A little about Tokyo

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In this first blog post I would like to tell you a little about Tokyo. Tokyo is the capital and also the largest city in Japan.  Formerly known as Edo, it was renamed Tokyo in 1868.

 

 

 

 

Wards in Tokyo

There are twenty three wards (boroughs) in Tokyo which are as follows:

1. Chiyoda  2. Chuo  3. Minato  4. Shinjuku  5. Bunkyo  6.Taito  7. Sumida  8.Kot0  9.Shinagawa  10.Meguro

11.Ota  12.Setagaya  13.Shibuya  14.Nakano  15.Suginami  16.Toshima  17.Kita  18.Arakawa  19.Itabashi  20.Nerima

21.Adachi  22.Katsushika  23.Edogawa

To the west of these wards which are considered to be downtown Tokyo, there are 26 other cities that make up Tokyo as well.  They are as follows:

1. Akiruno 2. Akishima 3. Chofu  4. Fuchu  5. Fussa  6. Hachioji  7. Hamura 8. Higashikurume 9. Higashimurayama

10. Higashiyamato 11. Hino 12. Inagi 13. Kiyose 14. Kodaira 15. Koganei 16. Kokubunji 17. Komae 18. Kunitachi

19. Machida 20. Mitaka 21. Musashimurayama 22. Mushshimo 23. Nishi Tokyo 24. Ome 25. Tachikawa 26. Tama

Interesting Information

In TripAdvisor’s World City Survey in 2014, Tokyo was ranked first as “The best overall experience”.  It also ranked first in the following categories: “cleanliness of streets”, “helpfulness of locals”, “local public transportation”, “nightlife” and shopping.In 2015 Tokyo was ranked eleventh as the most expensive city for expatriates and also the Most livable City in the world.  It also ranked first in the Safe Cities Index.  The 2016 edition of QS Best Student Cities ranked Tokyo as the 3rd-best city in the world to be a university student.Tokyo also hosted a number of events such as the 1964 Summer Olympics, the 1979 G-7 summit. the 1986 G-7 summit and the 1993 G-7 summit. It will also host the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Let’s  now go into the meaning of Tokyo.  It was originally known as Edo (江戸) which means “estuary”  Tokyo is comprised of two Chinese characters (東京)東 To means east and 京 Kyo means capital.

Tokyo’s has a rail and subway network that is one of the most extensive and busiest in the world.  For someone visiting here for the first time, the rail system might seem very complex and overwhelming.  But in reality once you familiarize yourself with the major train/subway routes, getting around Tokyo is not too difficult if you live here.  Even if you don’t, with modern technology, there are certain sites such as Jorudan where you input the origin and destination station and you will get instructions on which train lines to use, transfer to, etc…




Once thing you will notice if you visit Tokyo for the first time is that the whole city seems very modern.  There aren’t that many old buildings in Tokyo compared to other cities like New York.  In addition, the city is extremely clean.  You won’t see that much litter or garbage in the streets.

There are two main towers in Tokyo.  They are Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree. Tokyo Tower is 332.9 metres (1,092 ft) and is the second tallest structure in Japan.  Tokyo Skytree became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and reached its full height of 634.0 meteres (2,080 ft) in March 2011. 

One question I’m often asked regarding visiting Tokyo is about safety.  The most common question I get is “Is Tokyo a safe place to visit?”  Well, let me tell you that in all of my years here, I would consider Tokyo one of the safest, if not the safest city in the world.  It’s the only city I know of where a woman can walk the streets late at night and not have to worry about anything.

I can go on and on but I will leave that for another blog.

If you have any questions about Tokyo, feel free to ask me in the comments section or email me directly.

Billy

 

 

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