Japan is an island nation, made up of 6,852 islands, located in eastern Asia. It is located in the Pacific Ocean with China, Korea and Russia to the west. The country of Japan has the 10th largest population in the world and its capital city has the largest population of any metropolitan area on Earth. If you want to know which city is the capital of Japan, keep reading to find out.
What is the capital city of Japan?
The city of Tokyo, officially known as Tokyo Metropolis, is the capital city of Japan. It is also the largest city in the country with over 13 million people. Its metropolitan area is the largest in the world with over 32 million people. Tokyo is located on the south east of Honshu, which is the largest island of Japan.
Tokyo was originally founded as a small fishing village called Edo. However, it became a very important city after becoming the center of political power. Between 1457 and 1721 the population of the city went from a handful of people to over 1,000,000 and it was the largest city in the world. The city was renamed Tokyo, which means “Eastern Capital” in 1868. At this time the emperor of Japan moved to Tokyo, which made the city the formal capital of the country.
Did you know?
Tokyo is built near the boundary of three tectonic plates and this makes it prone to earthquakes. In 1923 an earthquake, now known as the Great Kant? earthquake, devastated the city of Tokyo and caused over 105,000 deaths.