Photo: Landsat view of Tokyo Metropolis.
Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan
and is located
on the eastern side of the main island, Honshu. Tokyo's government also
twenty-three special wards of Tokyo, which governed as a city. The Tokyo
Government is located in Shinjuku City.
The population of the special wards is over 8 million people, with the
total population of the
prefecture exceeding 12 million. The prefecture is the center of the Greater
the world's most populous metropolitan area with 35 to 39million people,
and the world's
largest metropolitan economy. Tokyo is the seat of the Japanese government.
Palace stands in the center of the city area of Tokyo.
Tokyo went on to suffer two major catastrophes in the 20th century. One
was the Great Kanto
earthquake in 1923, and the other was the Second World War. The bombing
of Tokyo in
1944 and 1945 destroyed most city area. Tokyo is completely rebuilt. In
the late 1980s,
the real estate price rose sky-rocked during a real estate and debt bubble.
however, burst in the early 1990s, many companies, banks and individuals
were caught with
a mortgage-backed debt while real estate was shrinking in value.
Double-bridge Nijubashi leading to the main gate over the moats, photographed
in November 2011.
(L) Akasaka Palace Tokyo functions as the State Guesthouse today, photographed
in November 2011.
(R) Hanazono Shrine, Shinto shrine is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
A tranquil moat with a lot of grass and algae, near Akasaka-Mituke
Sanno-Hiei Shrine at Akasaka
(L) Torii of Meiji Shrine (R) Temizusha, purification through a hand-washing
(L) Ema, votive tablets for a special personal prayer (R) The Main Meiji
Meiji Shrine and Inner Garden
(L) Bank of Japan (M) Cherry bloom at Benkeibori ( Akasaka-Mitsuke )
(R) Loquat was found along a walkway of Ichigaya, Tokyo, photographed in
(L) Cherry blossom time at the outside moat, near Ichigaya
(R) A moat beside of the Imperial Palace, which was photographed in April
A moat beside of the Imperial Palace in late March to early April 2009
(L) An outdoor Koto concert was held in front of the National Theater.
(R) A moat beside of the Imperial Palace:
Both pictures were taken in April 2012.
Inner Garden of Imperial Palace in spring time
Rikugien Garden: The weeping cherry tree in 2016
Carps, bridge and spring verdure at Rikugien Garden in 2016
(L) Shiodome City Center, the headquarters of ANA and Fujitsu, in Minato
(M) JAL headquarter building is located in Shinagawa City, Tokyo. JAL is
still suffering from the world-wide recession.
(R) Rainbow Bridge on the Tokyo Bay with Tokyo Tower, is in the center,
which was photographed from an aircraft to Haneda Airport in September
Sensouji Temple, Asakusa
Suica is a rechargeable contact-less smart card used as a fare card on
train lines in Japan.
Launched in 2001, the card is usable currently in almost all area of Japan.
The card is
also increasingly being accepted as a form of electronic money for purchases
and kiosks, especially within train stations. Far over 30 million Suica
cards are in circulation.
The card incorporates contact-less radio-frequency identification technology
by Sony, called FeliCa. The same technology is also deployed in the Edy
cards used in Japan and the Octopus card in Hong Kong. These cards are
available at card
vending machines at the train stations that allow Suica. A new card costs
2,000 yen, which
includes a 500 yen deposit that will be refunded if the card is returned.
1,500 yen is immediately available for train rides, and more money can
be charged on to
the card in 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 3,000 yen, 4,000 yen, 5,000 yen, and
increments at similar ticket vending or fare-adjustment machines displaying
logo inside each station.
(L) 24-hour pass for Tokyo-Metro lines.
(R) One-day pass for Toei Subway
A 24-hour pass costs 600 yen for the entire lines of Tokyo-Metro lines.
If you buy it around
the noon, you can enjoy the main central area of Tokyo in the whole afternoon
following morning hours in a very low cost, without wasting valuable time.
Toei subway one-day pass costs 700 yen, good for the entire lines of Toei
One-day ticket is available at Tokyo-Metro and Toei subway lines at the
fee of 1,000 yen.
This ticket allows unlimited rides on Tokyo subway lines for one day.
At which hotel, would you like to stay in Tokyo?
A summary of smoking-room rate studied in local hotels of Japan
Smoke-free Hotels in Japan
Smoke-free Hotels in Tokyo
Smoke-free rental condominium in Tokyo
Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.
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The article was written in September 2009, and last revised in March 2016,
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