Quick Fun Facts About Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo! You may have heard that line a thousand times by now… but do you know these quick fun facts Tokyo? Read more to find out.

1. Tokyo Disneyland was Disney’s first park outside the US.

2. Tokyo Tower was inspired by The Eiffel Tower.

3. “Oshiya” is the official job title for the station attendants whose task it is to literally squeeze people into crowded trains during rush hour (yes, they have an official title specifically for this and are paid to push people!).

4. Vending machines in Tokyo sell not only your classic drinks line up, but also boast canned bread, cigarettes, natto (fermented soybeans), fresh eggs and much more.

5. Shinjuku Station is the world’s busiest rail station with an average of 3.64 million people passing through daily, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

6. Diplo studied abroad at Temple University Japan.

7. Japan sells extremely expensive premium fruits. For example, 1 melon can set you back 10,000 JPY, the rough equivalent of 100 USD.

8. The number “4” can be read and pronounced the same way as the word for death in Japanese (shi), which is why some buildings, offices, and most hospitals DO NOT have a 4th floor! (Physically they do, but they just skip the numerical values of 4 and go straight from 3 to 5).

9. Tokyo’s Ritz Carlton is home to one of the most expensive suites in the world. It costs about 18,000 USD per night and was designed by Frank Nicholson.

10. Shibuya’s renowned “Scramble Crossing” is rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world. During morning and evening rush hours, over 1000 people cross at any one time.