Facts You Need to Know Before Traveling to Tokyo

It's the most densely populated metropolis in the world.

In our previous article, we shared with you
how Japan is divided into five main islands and its regions. If you want to know where you can explore work opportunities or where it’s best to live, we’ll give you more information about the 47 prefectures of Japan. 

Below, we feature some unique and interesting facts about Tokyo. 

Tokyo can be found in this section of the map.

Tokyo is located in the southern Kanto region.

Admire the fantastic night view of Tokyo.

Here are some of its basic information.


62 (23 wards, 26 cities, 5 towns, 8 villages)


2,190 sq km


13,953,744 people

Population Density

6,360 ppl per sqm

Business Industries

Wholesale and retail trade, information and communications, finance, and insurance.

Tokyo currently has a cooperative agreement with the following foreign lands to promote both cultural and commercial ties.  

Sister Cities

New York City, Beijing, Paris, New South Wales, Seoul, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Cairo, Moscow, Berlin, Rome, London

Tokyo is located in the southern Kanto region and serves as the capital of Japan. It is the most populous metropolis in the world. It is well known for its urban scenery, food, fashion, and anime.

Let’s take a closer look at the prefecture’s environmental conditions.

Ave. Temperature

17.2 ℃

Annual Rainfall


Foreign Residents

567,789 people

The temperature varies from 0 °C to 30 °C throughout the year.

These are the symbols that represent this prefecture:


Ginkgo biloba


Somei-yoshino cherry blossom


Yurikamome black-headed gull



Whether you’re moving to Tokyo or just planning to visit, here are the exciting facts that make the prefecture different from the others:

Japan's No. 1

The population

Milk-based beverage production

The number of parks: 575 per 100 sq km

The average expenditure on wine (¥7,372 per year) and salad (¥7,075 per year)

They are also famous for the following:

Tourist Spots

Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Ginza, Ueno, Asakusa, Mount Takao, Izu Islands.

Local Cuisine

Sushi, soba, monja-yaki, Fukagawa-meshi (clam rice), Dojo-nabe and Yanagawa-nabe, Chanko-nabe


Japanese cleyera, milk-based beverage, fish-meat ham, and sausage

Traditional Crafts

Wood joinery, wood sculptures, hand-painted paper lanterns, silverware, cut glassware.


Sumida River Fireworks Festival, Nishiarai-daishi furin (wind chime) festival, Bon-odori (Bon festival dance)


If you’re traveling by plane, make sure to use the Haneda Airport or Narita Airport. From there, you can take a train or a bus to get to the center of Tokyo. It will take you approximately 30 minutes of travel if you’re coming from Haneda and one hour if you’re coming from Narita.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Website

 (29 November 2019)

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