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<p>Tokyo officiallyTokyo Metropolis(Tky-to)is one of the 47prefecturesofJapan. It is located on the eastern side of the main islandHonshand includes theIzu IslandsandOgasawara Islands. Tokyo Metropolis was formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture (Tokyo-fu) and thecity of Tokyo. Tokyo is thecapital of Japan, the center of theGreater Tokyo Area, and thelargest metropolitan areaof Japan. It is the seat of theJapanese governmentand theImperial Palace, and the home of theJapanese Imperial Family.The Tokyo Metropolitan government administers the twenty-threespecial wards of Tokyo, each governed as a city, that cover the area that was the city of Tokyo as well as 39municipalitiesin the western part of the prefecture and the two outlying island chains. The population of the special wards is over 8 million people, with the total population of the prefecture exceeding 13 million. The prefecture is part of theworld's most populous metropolitan areawith 35 to 39 million people (depending on definition) and theworld's largest metropolitan economywith a GDP of US$1.479 trillion atpurchasing power parityin 2008.[3]Tokyo was described bySaskia Sassenas one of the three "command centers" for theworld economy, along withNew York CityandLondon.[4]This city is considered analpha+ world city, listed by the GaWC's 2008 inventory[5]and ranked third among global cities byForeign Policy's 2010Global Cities Index.[6]In 2009 Tokyo was named theworld's most expensive cityfor expatriate employees, according to theMercerandEconomist Intelligence Unitcost-of-living surveys[7]and named the third Most Liveable City and the Worlds Most Livable Megalopolis by the magazine</p> <p>Photo of Tokyo in map of Japan</p> <p>Air India</p> <p>A Photo View of Tokyo</p> <p>Flight choosen by me to go to tokyo</p> <p>Amritsar28 Sep, 07:20 AMTokyo29 Sep, 08:00 AM121hr10minTokyo05 Oct, 09:40 AMAmritsar06 Oct, 09:00 AM226hr50min Rs.70,527 (Incl. of taxes &amp; fee)Rs.55,600 Fare+Rs.14,927 Taxes &amp; Fee</p> <p>Weather conditions in Tokyo</p> <p>MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear</p> <p>Average high C (F)9.8(49.6)10.0(50)12.9(55.2)18.4(65.1)22.7(72.9)25.2(77.4)29.0(84.2)30.8(87.4)26.8(80.2)21.6(70.9)16.7(62.1)12.3(54.1)19.7(67.5)</p> <p>Daily mean C (F)5.8(42.4)6.1(43)8.9(48)14.4(57.9)18.7(65.7)21.8(71.2)25.4(77.7)27.1(80.8)23.5(74.3)18.2(64.8)13.0(55.4)8.4(47.1)15.9(60.6)</p> <p>Average low C (F)2.1(35.8)2.4(36.3)5.1(41.2)10.5(50.9)15.1(59.2)18.9(66)22.5(72.5)24.2(75.6)20.7(69.3)15.0(59)9.5(49.1)4.6(40.3)12.5(54.5)</p> <p>Precipitationmm (inches)48.6(1.913)60.2(2.37)114.5(4.508)130.3(5.13)128.0(5.039)164.9(6.492)161.5(6.358)155.1(6.106)208.5(8.209)163.1(6.421)92.5(3.642)39.6(1.559)1,466.7(57.744)</p> <p>%Humidity50515762667375727266605363.1</p> <p>Avg. precipitation days( 1.0 mm)4.65.89.510.19.611.910.48.211.39.16.23.8100.5</p> <p>Avg. snowy days2.73.52.2000000000.79.1</p> <p>Sunshine hours180.5161.1159.2164.9180.9120.1147.5177.5112.9129.9141.4171.11,847.2</p> <p>Source #1: Japan Meteorological Agency[31]</p> <p>Econmomy of Tokyo</p> <p>Tokyo Stock Exchange, the second largest in the world by market capitalizationTokyo is one of the three world finance "command centers", along withNew York CityandLondon. Tokyo has thelargest metropolitan economy in the world. According to a study conducted byPricewaterhouseCoopers, the Tokyourban area(35.2 million people) had a total GDP of US$1.479 trillion in 2008 (atpurchasing power parity), which topped the list.[3]As of 2009, 51 of the companies listed on theGlobal 500are based in Tokyo, almost twice that of the second-placed city (Paris).[38]Tokyo is a major international finance center,[39]houses the headquarters of several of the world's largestinvestment banksandinsurancecompanies, and serves as a hub for Japan'stransportation,publishing, andbroadcastingindustries. During the centralized growth of Japan's economy followingWorld War II, many large firms moved their headquarters from cities such asOsaka(the historical commercial capital) to Tokyo, in an attempt to take advantage of better access to the government. This trend has begun to slow due to ongoing population growth in Tokyo and the high cost of living there.Tokyo was rated by theEconomist Intelligence Unitas the most expensive (highestcost-of-living) city in the world for 14 years in a row ending in 2006.[40]This analysis is for living a corporate executive lifestyle, with items like a detached house and several automobiles.[citation needed]TheTokyo Stock Exchangeis Japan's largeststock exchange, and second largest in the world bymarket capitalizationand fourth largest by share turnover. In 1990 at the end of theJapanese asset price bubble, it accounted for more than 60% of the world stock market value.