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Tokyo in Japan- The World’s Largest Metropolitan Economy

Tokyo, the capital of Japan lies at the centre of the Greater Tokyo Area, which is the world's most populous metropolitan area with 35 to 39 million people and is the largest metropolitan economy with (depending on definition) and is the world's largest metropolitan economy and purchasing power parity. Listed along the cities like London and New York it is alpha+ world city.

Accommodation Options
Tokyo has many accommodation options from budget hostels to plush 5 star hotels and resorts to cater to every genre of travellers. Students and backpackers would find the cheap youth hostels and B & B handy. Affordable and comfortable these hostels are conveniently located close to the city centre. Some of the amenities on offer include shower rooms, western style toilets, washing machines and internet facilities.

It was the erstwhile fishing hamlet named Edo that became this bustling city of Tokyo. In 1590, Tokugawa Ieyasu made Edo his base. The town shot into prominence as he became shogun in 1603, and grew as one of the largest cities in the world and became the de facto capital of Japan.

Popular Places
Tokyo has many impressive skyscrapers and architectural marvels that flaunt the opulence of this city. Fuji TV headquarters, designed by the late, great Kenzō Tange, noted for its 90-degree angles and scaffolding structure with a 1200 tonne ball at the top, (which is an observation deck) is a popular attraction of this city. Tokyo is also home to one of the world's tallest Ferris wheels, which is as high as the second viewing platform of the Eiffel Tower is another must see.

Getting Around
Trains and subways are the most convenient forms of transport in Tokyo. Hassle free, clean and punctual, these trains are superfast and can take you to the different parts of the city in not time. The travel guide of Tokyo would list many subway routes including redline, yellow line and blue line among others.

Places of Entertainment
There are many night spots and fun hubs at this city that never sleeps. Crammed with nightclubs, bars, discos and pinball clubs, erotic adult entertainment options and cabarets, Tokyo has a happening nightlife.  There are theatres where you can enjoy Japanese dance and music and wayside cafes too.  

The currency of Tokyo is Yen (JPY), which is the third most-traded currency in the foreign exchange market next only to American dollar and the euro and is one of the strongest currencies in the world. Money exchange facilities are available in banks and travel counters and the exchange rates can be sourced from internet or from financial news.

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