Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō) is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. It is also one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns and villages west of the city center. The Izu and Ogasawara Islands are also part of Tokyo.
Prior to 1868, Tokyo was known as Edo. A small castle town in the 16th century, Edo became Japan’s political center in 1603 when Tokugawa Ieyasu established his feudal government there. A few decades later, Edo had grown into one of the world’s most populous cities. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the emperor and capital moved from Kyoto to Edo, which was renamed Tokyo (“Eastern Capital”). Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945.
Today, Tokyo offers a seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining to its visitors. The city’s history can be appreciated in districts such as Asakusa and in many excellent museums, historic temples and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers a number of attractive green spaces in the city center and within relatively short train rides at its outskirts.
Shenzhen is located in the southern portion of the Guangdong Province, on the eastern shore of the Pearl River Delta. Neighboring the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, Shenzhen’s location gives it a geographical advantage for economic development. In 1980, the first Special Economic Zone of China was built in this city. From then on, the city become a highlight of China, one known for its rapid economic growth.
More than thirty years ago, it just was a small fishing village called Bao’an County. In 1979, it was renamed Shenzhen City. When the Special Economic Zone was built, the city was divided into six zones, four of which are located in the Special Economic Zone.
Each year, more and more people come to Shenzhen to try to find employment. As a result, the city has become increasingly crowded. The local government has recently made city-wide environmental improvements in an effort to combat problems caused by overpopulation. In recognition for these improvements, the city was awarded the Garden City Award in 2000.
Dubai is one of the few cities in the Middle East that are very open to welcoming tourists. However, it must be noted that with the allowance comes the responsibility to be sensitive to the Islamic ways that are dominant and respected in Dubai. It is one of the seven municipalities comprising the United Arab Emirates. Situated in the east of the Arabian Peninsula and southwest of the Arabian Gulf, the city, is most celebrated for its constant sunshine, stunning coastline, and vast deserts, among others.
Dubai takes pride of its good enforcement of law and order all throughout the city. Visitors will feel safe and secure while exploring the area at any given the time of day. Ultimately, although Dubai is considered as a safe travel destination, it is still imperative to be cautious of yourself, your belongings and the surroundings. The city is solo traveller-friendly as much as it is family-friendly, you can also check about different Dubai Holidays from reputable travel agencies. Also, the municipality is very strict with regards to community regulations, especially with food handlers’ hygiene and overall food safety. So you’re all good!
It is a city which is extremely close to Tokyo, yet it seems to get overlooked by many tourists – this is of course the beautiful port city of Yokohama. A mere 30 minutes from Tokyo by normal train, and just 18 minutes by shinkansen to Shin-Yokohama, it is extremely convenient to get to and makes an amazing day trip. It is a destination which is included in the JR Rail Pass, the JR Tokyo Wide Pass and even the N’EX Round Trip Ticket!
Although we can demonstrate how easy it is to get to Yokohama, you might be wondering “but what is Yokohama?” Originally it was a small fishing village, but when Japan reopened to the world after a period of national isolation it became one of the first ports which allowed foreign trade. From these humble beginnings it quickly grew with foreigners settling in the Kannai area, and for this reason Yokohama became the first place in Japan for Western fashion to become popular, for an English language newspaper to be published and more. In recent decades the population has grown to nearly four million and even today it remains a bustling port – the second busiest in Japan and in the top fifty largest seaports in the world.
In order for you to enjoy the best aspects of this cool city we have created a kind of itinerary, or map, of the top ten things you must do in Yokohama to make your trip a real success.