Okutama is a town in Nishitama District, Tokyo. With an area of 225.63 km², it is the largest community in Tokyo. Mt. Kumotori, Tokyo's highest peak at 2017 m, divides Okutama from the Okuchichibu region of the neighboring Saitama and Yamanashi Prefectures. Tokyo's northernmost and westernmost points lie in Okutama, as does Lake Okutama, an important source of water for Tokyo, situated above the Ogōchi Dam in the town. A town (町 chō) is a local administrative unit in Japan. ... Nishitama, in Tokyo, Japan, is formed in the following towns and villages. ... Long a symbol of Tokyo, the Nijubashi Bridge at the Imperial Palace. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... The metre (American spelling: meter), symbol: m, is the basic unit of distance (or of length, in the parlance of the physical sciences) in the International System of Units. ... Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県; Saitama-ken) is located on Honshu island, Japan. ... Yamanashi Prefecture (山梨県 Yamanashi-ken) is located in the Chubu region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Aeral photo of Lake Okutama. ...
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Tokyo was already the nation's political, economic, and cultural center, and the emperor's residence made it a de facto imperial capital as well with the former Edo Castle becoming the Imperial Palace.
Tokyo, like Osaka has been designed since about the turn of the century (1900) to be rail-centric, that is centered around major train stations in a high density fashion, so suburban railways were built relatively cheaply at street level.
Tokyo was rated by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the most expensive (highest cost-of-living) city in the world for 14 years in a row ending in 2006.
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