Tokyo
  Tokyo
Overview

Although Tokyo may seem impenetrable at first, those who take the time to visit will never regret their decision. A thoroughly modern city that overflows with life, Tokyo reveals many treasures, beginning with its museums, parks and temples.

A metropolis of more than 33 million inhabitants counting its agglomeration, Tokyo lies on the Pacific coast of the island of Honshu, the largest of the Japanese islands. Beginning in 1590, Tokyo became the capital of the shoguns and was named Edo until 1868, the year that marked the return to power of the Japanese emperor.

The city subsequently underwent its share of hardships, first with the devastating earthquake of 1923, and then during World War II, with the American bombardments of 1944 and 1945.

Today, the economic hub of Japan moves at a frenetic pace. Its ultramodern skyscrapers and gigantic shopping centres stand side by side with traditional temples and neighbourhood shops.

Positioning itself between tradition and modernity, Tokyo prides itself on its interesting contrasts. Tourists can participate in all kinds of activities and, above all else, will enjoy getting to know this 21st-century city that has not severed its ties with the past. From traditional kabuki theatre and rock concerts to Sumo wrestling bouts and baseball games, visitors will enjoy the wide array of entertainment options.