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Culture Corner

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What's Tokyo Like?

Tokyo is the epitome of the word dichotomy. With thousand year old temples just around the corner from the most modern of skyscrapers, even the experienced traveler will find something to discover during their time in the world's largest metropolitan area. The evolution of the city lends itself to this analogy, as its beginnings stem from a tiny fishing village.

Even transportation fits in with this analogy. Each day millions of people move about the city by walking on congested streets filled with cars and taxis that inch along. At the same time many more move about the country on the famous "bullet trains" that zip from one place to another at nearly 200 miles/hour. From those humble beginnings to the leading edge of business and technology, there's something for everyone in Tokyo.

Region and Population

Tokyo is the capital city of Japan. The city itself is part of the Tokyo Metropolis which encompasses 23 Special Wards, governed as separate and distinct municipalities. The entire metropolitan area is home to roughly 35 million residents and is the most populous metropolitan area in the world.


Because of Tokyo's enormous size, weather can actually differ from one side to the other; however, the city is considered to have a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and hot, humid summers.
Avg. Rainfall1.912.374.515.315.046.496.366.118.216.423.641.56

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