Most Crowded Areas in Tokyo

Central Tokyo

Central Tokyo © jonrawlinson/Flickr

At the end of the 19th century Tokyo became the most important representation of a Western-style city in East-Asia. Though the city had preserved several traditional buildings, the urbanization and modernization caused serious changes in Tokyo’s infrastructure. The best representation of a modern district in Tokyo is Ginza, which is nowadays compared to the 5th Avenoue of New York.

Since the early 1900s, Ginza had been a very significant part of the city, even though it is not the center of Tokyo, only a tiny part of it. Besides the central area and Ginza, Roppongi and Shibuya are the most significant districts of the city. This article presents the two most crowded districts of Japan’s capital: Ginza and Central Tokyo.


Ginza from TT

Ginza from Tokyo Tower © luisvilla/Flickr

Ginza is also known as the upscale district of Tokyo and nowadays it includes the areas of Hibiya and Yurakucho as well. The futuristic appearance of Ginza started its development in the 1980s and since then, hundreds of shops, malls, boutiques, clubs, cafés and restaurants were opened here. Briefly, Ginza is the paradise of entertainment in Tokyo. As it is full of shops and restaurants, it is always crowded, thousands of people walk on the streets of Ginza every day.

If you plan to see the most famous area of Tokyo, you should visit Ginza on weekends, when the main street (Chuo Dori) is closed for the vehicles and the pedestrians can walk leisurely on the streets of Ginza. Chou Dori is closed on Saturdays, between 14.00 and 17.00 and between 12.00-18.00 on Sundays.


Ginza: car-free hours © rwwh/Flickr

It is quite easy to get to Ginza: it can be accessed by the following subway lines: Ginza, Hibiya, Marunouchi, Yurakucho, Yamamoto and Keihin-Tohoku. The following stations are located in the area of Ginza: Ginza, Ginza-Itchome, Higashi Ginza and Yurakucho Stations.


Central Tokyo

Central Tokyo

Even the nights are crowded in Central Tokyo © jonrawlinson/Flickr

Central Tokyo includes the areas of Chuo-ku, Chiyoda-chu, and the North of Minato-ku. It is also known as the financial and business area of Tokyo: dozens of banks and offices are located in the area. But the most important establishment of Central Tokyo is not one of these financial facilities, but the Imperial Palace itself. Though it is open to the public only two times every year (2 January and 23 December), it is still the most popular sight of Central Tokyo.

Kitanomaru-koen, a nearby park is very crowded, especially during lunch breaks, when thousands of people run away from the noise of the city and relax a few minutes in this park. Not only Central Tokyo, but the city itself is always crowded, which is not a surprise if we are talking about a huge city with more than 8 million inhabitants.

Central Tokyo can be accessed quite easily: almost all metro lines have stations around the center. So finding Central Tokyo is a piece of cake, but getting around here is another thing.


View of Central Tokyo from the Imperial Palace © gwaar/Flickr

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