The capital of Japan is Tokyo. It’s located on the Kanto Plain on the pacific coast of central Honshu. Tokyo is Japan’s economic center; Tokyo hosts the head offices of most large Japanese corporations and media organizations. The area is 2,102 sq km and the population is 12,219,000. Tokyo was known by the name Edo before the Meiji Restoration. At the cities heart is the Imperial Palace, which used to be Edo Castle. It’s surrounded by a moat and high stone walls. Around the palace are the National Diet Building, government ministries and business districts. The west side of Tokyo Station is Marunouchi, Japan’s largest business district. Here old buildings are being replaced by new attractive buildings with offices, shops and restaurants, which attract many visitors. To the east, there is Ginza, an area known for its fine shops, department stores, and numerous restaurants and bars. North of the Ginza is Nihombashi, the commercial hub of the city. Further to the north there is Ueno district, where you will find Ueno Park, the largest in the city. The park forms a great center of art and culture with its many and varied museums. Akihabara is known as world’s largest electronic district. It’s famous for its discount stores selling all kinds of electric appliance. For a glimpse into Tokyo’s past, the Asakusa district is the place. Asakusa Kannon Temple, with its colorful shopping lanes, is a marvelous place to buy souvenirs. The Skytree, the tallest tower of Japan is situated in Tokyo. Another main attraction is the Tokyo Tower. The Shinjuku is very famous for its numerous skyscrapers, including the new Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices in the striking 48-story twin tower building. The Shibuya district, near the tranquil Meiji Shrine and the modish Harajuku and Aoyama districts, is a popular shopping and entertainment paradise. Roppongi area is filled with night spots popular with international visitors, is rapidly developing as an artistic and cultural center.