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Yokohama (Tokyo

The rise of the city of Tokyo began in the early 17th century when the former fishing village of Edo was proclaimed capital of the Tokugawa shogunate. Edo retained its position as the center of political power even after imperial rule was reinstored. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the "Eastern Capital," to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the "Western Capital."

Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It's a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza - an international shopping mecca - stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture.

Imperial Palace
The residence of Japan's Imperial Family boasts a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo.

Tokyo Tower
At 333 meters, Tokyo Tower is considered to be one of the highest self-supporting iron structures of the world and one of the major sights of the city.

Meiji Shrine
Dedicated to the Emperor Meiji, the father of modern Japan, the Meiji Shrine stands in a dense forest glade at the very heart of Tokyo. Its setting symbolizes the separation of the spiritual from the worldly.


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