Tokyo

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Tokyo (東京,   Tōkyō), formally Tokyo Metropolis (東京都,   Tōkyō-to) is the capital of Japan, as well as one of the nation's 47 prefectures and the most populous city in the world. Naturally, it has appeared in numerous kaiju films, whether as a primary setting or merely in passing.

Name

Tokyo was originally known as "Edo", meaning "estuary." Its name was changed to Tokyo (Tōkyō: tō (east) + kyō (capital)) when it became the de facto imperial capital in 1868.

History

Showa Series

Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla, after being discovered on Odo Island, was the subject of a discussion held at the National Diet Building by Kyohei Yamane and a group of islanders. Yamane explained to members of the Japanese government that Godzilla had been resting below the waters of the South Pacific since the Jurassic period, and had likely been awoken by nuclear tests conducted in the region.

Unknown to everyone there, Godzilla had began journeying towards Japan after the JMSDF attempted to use depth-charges to kill him. Unfortunately, these weapons failed to injure the kaiju, and instead only angered him. Several days after the expedition to Odo Island concluded, Godzilla rose out of Tokyo Bay at night, terrifying a group of people aboard a cruise ship, before sinking back below the water. The following evening, Godzilla left the water again and this time came ashore, attacking the neighboring city of Shinagawa, causing much destruction and death before returning to the bay. A barrier constructed from thousands of high-voltage pylons was then placed around the city in an attempt to defend it should Godzilla surface again, but these proved ultimately useless when Godzilla rose out of Tokyo Bay once more and melted the pylons with his atomic breath. Godzilla then entered Tokyo and quickly began to destroy it, reducing it to a sea of flames in a matter of hours.

After Godzilla left much of the city in ruins, two F-86 Sabres were mobilized in a last-ditch attempt to drive Godzilla back. The jet fighters unloaded their arsenal of missiles on Godzilla, but the giant monster gave no reaction to the counterattack. With no ammunition left and barely enough fuel to return to base, the jets were forced to fly away as Godzilla returned to the ocean yet again. The death toll from the attack was massive, but the residual radiation left behind by Godzilla's assault on the city would go on to kill many more.

Varan

Professor Sugimoto's biology laboratory was based in Tokyo. It was from this lab that two of Sugimoto's students left on a research trip to the Tohoku region of Northern Japan. Kenji Uozaki, Yuriko Shinjo and Horiguchi then departed from Tokyo for Iwaya Village to discover what really happened to the first research team. The JSDF later sent several representatives to Sugimoto's lab to consult the professor on how to stop Varan, and the Varan Countermeasures Unit was likewise based in the capital city.

Varan itself briefly entered Tokyo from Tokyo Bay at Haneda Airport but an all-out offensive from the JSDF was successful in preventing more damage to the city, thanks in large part to the bravery of Uozaki and the expertise of Professor Sugimoto.

Mothra

King Kong vs. Godzilla

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

After King Ghidorah emerged from his egg that landed down on Earth, he is later seen wreaking havoc on the city of Tokyo during a press meeting is held at the National Diet Building, blasting the city apart with his gravity beams, the Tokyo Tower was later destroyed after King Ghidorah flew through it, leaving the city in ruins.

Gamera

The War of the Gargantuas

King Kong Escapes

Destroy All Monsters

All Monsters Attack

Godzilla vs. Hedorah

Godzilla vs. Gigan

Godzilla vs. Megalon

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

Terror of Mechagodzilla

Heisei Series

The Return of Godzilla

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

Godzilla vs. Mothra

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion

Rebirth of Mothra III

Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

Godzilla: The Series

Competition

Monster Wars: Part 2

Millennium Series

Godzilla 2000: Millennium

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Godzilla: Final Wars

In the final battle of the Xiliens invasion, Godzilla easily defeats Ebirah and Hedorah. The meteor Gorath heading towards Earth finally lands and destroys most of Tokyo when Monster X levitates down. Monster X and Godzilla start fighting. Gigan returns as modified Gigan and helps Monster X by cutting Godzilla, visibly causing pain. Mothra appears to help fend of the alien monsters, and knocks them down. Gigan and Mothra fight in the air, but Gigan deafeats Mothra by slicing off part of her wing. After firing his laser from his visor, Gigan assumes Mothra is defeated and strikes a victory pose. Gigan gets his head cut off from a failed attack on Mothra that swerves back towards him. Mothra, now on fire smashes into Gigan, finally killing him. Monster X and Godzilla fight for a while, but Monster X starts his transformation into Keizer Ghidorah. The Ghidorah picks up Godzilla with his heads and start sucking out energy. The Gotengo which escaped the explosion of the Xilien mothership. Shinichi Ozaki uses the Gotengo to insert some of his Keizer energy into Godzilla. This powered up Godzilla, and he used this new found power to break free and blow off two of three of Keizer Ghidorah’s heads, and threw him around. Godzilla threw the Ghidorah one final time, and blew him up with his red atomic breath in the atmosphere above. Godzilla then encounters the crew of the Gotengo, but spares them when Minilla stands in front of the crew. Godzilla and his son head out to sea.

