Tokyo Trivia

Tokyo Skytree and skyline, seen from I-Link Town, Ichikawa, Japan.

The Japanese capital shows some quirky superlatives, like having the highest density of vending machines anywhere or hosting more star restaurants than Paris, France.

Well, automating things is big business in Japan. Which does seem to make a lot of sense, given its rapidly aging society. When it comes to vending machines, there is one of them for every 50 Tokyoites. While hot and cold beverages are by far the most common items, you can get almost everything out of them. The selection ranges from manga merchandise to batteries as well as from face protection masks to cut fresh fruit.

Haute Cuisine Japonais

If getting food from vending machines is not your thing, Tokyo has you covered as well. No other place has more restaurants awarded a star by the French Michelin Guide. With over 200 such venues, Tokyo nearly doubles what the French capital, Paris, is offering.

Chuo and Minato seen from Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese capital is widely known for being the unrivaled champion of public transport. To get a rough idea of its magnitude, you just need to traverse Shinjuku Station, the world’s busiest rail station, during rush hour. My favorite thing is the number of rail lines running from station to station. Between Ueno and Nippori Station, no less than eight tracks run in parallel, all used by local rail services.

Getting Destroyed

There are a couple of popular trivia about Tokyo, like it ranking as the world’s most populous metropolitan region or having the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing, Shibuya Crossing. On the list of places that got destroyed in the movies most often, the Japanese capital, however, lags behind – ranking third behind Hollywood’s most popular film locations, Los Angeles and New York City. Well, when it comes to getting attacked by a fire-breathing dinosaur, Tokyo is back in the lead again…