Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the most populous city in the country and the seat of government with approximately 13 million inhabitants. The city’s history begins in 1446 when Ota Dokan began building Edo Castle in a wetland on the north shore of present-day Tokyo Bay. Beside Kyoto, Edo became a political and cultural center. With the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the Shogunate was abolished and the seat of the Tenno relocated to Edo, the castle became the Imperial Palace and Edo got its new name Tokyo.
In addition to modern attractions such as the Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Skytree, the city also offers historic sites such as the Imperial Gardens and Ueno Park or important sacred buildings such as the Meiji Shrine and the Senso-ji in Taitō, the oldest temple in Tokyo. The main districts are Asakusa, Ueno, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Omotesando, Harajuku, and Ginza.
Tokyo is a city of contradictions, where tradition and modernity coexist, not only visible in the traditional two-story wooden houses that stand next to futuristic architecture, but also in the people.