Tokyo Japan, Information, Population and Weather Check

by ebazaar 9 October 2009 One Comment

Tokyo, the capital and the heart of Japan, cannot be briefly described in just a few sentences or even in a single post. There are a whole lot of things to tell when it comes to Tokyo since you can find a multitude of activities in this huge area of about 2,187.08 sq km². Tokyo is the most populated city in Japan, followed by Yokohama and Osaka. The population of Tokyo is about 12.79 millions of people residing within the area with a density of about 5,800 people per km². Intense? Perhaps you can say that.

View from Tokyo Tower

Most people who have been to Tokyo city have one statement in common – a very packed and crowded city where you might find yourself in a whirlwind of traffic and people, like you’re in some sort of an alien land surrounded by medium height size of buildings. It is a city of concrete, lights and non-stop action. Tokyo has it all – big companies, abundant of entertainment, food haven and many more. You couldn’t possibly compare it with any other city in the world. Tokyo did not only function as the main financial nerve of Japan, but this is also where the origins of Asian pop art, fads, trends and kitsch.

Look beneath the surface you’ll find a lot more than what meets the eye. Tokyo indeed has a lot to offer, whether in terms of modernization as well as tradition. Before it was Tokyo, it was a big village called as ‘Edo‘. In 1603, Edo was catapulted into the limelight when the new shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, made the sleepy village the seat of his government. Even when he was overthrown in 1868, the Japanese emperor was restored to power and moved the capital from Kyoto to Edo. It was the initial step in the process of Tokyo’s urbanization, which you’re seeing today – a metropolis.

Tokyo station - (Credit:chinohari)

Tokyo Metropolis

Three fourth of Tokyo is made up of special wards or known as tokubetsu-ku. There are twenty three special wards, municipalities where each is headed by its own elected mayor and assembly like the other cities of Japan. The three core wards of Tokyo are Chiyoda, Chuo and Minato. There are also few areas serves as the bed towns for the central Tokyo city, where some of these places serve as local commercial and industrial base. They are known as the Tama area or Western Tokyo.

There are twenty-six cities that lie within the western part of Japan which was meant to cool down the urban functions away from the central Tokyo as well as to counter the problem of population density. The outskirts of western Tokyo is occupied by districts (gun) of Nishitama. There are many medium size towns and villages in this area and also accommodate the natural part of Tokyo with lakes and mountains. In case you didn’t know, Tokyo also has a few outlying islands which extend as far as 1850 km from central Tokyo.

Weather and climate condition of Tokyo

People living in Tokyo will experience humid subtropical climate with four seasons. Summer in Tokyo is hot and humid while winter can be mild and cool. But at certain peak intervals with sporadic patterns, there will be snow falling and sometimes even blizzards. Rainfall is frequent during summer. Typhoons are typical around this area annually, sometimes with strong wind and big ocean waves. Spring and Autumn will be mildly cool, none too hot. When’s the best time to visit? All year long, but be prepared with heavy clothing if you’re coming during winter. But you can only see Sakura trees or cherry blossoms during springtime and falling yellowish brown leaves during autumn.

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One comment

  1. claudia

    ok hi how is it living in tokyo i would like to visit but i dont know how long it is from the united states i bet it would be nite to go visit.


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