Fascinating Tokyo is a futuristic city that also maintains a strong traditional culture. Shinjuku is one of the capital city’s twenty three wards. The world’s busiest railway station is also located in Shinjuku Tokyo. Serviced apartments cater to tourists who flock to the glitzy destination in search of some of the region’s best entertainment and shopping. Over a dozen railway and subway lines run through Shinjuku Station. It is also a stop for some of Tokyo’s main long distance highway and city buses making it a key transport hub. If you are looking to stay overnight, look up the Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo.
Tokyo’s Imperial Palace is also known as ‘Kokyo’ and it serves as the residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is located in Chiyoda, which is precisely the center of Tokyo. The site of the palace was once where Edo Castle stood, its moats, defensive walls, gate houses and turrets can be seen today. The castle would have been the central focus of the city, which was then named Edo. Even though the power of the Emperor faded in Japan’s ruling system, much of the modern political power is still concentrated in that location. The Prime Minister’s offices and most of the government buildings stand to the south side of the palace. Many of the financial institutions are housed on the west side, along with Tokyo Station, the heart of Japan’s train network.
There are free guided tours of the Imperial Palace grounds that can be booked ahead online. To admire the most beautiful of the palace gardens head to the East Garden that once belonged to the Edo Castle grounds. The Imperial family makes a public appearance on the balcony of the Palace twice a year: New Year and Emperor Akihito’s birthday, December twenty third.
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