[41]Tokyo had 8,460ha (20,900acres) of agricultural land as of 2003,[42]according to theMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, placing it last among the nation's prefectures. The farmland is concentrated in Western Tokyo. Perishables such as vegetables, fruits, and flowers can be conveniently shipped to the markets in the eastern part of the prefecture.Japanese leaf spinachandspinachare the most important vegetables; as of 2000, Tokyo supplied 32.5% of the Japanese leaf spinach sold at its central produce market.With 36% of its area covered by forest, Tokyo has extensive growths ofcryptomeriaandJapanese cypress, especially in the mountainous western communities of Akiruno, me, Okutama, Hachiji, Hinode, and Hinohara. Decreases in the price of lumber, increases in the cost of production, and advancing old age among the forestry population have resulted in a decline in Tokyo's output. In addition, pollen, especially from cryptomeria, is a major allergen for the nearby population centers.Tokyo Bay was once a major source of fish. Presently, most of Tokyo's fish production comes from the outer islands, such as Izu shima and Hachijjima.Skipjack tuna,nori, andajiare among the ocean products.Tourism in Tokyois also a contributor to the economy.</p> <p>Transportation in Tokyo</p> <p>Tokyo, as the center of theGreater Tokyo Area, is Japan's largest domestic and international hub for rail, ground, and air transportation. Public transportation within Tokyo is dominated by an extensive network of clean and efficient[43]trains and subways run by a variety of operators, with buses, monorails and trams playing a secondary feeder role.Withinta, one of the 23 special wards,Tokyo International Airport("Haneda") offers mainly domestic flights. Outside Tokyo,Narita International Airport, inChiba Prefecture, is the major gateway for international travelers to Japan andJapan Airlines,All Nippon Airways,Air JapanandDelta Air Linesall have a hub at this airport.Various islands governed by Tokyo have their own airports.Hachijjima(Hachijojima Airport),Miyakejima(Miyakejima Airport), andIzu shima(Oshima Airport) have service to Tokyo International and other airports.Rail is the primary mode of transportation in Tokyo, which has the most extensive urban railway network in the world and an equally extensive network of surface lines.JR Eastoperates Tokyo's largest railway network, including theYamanote Lineloop that circles the center of downtown Tokyo. Two organizations operate the subway network: the privateTokyo Metroand the governmentalTokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation. The metropolitan government and private carriers operate bus routes. Local, regional, and national services are available, with major terminals at the giant railroad stations, includingTokyo,Shinagawa, andShinjuku.Expressways link the capital to other points in the Greater Tokyo area, the Kant region, and the islands ofKyshandShikoku.Other transportation includes taxis operating in the special wards and the cities and towns. Also long-distance ferries serve the islands of Tokyo and carry passengers and cargo to domestic and foreign ports.</p> <p>Hotel choosen Most Economist: APA KEISEI NARITA Star </p> <p>APA KEISEI NARITAStar Rating:</p> <p>Lowest AverageDaily Rate :</p> <p>Rs. 3,640</p> <p>1 lift</p> <p>2 floors</p> <p>Car parking (Payable to hotel, if applicable)</p> <p>Hotel Category: First Class Modern Hotel</p> <p>Location:The hotel is located just a few minutes walk from East Exit of Keisei Narita Train Station. From Narita International Airport, it is only two stops by Keisei line train (7 minutes) </p> <p>Room TypeInclusionsAverage Daily Rate</p> <p>SingleBreakfast</p> <p>Rs. 3,640Book</p> <p>All amenitiesAll Amenitiesclose[X]</p> <p>1 lift</p> <p>2 floors</p> <p>Car parking (Payable to hotel, if applicable)</p> <p>Disabled facilities</p> <p>Earliest check-in at 14:00</p> <p>Laundry facilities</p> <p>Shop</p> <p>Very small sized lobby</p> <p>Hotel Description</p> <p>Hotel Category: First Class Modern Hotel</p> <p>Location:The hotel is located just a few minutes walk from East Exit of Keisei Narita Train Station. From Narita International Airport, it is only two stops by Keisei line train (7 minutes) and the regular complimentary shuttle bus services are also operated between the hotel and Airport terminals (about 30 minutes). From central Tokyo, it takes about 65 minutes by Keisei Line from Keisei Ueno Station or 70 minutes by JR line from JR Tokyo Terminal.</p> <p>Lobby:The lobby is medium in size, with some sitting places and decorated in modern style.</p> <p>Exterior:It is a 15 storied modern white building.</p> <p>Restaurant:There is a Japanese restaurant on the ground floor where the daily hot buffet breakfast is served. The restaurant is also opened for lunch and dinner, featuring casual Japanese dishes.</p> <p>General:A good value hotel near the middle of Narita town, offering guests a good chance to walk around the town. The hotel also offers complimentary entrance to their public bath which is located on the 2nd floor for relaxation. (03/10 YT).</p> <p>Rooms:All twin rooms are medium and singles are small in size. They are all furnished in simple modern style with the facilities such as 26 inches LCD television, direct dial phone, air-conditioning and the complimentary high speed internet access etc.The bathrooms are also small and kept clean and in excellent condition.