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Tokyo is the capital and biggest city of Japan in Asia. Tokyo is one modern and cosmopolitan city full of skyscrapers, neon lights, stores for electronics, grand shopping complexes and many bars and clubs. But Tokyo is also full with history and tradition, having many shrines and temples, sushi and noodles places, public bath-houses and ryokans (guest-houses). Tokyo became the capital of Japan in 1868, replacing the old capital of Kyoto (situatednorth of Osaka, the second largest city in Japan). Tokyo's name before becoming the capital of Japan was Edo. At the first glance the city's beauty and traditions are not easily noticeable. Filled with screaming neons and messy cables, plagued by unstoppable noise, with freeways often full with bumper-to-bumper traffic, this concrete and steel sardine can city – home to at least 12 million people – can be seen as the classical urban nightmare. But if you step back from the busy main roads and likely you'll find yourself in a world of tranquil back-streets, with wooden houses fronted by perfectly clipped bonsai trees; or wandering beyond the hi-tech emporium you'll discover old but lively temples and shrines. When visiting Tokyo you are adviced to learn well the metro connections in this metropolitan city, as this is by far the best and more affordable way to travel in Tokyo and the area. It is a good idea to take on the different interesting neighborhoods of Tokyo in different days of your stay, as most of them will offer you very different feel and look from each other. Some of the districts that you should not miss are: Akihabara district - a glimpse of the future in Tokyo's non-stop "electric town", also establishing itself as a must-see for manga and anime fans; Roppongi district - the hedonists' playground and a centre for contemporary arts and sophisticated urban living; Asakusa district - the city's most colorful district, with tons of old craft shops, traditional inns, restaurants and the bustling Senso-ji temple and Shinjuku district, which is like all of Tokyo in a microcosm. The city's dozens of museums range widely from the traditional (art, crafts and history) to the very unusual (parasites). Other popular attractions are the Tsukiji Fish Market, Happoen traditional garden, the boat rides up the Sumida River and, naturally, the karaoke bars. And don't forget - there are tons more of attractions, activities and interesting places to see in Tokyo, visit them and write here at HolidayStreets.com about their beauty and mystery!

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