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Tokyo - Terrific Trivia

8th November 2012

The Japanese capital continues to delight and amaze visitors - with such as attractions as the Imperial Palace and the Sensoji Temple to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Rainbow Bridge. There’s no doubt that exploring Tokyo is fascinating, however we thought we’d put together some interesting trivia facts to make your experience of Tokyo all the more exciting.

Here are our top five pieces of trivia on Tokyo.


The Tokyo Skyline

Tokyo Tower
The communications tower situated in Shiba Park has a striking resemblance to another famous icon. It was indeed inspired by Paris’ Eiffel Tower. Interestingly when it was opened in 1958, the Tokyo Tower became the tallest free-standing tower in the world, dethroning the Eiffel Tower by 13 metres. Superstition says that if you watch the lights of the Tokyo Tower being turned off with your partner, then your love will last longer.

Busiest Train Station
The title of the world’s busiest train station belongs to Shinjuku Station – with an average of around 3,600,000 passengers per day. That’s basically the entire population of Sydney passing through Shinjuku’s doors. To cope with the vast crowds, the station has the most exits out of any Tokyo station – over 200.

Mt Fuji
Despite being located within eyesight of the Japanese capital, travellers would have to be lucky to see Mt Fuji from Tokyo. The highest mountain in the country is only visible from Tokyo for around 79 days a year. To appreciate the wonder of Mt Fuji, travel 130 kilometres south-west.

Most Expensive Restaurant
Aragawa is regularly crowned as one of the world’s most expensive restaurants. For the ultimate splurge, indulge in the eight-course meal that will set you back around AU$770. The signature dish of the restaurant is the charcoal-broiled beef steak from the Sanda region of the Hyogo Prefecture.

The Capital
There is on-going dispute among academic circles regarding the legitimacy of Tokyo as the nation’s capital. Some Japanese believe that the title remains with Kyoto because there is ambiguity around the transfer of power that arguably took place in 1868.