There are megacities. And there is Tokyo. The Japanese capital is the world’s most populous metropolitan region and has the most traveled railway station (Shinjuku) as well as the busiest pedestrian crossing (Shibuya) anywhere. And it can even claim a top rank when it comes to safety. But there is still more:
- No other place has a higher rate of vending machines per capita. On average, one machine serves less than 50 people in Tokyo. While cold and hot beverages are the most common items, vending machines offer almost everything from face protection masks to cut fresh fruit as well as anime and manga merchandise.
- Tokyo is home of the railway stretch with the world’s largest number of parallel tracks. Between Ueno and Nippori Station, no less than ten tracks of the local rail services run in parallel (two separate tracks of the Shinkansen super express train not counting).
- Far more restaurants in Tokyo were awarded a star by the French Michelin Guide than anywhere else. The city has over 200 star restaurants, almost twice as much as the second-ranking French capital, Paris.
Tokyo scores less high in many other categories, of course. On the list of places that got most often destroyed in the movies for example, it only ranks third (behind Los Angeles and New York City). Well, when it comes to getting attacked by a fire-breathing, radioactive dinosaur, the Japanese megacity is back in the lead again…