MonsterVerse

Godzilla (2014)

Post-Millennium Series

Shin Godzilla

When the Japanese Coast Guard investigated a small yacht floating in Tokyo Bay, it found the craft abandoned with no sign of a struggle or the owner's whereabouts. Suddenly, the water began to erupt and steam as a strange red liquid flooded the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line. The Japanese government concluded that the disaster was due to an underwater volcanic eruption, but assistant cabinet secretary Rando Yaguchi proposed it was a gigantic living creature, citing footage he had found online. His colleagues dismissed his claims until a huge tail burst out of the bay. As Prime Minister Seiji Okouchi assured the populace that the creature would not surface, he made landfall in Tokyo's Kamata district, stumbling around on his hind legs and pushing himself forward with his tail. After toppling an apartment building, he suddenly reared up on his hind legs and sprouted arms. Okouchi deployed helicopters to attack the beast, only to call them off when he learned civilians were still evacuating the area. As they flew away, the monster returned to the sea.

The Japanese government immediately began formulating strategies to deal with the monster should it return. One informal group including Yaguchi discovered increased radiation levels in the areas Godzilla had rampaged through. An American presidential envoy, Kayoco Anne Patterson, soon contacted them, offering intelligence in exchange for help locating a professor named Goro Maki. The National Police Agency couldn't find him, but discovered that he was the owner of the abandoned yacht. Patterson revealed that Maki was researching the creature for the U.S. Department of Energy when he was still living on the seafloor. The name he gave him read as "Gojira" in Japanese and "Godzilla" in English, meaning "God incarnate" in his hometown of Odo Island. Godzilla, an ancient species of marine life, had mutated after feeding on barrels of nuclear waste deposited in Tokyo Bay in the 1950's. This helped confirm Hiromi Ogashira's theory that he sustained himself through nuclear fission. As a result, he had overheated on land and dove into Tokyo Bay to cool off. Yaguchi's group brainstormed a potential way to defeat him: shut off his internal cooling system. They began to develop the Yaguchi Plan, revolving around a coagulant.

Shortly afterward, Godzilla surfaced in Kamakura and shrugged off a JSDF assault as he reentered Tokyo. With Okouchi's approval, the United States sent three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to drop bunker buster bombs on Godzilla, visibly injuring him. In response, Godzilla's dorsal fins began glowing purple, and he unleashed an atomic beam from his mouth, obliterating the bombers, the helicopter carrying the Prime Minister and many of his Cabinet members, and large swaths of Tokyo. After expending such a huge amount of energy, Godzilla stopped moving near Tokyo Station and entered a state of hibernation. Yaguchi and his team, all lower-ranking officials evacuating by cars and eventually on foot, survived.

Though Godzilla shot down any drone that approached him, JSDF members were able to obtain cell samples from the bombing run to test the coagulant on. Labs analyzing the samples discovered that large pieces of Godzilla were capable of evolving and potentially taking on lives of their own. Earth could be overrun by a horde of Godzillas if he wasn't stopped in his present form. With this revelation, the United States gave the Japanese government two weeks to evacuate Tokyo, after which they would drop a hydrogen bomb onto Godzilla as part of a United Nations task force. Yaguchi's team scrambled to execute their plan, renamed Operation Yashiori, before this could come to pass. Apart from the help they found throughout Japan, they also obtained Chinese tank trunks, French diplomatic stalling, German processing power, and American firepower.

Operation Yashiori woke up Godzilla a few hours early by detonating trains full of explosives at his feet. From there, waves of drones drew his fire until he ran out of energy. Cruise missiles and planted explosives dropped nearby buildings onto him, knocking him to the ground. Using concrete pump trucks, JSDF troops force-fed Godzilla the blood coagulant. Though he fought back, they were able to freeze over his entire body just in time, leaving him in a state of suspended animation. With Operation Yashiori a success, the Americans called off their nuclear strike, though they warned they would resume their countdown if Godzilla reawakened. Scientists concluded that the half-life of his unique radioactive isotope was only 20 days, allowing Tokyo to recover quickly from the nuclear fallout.

