Tokyois the de facto capital of Japan, located in the east central part of the island of Honshu, specifically in the Kanto region. It is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, although its official title is metropolis or capital.
The city is the political, economic, education, communication, and cultural capital of the country. It also has the highest concentration of corporate headquarters, financial institutions, universities and colleges, museums, theaters, and shopping and entertainment establishments anywhere in Japan.
Its population exceeds 13 million inhabitants and its territory is divided into 23 Special Wards, 26 cities, a sub district divided into three towns and a village, and four sub-prefectures subdivided into two towns and seven villages, representing several small islands to the south of Honshu which extend more than 1,800 km from Shinjuku, the capital of the metropolis and seat of the government.
The center of Tokyo with its 23 wards occupies a third of the metropolis, with a population close to 13.23 million inhabitants. This area is what is internationally known as the city of Tokyo.
Its metropolitan area has more than 36 million inhabitants. It is the biggest urban agglomeration in the world.
Tokyo was the site of the 1964 Olympic Games and will host the 2020 Olympics.