of the Tokyo National Museum, Japan's oldest and largest museum
16 photos of the area to the south of Ueno station
16 photos of Ueno park, a large and popular park in northern Tokyo

Other photos
Odaiba photo gallery  - 13 pictures of Odaiba
Miscellaneous photos photo gallery  - 9 pictures of Miscellaneous photos
13 photos of the futuristic district of Odaiba, a popular shopping and entertainment centre
9 miscellaneous photos of Tokyo
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