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Locations
Showa
Countries Japan (HiroshimaNagasakiTokyoKobeOsakaNagoyaOkinawaHokkaidoKyotoFukuoka) • China (Beijing) • Philippines (Manila) • United States (New York) • England • (London) • France (Paris) • Russia (Moscow) • Rolisica (New Kirk City) • Selgina
Geographic Points Mount AsoMount FujiPacific Ocean (Odo IslandIwato IslandFarou IslandMatango IslandInfant IslandSergio IslandLetchi IslandSolgell IslandMonster IslandMondo IslandMonsterlandJapan Trench) • Tokyo BayOsaka Bay
Planets and Continents Earth (AsiaAmericaEurope) • MysteroidPlanet RPlanet PairaVenusMarsJupiterPlanet XThe MoonGorathTerraPlanet Fire GodDark Gaseous Nebula of the OrionSpace Hunter MPlanet PeacelandPlanet GarogaPlanet BulgarBlack Hole Planet 3
Miscellaneous National Diet BuildingTokyo TowerOsaka CastleSaikai BridgeHaneda AirportAtami CastleMuNagoya TowerNagoya CastleWakato BridgeKurobe DamArc de TriompheGodzilla TowerSeatopiaUnderground Cave
Heisei
Countries Japan (TokyoOsakaHokkaido (Sapporo) • FukuokaNagoyaYokohama (Minato Mirai 21) • KyotoKobeKagoshimaKumamotoOkinawa) • China (Hong Kong) • PhilippinesRussiaSaradia)
Geographic Points Mount MiharaMount FujiLake AshiPacific Ocean (Lagos IslandInfant IslandAdonoa IslandBirth IslandGodzilla IslandMatango IslandBungo ChannelYakushimaNilai-Kanai Temple)
Planets and Continents Earth (Asia) • MarsJupiterPlanet Torendiru
Miscellaneous Mihama Nuclear Power PlantNational Diet BuildingFukuoka TowerSapporo TowerNagoya CastleNagoya TowerYokohama Landmark TowerYokohama Bay BridgeCosmo Clock 21Tokyo TowerKai Tak AirportTokyo Bay Aqua-LineTokyo Metropolitan Government BuildingTokyo Telecom CenterIkata Nuclear Power PlantHaneda AirportAriake ColiseumUnderworld
Millennium
Countries Japan (TokyoOkinawaTokaiManazuruHokkaido (Nemuro) • OsakaYokohamaTateyama) • United States (New YorkArizona) • France (Paris) • Australia (Sydney) • New Guinea (Papua) • China (Shanghai)
Geographic Points Pacific Ocean (KiganjimaInfant IslandJapan Trench) • Atlantic Ocean (English Channel) • Mount MyokoLake IkedaAokigaharaMount FujiArea G
Planets and Continents Earth (AsiaAmericaEuropeOceaniaAntarcticaNew Guinea) • GorathPlanet Fire God
Miscellaneous National Diet BuildingTokyo TowerTokai Nuclear Power PlantYokohama Landmark TowerYokohama Bay BridgeSydney Opera HouseEiffel TowerTokyo Bay
American Films
Countries United States (New YorkHawaiiNevadaSan Francisco) • Japan (Janjira) • PhilippinesFrance (French Polynesia) • Jamaica
Geographic Points Pacific Ocean (Bikini AtollSkull Island)
Planets and Continents Earth (AmericaOceaniaAsia)
Miscellaneous Empire State BuildingWorld Trade CenterMadison Square GardenBrooklyn BridgeHonolulu International AirportGolden Gate BridgeYucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository
Printed Media
Countries United States (CaliforniaNew YorkTexasDistrict of Columbia) • Japan (Tokyo) • Brazil • (Sao Paulo) • South Korea (Seoul) • Russia (Moscow) • Mexico
Geographic Points Pacific Ocean (Monster IslandMonster IslandsInfant IslandMoansta Island)
Planets and Continents Earth (AmericaAsiaEurope)
Miscellaneous Golden Gate BridgeEiffel TowerHell
Real World
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ShodaiMeesmothLarva

10 months ago
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This page is a stub, plus some films not included such as Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.
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Artzilla

10 months ago
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one of the most overused location in the godzilla series
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KingOfTheZillas98

4 months ago
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I agree
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VaderRaptor

2 months ago
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Almost every Godzilla movie I’ve seen personally (that is number is only eight) has Tokyo is some way.