In the Kamakura period (1185-1330) the village of Edo was established. The city developed rapidly and in the mid eighteenth century the village had a population of more than 1 million. On 17 july 1868 emperor Meiji renamed Edo to Tokyo citing the city’s importance for the economy of eastern Japan.
Things to visit
Yoyogi park near JR Harajuku station, is very nice to visit during the weekend when people are playing music, doing sports or whatever they want to do.
You can combine a visit to Yoyogi park with a visit to Meiji Shrine. Meiji shrine is located in a forest that covers an area of 700,000 square-meters (about 175 acres). This area is covered by an evergreen forest that consists of 120,000 trees of 365 different species, which were donated by people from all parts of Japan when the shrine was established.
At Tokyo metropolitan government office near Shinjuku station you can go to the 45th floor for free, you have a wonderful view of Tokyo from there.
Tokyo at night
Recommended: take train to Odaiba in the afternoon when it’s dark, the trip is really awesome, you have a terrific view of Tokyo bay with all the lights, there is a ferrisweel, Toyota mega web, game hall, mall.
Recommended: Omotesando if you like modern designed buildings from the top coutiers, go when the evening has fallen and see al the beautiful lightning of the buildings of Dior, Louis Vutton and other designer brands.
Visit Shibuya crossing, the busiest crossing in the world.
Where to stay
A nice hotel to stay in Tokyo is the Oak hotel, in Ueno near metro station Inaricho. From metro Inaricho it’s only two stops to Asakusa, from which the Tubo (rapid) train directly rides to Nikko Tubo (2.15 hours).
A very nice musem to see is the Edo Tokyo museum which gives a very nice display with full scale models of who live was in the Edo period.