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Tokyo (prefecture)
Map of Japan with highlight on 13 Tokyo prefecture.svg
Flag of Tokyo Prefecture.svg
Quick Facts
Capital Tokyo
Government Japanese Prefecture
Currency Japanese Yen (¥)
Area 2,187.66 km2
Population 13,185,502
Language Japanese, English(No official language)
Religion n/a
Electricity 100V/50 or 60Hz (U.S. plug, commonly 2-prong without ground)
Time Zone UTC +9(No DST)

Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to; [4]), covers the city of Tokyo, a bulk of the plain of Kanto and a chain of islands extending thousands of kilometers south.

Special wards

The 23 special wards that make up central Tokyo are covered in the main Tokyo article.


Tokyo prefecture

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.

  • Chofu - home to Jindaiji Temple and the Jindai Botanical Gardens
  • Fuchu (Tokyo) - Many shrines, temples, historical sites, ant relics. Okunitama shrine, Tama. river, Mt. Sengen, Tokyo horse race course, Suntory Brewery's Musashino plant, Wholesale market, Fuchu city museum park.
  • Hachioji - offering Mt. Takao, one of best little escapes from Tokyo
  • Inagi
  • Koganei - Koganei Park, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
  • Komae
  • Machida - a bustling youthful shopping town
  • Mitaka - home of famed animator Hayao Miyazaki's "Mitaka Ghibli Forest Museum"
  • Musashino - including Kichijoji, an arty suburb known for the cherry blossoms of Inokashira Park
  • Kokubunji
  • Okutama - a picturesque mountain town at the western end of the prefecture
  • Tachikawa
  • Kunitachi
  • Tama - the self-proclaimed "Home of Hello Kitty" and her theme park, Sanrio Puroland


Izu Islands,Ogasawara Islands

Tokyo prefecture also includes a large number of small islands, some over 1,000 km from the mainland.

Get in

Tama region

  • 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.


By plane

All Nippon Airways[5] offers daily flights from Haneda airport to Oshima (35min ¥13170), Miyakejima (45min ¥13170) and Hachijojima (50min ¥19870).
New Central AirService[6] operates three flights a day from Chofu airport to Oshima (35min ¥9500) , Kozushima (45min ¥15870), four flights a day to Niijima (40min ¥13700). To get Chofu airport, ride Keio line Local Service at Shinjuku and exit the train at Nishi-Chofu.

By Boat

  • Tokai Kisen, [1].
Tokyo - Yokohama - Oshima - Toshima - Niijima - Shikinejima - Kozushima
Tokyo - Yokohama - Miyakejima - Mikurashima - Hachijojima
Atami - Oshima - Toshima - Niijima - Shikinejima - Kozushima
  • Ogasawara Kaiun, [2].
Tokyo - Chichijima(Ogasawara islands)

Get around




The Michelin Guide gave more stars to Tokyo dining establishments than any other city in Japan.



  • Hotel Sunroute Higashi-Shinjuku, 7-27-9 Shinkuku, Shinjuku-Ku, 03-5292-3610, [3]. Department stores and fashion buildings surround this Shinjuku station hotel. The hotel features spacious accommodations, two restaurants, hotel discounts and is in a popular cultural area of Tokyo.

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