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Interesting Facts About Tokyo You Probably Didn’t Know ~ Japan

by Tsvete Popp

This post is part of the series Japan

Other posts in this series:

  1. Must Visit Places in Tokyo for First Time Visitors
  2. Interesting Facts About Tokyo You Probably Didn’t Know ~ Japan (Current)
  3. Things You Need to Know Before Travelling to Tokyo

1. Tokyo first settled around 3000 BC.

2. Back in the days, Tokyo was a small fisher village called Edo.

3. Edo grew into a huge city with a population of over a million by the mid-eighteenth century and became the center of politics and culture in Japan.

 
Tokyo ShrinesTokyo Shrines
 

4. In 1868 “Edo” became “Tokyo” and also the imperial capital of Japan. Tokyo means “Eastern Capital”.

7. There are 882 interconnected rail stations in the Tokyo Metropolis.

 

Wedding, Meiji Temple

Wedding, Meiji Temple

Wedding, Meiji Temple

Wedding, Meiji Temple

 

8. Tokyo is home to 14 Michelin three-star restaurants, which is more than Paris, London and New York together!

 

Wedding, Meiji Temple

Wedding, Meiji Temple

 

9. Shinjuku station is the busiest railway station not only in Tokyo but in the world. More than 3.70 million passengers pass through the station each day!

 

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing

 

10. Shinjuku station has 36 platforms including an underground and above the ground arcade as well as more than 200 exits!

11. In 2010 the Tokyo Skytree was the tallest tower in the world.

 
Tokyo Shrines

Zōjō-ji Temple Tokyo

Zōjō-ji Temple

 

12. Tokyo Tower is 78 years younger, 13 meters higher and half the weight of the Eiffel tower!

13. Tokyo Tower gets repainted every 5 years and almost 28000 litres of paint is used to completely repaint it!

 

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower

 

14. The people of Tokyo loved all kind of vending machines! Vending Machines are available in Tokyo at every 12-meter distance. And believe me – you can buy pretty everything from a vending machine – from cheap bubble gums and drinks to used underwears!

 

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Akihabara

Akihabara

Akihabara

 


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15. The people of Tokyo believe that your love will last longer if you watch the lights of Tokyo Tower get turned off with your partner.

 

Meiji Temple, Tokyo

Meiji Temple

15. The longest concert held at the Tokyo Dome was a Gun N Roses Concert for 3hours and 37 minutes on 18 December 2009.

Akihabara, Tokyo

Akihabara

16. There are more than 100 universities and colleges in Tokyo which is also the highest concentration of universities in the world.

teamLab, Tokyo

teamLab

 

17. More than 30% of Japan’s university students attend school in Tokyo.

18. Despite the fact that Tokyo was almost completely destroyed by the massive earthquake in 1923 and the destruction of World War II, nowadays it is one of the world’s most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design.

 

Akihabara

Akihabara

 

19. Tokyo’s Imperial Palace is mostly closed to the public – you can visit some open to the public special areas on the Emperor’s birthday and New Year only!

20.  Tokyo has more neon signs than any other city in the world.

 

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

 

21. Tokyo’s mass transit system opened in 1927 and grew much bigger for the Summer Olympics of 1963.

22. Tokyo’s transportation system is the biggest in the world! More than 8.7 million people daily and 3.2 billion annually are using public transportation in Tokyo!

 

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

 

23. When the weather allows it, you can see Mt. Fuji from Tokyo’s Metropolitan Government Building for free! But good to know is that Mt. Fuji is only visible for an average of 79 days a year…

 

View fromTokyo Metropolitan Government Building

View fromTokyo Metropolitan Government Building

 

24. Located in Ginza, Tsukiji is the busiest and largest fish market in the world! Tsukiji offers more than 400 different types of seafood from cheap seaweed to the most expensive caviar!

25. Tokyo is green! There are over 6.000 different parks and gardens covering more than 10km².

The dogs of Tokyo
 

26. More than 38 million people live in Tokyo which makes it the largest and busiest metropolitan area in the world.

27. Sumo wrestlers are highly respected in Japanese culture. Ryōgoku District in Tokyo is the home to the Ryōgoku Sumo Hall and many Sumo academies.

28. Tokyo Disneyland was Disney’s first park outside the US. Tokyo Disneyland employs over 20.000 people!

 
The Streets of Tokyo
 

29. Tokyo has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and the crimes against tourists are extremely rare!

30. Harajuku district of Tokyo is famous for its alternative street fashion and extravagant youth of Tokyo.

 
The Streets of Tokyo
 

31. Google Translator will be your best friend while in Tokyo!  Japanese people don’t speak many other languages and English is not widely spoken.

 

The Streets of Akihabara, Tokyo

The Streets of Akihabara

 

32. Tokyo is expensive and the place is limited. Therefore Tokyo is famous for its capsule hotels which provide sleeping “capsules” as basic overnight accommodation alternative.

33. Ginza is Tokyo’s busiest high-end shopping area which is much older than the iconic Times Square in New York.

 

The Streets of Akihabara

The Streets of Akihabara

 

34. When talking about how expensive Tokyo actually is, Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tokyo costs € 22.800 per night.

35. “Oshiya” are employed “Pushers” in some of Tokyo’s railway stations. Oshiyas are hired to literally push the passengers onto crowded trains during rush hours.

 

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

Sensoji Temple

 

36. Komagata Dozeu is the restaurant in Tokyo that managed to survive the earthquakes and bombings for six generations.

37. Located on the western outskirts of TokyoTakao-san is the world’s most visited mountain.

 

The Streets of Ginza

The Streets of Ginza

The Streets of Ginza

The Streets of Ginza

 

38. Tokyo is a tax-heaven and one of the best shopping destinations in the world. As a tourist, you can take advantage of tax-free shopping over 5000 yen. Only a passport is required when shopping tax-free.

 

Sake

Sake

 

39. Hachiko was the dog of Eizaburo Ueno, a professor of agriculture science at Tokyo University. Back in the ’20s, the Akita dog used to follow his owner when he went to work in the morning at the Shibuya Train Station and picked him up in the afternoon when he returned from work. Every single day! Professor Eizaburo had suffered from a cerebral haemorrhage. One day he passed away while he was at work without returning at Shibuya station… Hachiko continued to wait at the station for 9 years, 9 months and 15 days! Nowadays Hachiko is a symbol of unconditional loyalty, not only in Japan!

 

Hachiko Statue

Hachiko Statue

Hachiko Statue

Hachiko Statue

 
40. In Tokyo you will see sleeping people everywhere, anytime and in any position!
 
The Sleeping people of Tokyo

The Sleeping people of Tokyo

 

Japan Accommodation:

 
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Japan Flights:

 
If you are flying to Japan it is beneficial to use a flight comparison site to find the cheapest flights. I recommend and use Kiwi.com.
 
Click here to compare and book cheap flights to Japan
 

Rental Car in Japan

 
Rentalcars.com searches all the big car rental companies in Japan and finds the best price for you. This is probably the easiest way to rent a car in Japan and around the World.
 

Japan Tours

 
If you are the type of person who prefers joining a tour, there are all kinds of guided tours around Japan including Mount Fuji.
 


 
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