BeeOasis Step 2
You are on your way to work. It’s rush hour, and the train is packed. People are pressed against you on all sides. The train speeds along, but you can’t move. Finally, you stop; the doors open, and you push your way out. It’s Shinjuku Station, the busiest train station in the world. And you are one of 3.6 million people who will use Shinjuku today. Welcome to Tokyo.
Tokyo is the capital of Japan, with a population of 8 million. But 35 million people live in the Greater Tokyo Area. That is more than all of Canada. Tokyo is Japan’s financial center. And with London and New York, it is a world financial center too. In fact, Tokyo has the largest economy of any city in the world.
Tokyo is a cultural capital. There are wonderful museums, including the Tokyo National Museum, and the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Tokyo has many theaters for the performing arts. People can enjoy all forms of modern and classical music. And traditional arts, like Kabuki, are also popular. Tokyo is also famous for food. In 2007, The Michelin Guide ranked Tokyo as the world’s most delicious city.
Tokyo mixes the past and present, with modern towers and ancient temples. The Mori Tower is a 54-story building in Roppongi. It has an art museum, movie theater, coffee shops, stores, offices, and apartments. Sensoji Temple in Asakusa is the oldest and most popular temple in Tokyo. And it is free too see. But Tokyo is expensive. In 2008, Tokyo was rated the world’s 2nd most expensive city. And from 1992 to 2006, Tokyo ranked as the most expensive place to live in the world.