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Area Guide

A quick overview of Tokyo

Modern and cosmopolitan, rich in cultural heritage, Japan’s capital moves 39 million passengers daily along its efficient train system, and 1 million people board a taxi each day. From majestic skyscrapers to the Imperial Palace inner gardens, the variety and intrigue of Tokyo never ends. We’ve divided the city into five distinct zones to better define Tokyo’s versatility as a host city.

Central zone
At the heart of Tokyo is the central zone that is the center of business and finance for the nation. Preserved historic sites built since the capital was moved from Kyoto to Edo in the 17th century remain alongside modern boutiques, restaurants, and 20th-21st century landmarks, hotels and mixed-use skyscrapers

North zone
Farthest inland is the north zone that is anchored by Ikebukuro, whose main train station houses towering department stores, each covering multiple city blocks. The nearby Sunshine City complex includes a large aquarium, and the Tokyo Dome for Japan’s number one baseball team also serves as the country’s largest concert venue.

East zone
The east zone offers the first glimpse of Tokyo as you travel from Narita International Airport into town. On the outskirts is Kasai Rinkai Park and Tokyo Disneyland®/Tokyo DisneySea®. There are Tokyo’s oldest and newest landmarks – Asakusa’s Senso-ji temple and TOKYO SKYTREE®, respectively – and the national museums and the oldest zoo.

South zone
The south zone has always offered the first area in Tokyo for accommodations, in the 1600s to travelers having crossed Nihombashi bridge and today for travelers who can connect directly to 24-hour Haneda Airport. Choice entertainment includes the Ohi Horse Race Track, and aquariums.

West zone
So much happens along the avenues of the west zone that influence the nation’s lifestyle choices. There is a high concentration of trendsetting boutiques and restaurants, upscale residences, and young tech-savvy consumers. The forested Meiji Jingu Shrine and Shibuya’s most-photographed pedestrian crossing reflect the dynamic duality of Tokyo.
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