Centred around Japan’s bustling capital, Tokyo Prefecture is the beating heart of Japan. It encompasses the sprawling Kantō Plain, artsy commuter cities and several offshore islands that stretch from the Izu Peninsula into the Pacific Ocean.
Things to do in Tokyo Prefecture
From the neon-illuminated streets of Tokyo to the blissful beaches of the Izu Islands, Tokyo Prefecture is the perfect destination for first-time visitors to Japan.
Sightsee in Tokyo. Home to ancient temples juxtaposed against ultra-modern skyscrapers, Tokyo is one of the world’s most captivating cities. See the famous tuna auction at the Toyosu Fish Market, stroll through the tranquil gardens of the Imperial Palace and photograph the iconic Senso-ji temple before experiencing the pulsing nightlife and iconic crossing in Shibuya.
See the cherry blossoms of Inokashira Park. Kichijōji is a former artist’s colony that’s home to unique boutiques and a thriving live music scene, with the sprawling greenery of Inokashira Park at its heart. Coincide your visit with spring to see the cherry blossoms in bloom while boating on the Inokashira Pond, then discover the history of Japan’s most famous animation studios at Ghibli Museum.
Relax in the Izu Islands. Scattered off the Izu Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean, the Izu Islands are a volcanic archipelago renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor adventures. Go scuba diving, fishing and surfing in the turquoise waters surrounding the largest island, Izu Oshima, or swim with wild dolphins along the coast of Mikurajima.
Visit the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. From middle-class homes to retro bathhouses and Western-style buildings of the Meiji period, the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum showcases Japan’s architectural history. Admire the former house of architect Kunio Maekawa and learn about the park’s role in inspiring the animated film “Spirited Away”.
Getting around Tokyo Prefecture
Haneda Airport and Narita Airport are the main international gateways to Tokyo Prefecture, with domestic airports serving the Izu Islands. An extensive rail network connects cities throughout the region and destinations across Honshu Island. An efficient subway system serves Tokyo city while buses are the main means of getting around other urban areas.