JPN Tochou 01 (VegWorld)

Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku

Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō) is the largest city in Japan, and one of the largest cities in the world. Its metropolitan area, which includes the major port city of Yokohama, is the 5th largest in the world.


Formerly known as Edo, it was already a mammoth city when it became the new capital in 1868. Quickly modernizing and westernizing, it became one of the greatest cities in East Asia (along with Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Sundarapore. However, because of Japanese aggression in the Pan-Global War, it was bombed incessantly, and much of the city was destroyed. After the war, the Japanese rebuilt Tokyo, surpassing the pre-war city in almost every way, except for beauty. Throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Japan came to be at the forefront of what was derogatively referred to as "Box-Arts", a take off on the "Beaux Arts" (Fine Arts) style of architecture. Tokyo was consistently ranked as one of the world's ugliest cities, until new urban planning, starting in the 1980s, but only beginning to show its results in the late 1990s, started to turn the tide.

JPN Shibuya 01 (VegWorld)

Shibuya shopping district

Current Situation

Now, Tokyo stands as a monument to capitalism. It is a huge mega-city, but it retains its small neighborhood-centered life. A Tokyoite, when saying where s/he is from to another Tokyoite, will not mention roads or directions. Instead, s/he will say the neighborhood in Tokyo (like "Daikanyama", "Jiyuugaoka", or "Kinshicho", roughly comparable to such neighborhoods as "SoHo", "TriBeCa", "Harlem", and others in New York City), and the other person will usually know exactly where s/he is referring to.


Tokyo is in the "Kanto" region of Japan, in the mid-eastern seaboard area. Tokyo has 23 wards (again, comparable to boroughs in New York).

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Major Areas

  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku
  • Ginza
  • Shiodome/Shimbashi
  • Ueno
  • Harajuku/Omotesando
  • Akasaka
  • Roppongi
  • Ikebukuro
  • Kokyo
  • Odaiba
  • Kamiyacho/Shibakoen
  • Kanda

See Also

Japan Grand New Trunk Line (Vegetarian World)
Toyoko Line (Vegetarian World)
JPN Tokyo Pan 02 (VegWorld)

View of Tokyo from the World Trade Center

JPN Tokyo Pan 01 (VegWorld)

Shinjuku and Mount Fuji at dusk, from the Sunshine 60 building in Ikebukuro