Which city is the center of the world's largest urban area, home to 37.4 million people?

And the answer: Tokyo.    

Photo credit: Takuya Matsuyama

According to the United Nations, the world's largest urban area -- Tokyo, Japan -- has almost the same population as the entire country of Canada. The second-largest urban area is Delhi, India, with Shanghai, China coming in third.

Once known as Edo, Tokyo is a populous city with centuries of history and culture under its belt. Tokyo is certainly no longer the fishing village it began as some 400 years ago. Today, the city is home to abundant Michelin-star restaurants, unique style and fashion, and of course, plenty of cherry blossoms. Learn more fun facts about Japan's capital below.

  1. Mount Fuji is visible from the city. Just 62 miles away, the massive volcano can be viewed from Tokyo on a clear day. Mount Fuji is one of Japan's Three Holy Mountains, along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It has been designated a site of Scenic Beauty, and is one of Japan's Historic Sites.
  2. It is one of the safest cities worldwide. As compared to other major metropolises around the world, Tokyo has a relatively low crime rate. The streets of Tokyo are especially safe at night, as police booths are positioned at different corners in the city.
  3. Shibuya Crossing is the busiest intersection in the world. At peak travel times, the five massive crosswalks in the intersection can be flooded with thousands of visitors and commuters hurrying to their destination.
  4. The Harajuku District is known for its fashion. Developed in the post-war period (and as a result of the 1967 Olympic Games), this district of Tokyo is known for colorful and creative street style as well as formal wear.

Learn more about Tokyo's history and culture here.

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