</p> <p>Other Details1 kms to city centre10 kms to the nearest airport (narita)Close to the station (keisei narita st)1 minute walk to the nearest bus stop</p> <p>Check-in/out InfoCheck-in time is 12PM, Check-out time is 12PM.Early check-in or late check-out is subject to availability and may be chargeable by the hotel. After booking you will be sent an email confirmation with hotel phone number. You can contact the hotel directly for early check-in or late check-out</p> <p>10 most attractive places near to TokyoAkihabaraAkihabara (short: Akiba) is a district in centralTokyo, famous for its many electronics shops. In recent years, it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming,mangaand animation culture. A major redevelopment of Akihabara Station and surroundings is nearing its completion, giving Akihabara a new face.</p> <p> Hundreds of electronics shops of various sizes can be found around Akihabara Station and along Chuo Dori (Chuo Avenue). They offer everything from the newest computers, cameras, televisions, mobile phones and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk.A few major stores, such asIshimaru Denki,SofmapandLaoxoperate multiple branch stores mainly along the main roads, while many smaller shops can be found in the narrow side streets.Note that some of the electronic appliances on sale are only suited for use in Japan due tovoltage and other technical differencesand limited warranty. However, several stores also feature a selection of products for overseas use and offer duty free shopping to foreign tourists on purchases of over 10,000Yen(passport required).Koishikawa Korakuen</p> <p>Koishikawa Korakuen is one ofTokyo's oldest and most beautiful Japaneselandscape gardens. It was built by close relatives of the Tokugawa Shogun in the earlyEdo Period.Like most traditionalJapanese gardens, Koishikawa Korakuen attempts to reproduce famous landscapes from China and Japan in miniature, using a pond, stones, plants and a man made hill.Koishikawa Korakuen is attractive during all seasons of the year, but particularly so in the second half of November, when thefall colorsappear, during theplum festivalin late February and when the beautiful weepingcherry treenear the garden's entrance is in full bloom.</p> <p>Tokyo Imperial Palace</p> <p>d by moats and massive stone walls in the center ofTokyo, a short walk fromTokyo Station. It is the residence of Japan'sImperial Family.EdoCastle used to be the seat of theTokugawashogunwho ruledJapanfrom1603 until 1867. In1868, the shogunate was overthrown, and the country's capital and Imperial Residence were moved fromKyototoTokyo. In 1888 construction of a new Imperial Palace was completed. The palace was once destroyed duringWorld War Two, and rebuilt in the same style, afterwards.From Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, visitors can view the Nijubashi, two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge in front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge) for its looks. The bridge in the back was formerly a wooden bridge with two levels, from which the name Nijubashi (Double Bridge) is derived.</p> <p>Shinjuku</p> <p>Shinjuku is one of the 23 wards ofTokyo, but the name commonly refers just to the large entertainment, business and shopping area around Shinjuku Station.Handling more than two million passengers each day, Shinjuku Station is Japan's busiestrailwaystation, served by six railway companies and about a dozen railway and subway lines, including theJR Yamanote Line.West of the station is Shinjuku'skyscraper district, home to many ofTokyo's tallest buildings, including several premier hotels and theMetropolitan Government Office, whose observation decks are open to the public for free.Northeast of the station liesKabukicho, Japan's largest and wildest red light district, while department stores, subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides, including the recently redeveloped south, where the pleasant Southern Terrace is located. Redevelopment there is still ongoing.Shibuya</p> <p>Shibuya is one of the twenty-three city wards ofTokyo, but often refers to just the popular shopping and entertainment area around Shibuya Station.Shibuya is one ofTokyo's most colorful and busy districts and birthplace to many of Japan's fashion and entertainment trends. Most of the area's large department and fashion stores belong to eitherTokyuorSeibu, two competing corporations.A prominent landmark of Shibuya is the large intersection in front of the station (Hachiko Exit), which is heavily decorated by neon advertisements and giant video screens and gets crossed by amazingly large crowds of pedestrians each time the traffic light turns green.Sensoji Temple</p> <p>Sensoji (also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhisttemplelocated inAsakusa, the center of the shitamachi (lit. "low town").The legend says that in the year628, two brothers fished a statue ofKannon, the goddess of mercy, out of t...</p>