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Top 10 Tokyo by Stephen Mansfield

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Central Tokyo

The historic city and the site of Edo Castle, with its moats, stone ramparts, and bridges, once defined the imperial power structure with the merchant classes to the east, and samurai and lords to the south and west. In some ways, the power structure has remained visibly intact, with the Imperial Palace at the center; parliament, law courts, and police headquarters to the south; and the financial center to the east. The area has been transformed by a series of fires, earthquakes, air raids, and developers, yet the outlines of the core city remain intact. This district has become a lively tourist attraction.

1. Imperial Palace East ...

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