This article is about the prefecture of Japan. For the 23 special wards that foreigners (and many Japanese) think of as the "city of Tokyo", see Tokyo.Tokyo Metropolis ( Tōkyō-to) covers the city of Tokyo, a bulk of the plain of Kanto and a chain of islands extending thousands of kilometers south.
Equal in status to the other 46 prefectures, the whole of Tokyo Metropolis is designated the capital of Japan. However, when people think of "Tokyo", they're generally thinking of:
- — 23 special wards that form the core of the sprawling metropolitan area.
The following are all suburban cities outside the city core, which are collectively known as the Tama Region (多摩地方 Tama-chihō) in Japanese.
- — home to Jindaiji Temple and the Jindai Botanical Gardens
- — Many shrines, temples, historical sites, and relics. Ōkunitama shrine, Tama. river, Mt. Sengen, Tokyo horse race course, Suntory Brewery's Musashino plant, Wholesale market, Fuchu city museum park.
- — offering Mt. Takao, one of best little escapes from Tokyo
- — Koganei Park, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
- — a bustling youthful shopping town
- — home of famed animator Hayao Miyazaki's "Mitaka Ghibli Forest Museum"
- — including Kichijoji, an arty suburb known for the cherry blossoms of Inokashira Park
- — the self-proclaimed "Home of Hello Kitty" and her theme park, Sanrio Puroland
- — a picturesque mountain town at the western end of the prefecture
Tokyo prefecture also includes a large number of small islands, some over 1,000 km from the mainland.
- Izu Islands — a quick getaway from Tokyo, featuring volcanic hot springs and wild dolphins
- Ogasawara Islands — if you really want to get away from it all (and have time to spare)
- JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku or Tokyo to most places in the Tama region including: Kichijoji, Kokubunji, Tachikawa, Hachioji, and Okutama.
- Private Keio line to Southern Tama region to: Chofu, Fuchu, Tama zoo park, Hachioji, and Mt.Takao.
New Central AirServiceThree flights a day from Chofu Airport to Oshima (35 min ¥9500) , Kozushima (45 min ¥15,870), four flights a day to Niijima (40 min ¥13,700). To get Chofu Airport, take the Keio line Local Service from Shinjuku to Nishi-Chofu.
The Michelin Guide gave more stars to Tokyo dining establishments than any other city in Japan.