There’s cities, there’s metropolises, and then there’s Tokyo.
The sprawl is insane to view in person. From the top floor observation deck of the Tokyo Skytree (450m/1480ft), you still cannot see the city’s edge in any direction.
Still can’t believe at the height of the Tokyo housing bubble in the 1980s, the combined housing value for all properties in Tokyo was double that of the entire USAE: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/ltnmqp/til_at_the_height_of_the_japanese_real_estate/
Was in Tokyo few years ago. Planned a few trips and everything looked so close, yet maps was saying it would take 2 hrs using direct train transportation, no stops. Once you're there it is that you realize how massive Tokyo is.
Something like 40 million people living there.
I would like to see this same picture but at night.
Can't stop thinking about the huge explosion which happened in Akira when I see this pic
It's be a shame if a radioactive lizard was to come along and ruin things...
Looks like Megacity One
This is why Tokyo is considered a prefecture (along the lines of a state) rather than a city, in Japan
I’ve seen Akira, I know what happens next.Coincidentally in Akira, Neo Tokyo is also hosting the 2020 Olympic which everyone wants cancelled but for other reasons.
Fun fact, Tokyo is technically a prefecture, equivalent to a province in Japan, with a governor. There are actually 23 "cities" in Tokyo with their individual mayors and city councils.
Part of me understands city destruction in anime a bit more now...
Jesus.... I lived in London for nearly a decade so I’m used to the idea of a big city, but Tokyo still blows my mind. It’s on a whole other level.
Tokyo is so populated but you don’t feel (from a tourist POV) it cos of how efficient their public systems work. No rush hour traffics, trains can be crowded but not long waiting times, etcEdit: grammar
This almost reminds me of the Replicator cities from Stargate Atlantis.
Interestingly, Tokyo - Fuji, Seattle - Rainier/Tahoma, and Denver - Pikes Peak are all about the same distance between the summit and the city center. 100km / 62 miles.Edit on Denver, there are other tall peaks around, like Evans or Elbert, but Pikes is a lot like the volcanoes. It's much taller than it's surrounding peaks, and is positioned close to the plains, making it stick out visually. And it's the same distance...
One of the great things about Tokyo was all the parks and other green spaces. You go into one and it’s like there’s no city around.
Spreading out is a good strategy. Forces Godzilla to spend more time going building-to-building.
Looks like the surface of the death star almost
When I talk to Japanese people about how huge Tokyo is they tend to say, "Oh but you live in London, isn't it the same?" Like no, it's not. Tokyo is on a whole different level.It is like London in the sense that Tokyo is its own little country in a much bigger country. You don't really get a feel for Japanese culture just by visiting Tokyo (same as people who go to London think they've seen the whole UK), and everyone in Japan who's not from Tokyo thinks they're a different breed of people. Japan has many other large cities, and even they're almost nothing like Tokyo.The other slightly weird thing about Tokyo is that it's VERY young. There's almost no living history to be found in the city because it got firebombed to hell in WWII, after being previously destroyed by the great earthquake in 1923. Maybe that's not unusual for Americans, but to a European a place that's mostly under 100 years old is kinda strange.
I've been staring at this for over 42 minutes and I'm still having a hard time finding Waldo.
But it doesn't feel like such a big city. We went there in 2019 and compared with NYC it's so quiet and has more like a small city vibe most of the time. Also they don't lock bikes there and nobody steals them which is amazing to see.
An endless twisting grey maze of streets and walls, and really great food.
When planning our 3 week holiday to Japan, i specifically booked a relaxing 3 days at a Ryokan with hot spring after our week in Tokyo to relax from the undoubtably amazing but stressing experience of the megapolis. But it actually was one of the most chill experiences i’ve ever had. The city is so alive and huge but i felt so relaxed an safe. One of the best experiences of my life!
I was in Tokyo a couple of years ago and it's crazy how big it is. Its 3x the size of nyc where I'm from but going from one place to the next is so fast and smooth with their transit system it's crazy how it takes double the time with nyc transit.
Lol when other cities reach this scale we should just call them "a Tokyo." Hopefully we dont end up looking like Coruscant anytime soon.
I've been to Tokyo. It's actually insane how massive that city is.
This is frightening.
tokyo is awesome. it’s massive, but almost every street is “human scale” - lots of street level activity, extremely clean, very low crime. it’s also much more green and pleasant than this photo makes it out to be. the architecture is amazing. honestly it makes manhattan seem dirty and old. i’d recommend everyone visit it at least once.