Tokyo Trivia

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

Tokyo boasts some unusual and quirky superlatives, from vending machines to star restaurants as well as rail tracks.

Automating things is big business in Japan. Considering its aging society, this may make a lot of sense. No wonder the Japanese capital has the highest density of vending machines in the world. Less than 50 Tokyoites are served by one machine on average. Hot and cold beverages are by far the most common items. But these machines do not stop there. You can get almost everything out of them, from manga merchandise to batteries as well as face protection masks or cut fresh fruit.

Vending Machines and Star Restaurants

If taking food from vending machines is not your thing, Tokyo has you covered as well. No other place in the world has so many restaurants awarded a star by the French Michelin Guide. With over 200 such venues, Tokyo offers almost twice of what the French capital, Paris boasts.

Tokyo is the undisputed champion of public transport too. To get an idea of its scale, you just need to traverse Shinjuku Station, the world’s most traveled rail station, during rush hour. My favorite thing is the sheer number of rail lines running between stations. From Ueno no less than eight tracks go in parallel to Nippori Station, all used by local rail services. Two additional tracks of the long-distance Shinkansen express train are not even included here.

Destroyed in the Movies

There are a lot more Tokyo superlatives, like being at the center of the world’s most populous metropolitan region or hosting the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing, the famous Shibuya Crossing. A category where the city lags behind, is the list of places that got most often destroyed in the movies. Tokyo ranks only third here, behind Hollywood’s most popular film locations, Los Angeles and New York City. When it comes to getting attacked by a fire-breathing dinosaur however, the Japanese capital is back in the lead… 

Hanami by Boat, Chidori-ga-fuchi, Tokyo, Japan

Shinjuku seen from Park Hyatt, Tokyo, Japan.