What to see in Tokyo, itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, as well as information regarding the origin of the name and the development of the city.
Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a large metropolis located in the south-eastern part of the island of Honshu, on the north-western side of the bay of the same name.
Tokyo in the past was called Edo, which means River Gate, and was a village located at the mouth of the Sumida-gawa river, which became the seat of the military government with the Tokugawa clan, and then turned into a very populated and advanced city in various aspects, when this dynasty came to rule all Japan.
In 1868, with the restoration of the Emperor's power and the start of major reforms, the capital was transferred from Kyoto to Edo, changing its name to Tokyo, whose meaning is the capital of the east, being located east of the previous capital Kyoto.
Tokyo looks like a modern city projected towards the future, its urban landscape is characterized by an architecture in constant evolution, lacking in historical sites.
The traditional aspect, which coexists with the modern, can be seen above all by observing some people's habits, seeing a beautiful garden or an enchanting temple.
This huge urban agglomeration is made up of neighborhoods, cities, towns and villages, connected to each other by an excellent metro service and other railway networks that allow you to reach all areas of the city.
Ginza is the central district, where there are department stores, luxury boutiques, restaurants and cafes.
In this area there was, during the Edo Period, the mint of the silver coinage, which is at the origin of the name of the neighborhood, as Ginza derives from gin which, translated into Italian, means silver.
The northern districts of Ueno and Asakusa correspond to ancient Tokyo, the first, Ueno, with its large park full of attractions and the second, Asakusa, characterized by typical Japanese houses with the famous Senso-ji temple in the center.
The districts located west of the city, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, are modern centers oriented towards new cultural, artistic and entertainment trends.