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2016年09月29日

WHAT is Tokyo 23 MUNICIPALITIES?

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What is Tokyo 23 MUNICIPALITIES?



The special wards are 23 municipalities that together make up the core and the most populous part of Tokyo, Japan. 




Together, they occupy the land that was originally the Tokyo City before it was abolished in 1943 to become part of the newly created Tokyo Metropolis. 

The special wards' structure was established under the Japanese Local Autonomy Law and is unique to Tokyo.

We sort the special wards into five districts of Eastern Tokyo, Central Tokyo, Sauthern Tokyo, Western Tokyo, Northern Tokyo.


EASTERN TOKYO





This area has elements of tradition and history. 




It is also known as “Shitamachi” (downtown) which used to be populated by common people.

You can still see remnants of Tokyo’s old downtown area in places like Asakusa and Ueno.



CENTRAL TOKYO






This is the central area of Tokyo which is also one of Japan’s financial and economic centers. 



During the day it is bustling with people but at night it is quite slow-paced.

Some of the famous spots in the area are Imperial Palace and Akihabara.



SOUTHERN_TOKYO





There are many hyper-modern shopping/entertainment spots in this area like Odaiba and Roppongi.




You will probably see more French and Italian restaurants, American apparels, and foreigners here compared to other places.



WESTERN_TOKYO






Young people’s fashion and haute couture can be found here.



It is the most populated, actively changing, vibrant and lively of all the other areas in Tokyo.

Some of the famous spots in this area are Shibuya and Harajuku.


NORTHERN_TOKYO






During the Edo period, this area was occupied by the rich and powerful.



Till today it is still known the residence area for upper class.

Some of the famous spots in this area are Toshimaen and Akabane.

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