18 Interesting Facts About Tokyo

Tokyo is a well-known city, but is officially known as a “metropolitan prefecture”, which differs from and combines elements of both a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo.
Formerly known as Edo, Tokyo is frequently the setting for many Japanese movies, television shows, animated series (anime), web comics, and comic books (manga).

Here are some interesting facts about the prolific city which has a lot more to offer:

1. Fashion Freak

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A fun and colourful district of Tokyo called Harajuku is well known for its unique street fashion. The place is no less than a huge outdoor catwalk. Teenage fashion culture at the most extremes can be witnessed on a Sunday!
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2. Highest Skywalk

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Tokyo Skytree became the highest tower in 2010. The official name was decided by a voting system. The present name received 30% of the votes, and was announced on 10 June 2008 as “Tokyo Skytree”.
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3. Cherry Blossom Festival

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The arrival of the cherry blossom season, which is a famous part of spring in Japan, marks the ending of harsh winters. The cherry blossoms can only be enjoyed for two weeks of the entire year.
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4. Vending Machines

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A vending machine is available every 12m and you can have anything ranging from cheap sodas and candies to used underwears! Now that’s quite a deal.
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5. Seafood Market

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Tsukiji is the world’s busiest seafood market. The charm of going to the market can not be known better than jetlagged tourists with pre-dawn hours to fill especially to catch the 5 a.m. tuna auction.
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6. Busiest Train Station

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The Shinjuku station has 36 platforms in all including an underground arcade, above ground arcade and many hallways. There are well over a shocking 200 exits.
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7. Artsy Tower


Tokyo Tower, built on the model of Eiffel Tower, gets repainted every 5 years with about 7500 gallons of paint.
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8. Younger To Tokyo Tower


Tokyo Tower is actually the 13 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. Although Tokyo Tower is taller than the Eiffel Tower, the advances in steel technology make it almost half its weight.
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9. World’s Most Visited Mountain


Takao-san, having an udon shop and a beer garden at the summit, is the world’s most visited mountain on the western outskirts of Tokyo.
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10. Strong As Steel


As old as people claim it to be, the Komagata Dozeu restaurant have managed to survive earthquakes and bombings to maintain their business on the very same plot of earth for six generations.
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11. The Most Expensive Restaurant… In The World!

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Not known for its décor and certainly not having a grand entrance on a velvet carpet but regularly topping the world’s most expensive restaurant list is Tokyo’s Aragawa.
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12. ..And The Most Expensive Hotel


Tokyo’s Ritz Carlton has the city’s most expensive hotel room, charging a massive 25,000 US dollars per night for the Ritz Carlton Suite.
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13. The Mighty Superstition


The good people of Tokyo will have you know that your love will last longer if you watch the lights of Tokyo Tower get turned off with your partner. 
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14. The Trains Again!


Tokyo’s train lines snake through 503 stations across the 23 wards.
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15. Named After A Pond Bag

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There are three different ways to explain why the district of Ikeburuko has the name it does. Honestly, nobody has any firm idea. Ikeburuko, according to kanji, translates to “pond bag”.
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16. Once In A Blue Moon


Fuji is only visible for an average of 79 days a year, so don’t visit expecting it to feature as a pretty backdrop for you snaps. We have not seen it for months.
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17. Oshiya


Oshiya or the “pushers” are hired on the railway stations to literally push people into the trains during the rush hours.
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18. Longest Concert


The longest concert held at the Tokyo Dome was a Gun N Roses Concert for three hours and thirty seven minutes.
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