Chiyoda () Ward is the center of Tokyo and in many ways the center of all Japan. A mere 12 km² houses the Imperial Palace, the Diet, the ministries of Kasumigaseki, the corporate headquarters of Marunouchi, the controversial Yasukuni Shrine...
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.
Akihabara (秋葉原) is Tokyo]'s "Electric Town", located on the eastern side of the central [[Tokyo/Chiyoda|Chiyoda ward. The area houses thousands of shops selling every technological gadget you can imagine, from computers to gaming consoles and vacuums to DVDs, at reasonable prices.
Shinbashi (also Romanized as Shimbashi) (新橋) is a district of central Tokyo which is a significant business center and commercial area, although not quite as busy as Shinjuku or Shibuya to the west.
Shiodome (汐留) is a district of the Minato ward of central Tokyo, Japan.
Akasaka (赤坂) is one of Tokyo's central business districts, full of corporate headquarters and expensive hotels. The area is directly adjacent to Nagatacho, one of Tokyo's prime concentrations of bureaucracy, and only a stone's throw from the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda.
Minato (港区) is a ward in central Tokyo. The name means "port", referring to its seaside location, although due to reclamation many areas in the district are quite far from the sea these days.
Roppongi (六本木) is an expensive section of Tokyo's Minato ward famous for its nightlife, much of which is geared towards foreigners. It is also a major daytime attraction, with two massive shopping and dining complexes, and various museums.
If you want to get a feel for old Tokyo, Ueno () in the Taito district is a good place to start. Entirely lacking in high-rise condos or whiz-bang shopping malls, by Tokyo standards it's distinctly downmarket, in contrast to places like Ginza, but that means that eating, shopping and drinking are all affordably priced.
For the young and fashionable teenager, spending time in Harajuku (原宿) on the weekends is practically a necessity. Even older folks will want to visit the area, though, to see Meiji Jingu shrine and Yoyogi Park.
Shinjuku (新宿) is a central ward of Tokyo, known as the metropolis' second center (副都心, fukutoshin). The area surrounding Shinjuku Station is a huge business, commercial, and entertainment center located atop the world's busiest railway station complex.
Asakusa () is a part of Tokyo's downtown Taito district best known for its many temples, particularly Sensōji.
Toshima (豊島) is a ward in northwest Tokyo, Japan. This guide incorporates Ikebukuro (池袋), a section of Toshima and one of the three major metropolitan sub-centers on the Yamanote Line, along with Shinjuku and Shibuya.
Shibuya (渋谷) is a shopping and eating district popular with a lot of young Tokyoites. It's within walking distance from two other large shopping districts - Omotesando and Harajuku - as well as being quite close to Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Jingu shrine.
Ebisu (恵比寿, archaically also Yebisu) is a district of Tokyo, Japan.
Odaiba (お台場) is a large artificial island in Tokyo, Japan, featuring many hypermodern and just plain strange buildings memorably described as the result of an acid-soaked pre-schooler's architecture class. Administratively a part of the Minato, Koto and Shinagawa districts, the area is now a very popular shopping and entertainment destination.
thumb|240px|The bulk of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, [[Tokyo/Shinjuku|Shinjuku]]
Sumida Ward (墨田区, sumida-ku) lies east of central Tokyo. It is home to a famous cherry blossom viewing area (along the Sumida River near Asakusa Station) in spring, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Hanabi Matsuri) in summer, and Tokyo's main sumo stadium (Ryogoku Kokugikan) where tournaments are held three times a year.
Gotanda (五反田) is part of Shinagawa and a Yamanote Line station between Osaki and Meguro. This quiet business district has transformed from a manufacturing district to a residential and business area with several corporate headquarters for international firms in Japan.
Nerima (練馬), Itabashi (板橋), and Kita (北) are a trio of suburban wards in north and northwestern Tokyo, bordering Saitama and outer Tokyo's Tama region. All three lie well beyond the central Yamanote line – nearby Ikebukuro is as close as it gets.
Meguro (目黒) is a largely residential district in southwest Tokyo, named after the Meguro River.
Nakano (中野) ward (often called Nakano city in English), adjacent to Shinjuku, is the near edge of the endless urban sprawl of western Tokyo.
Shinagawa (品川) is one of the 23 wards of central Tokyo, and is also a major railway station in south-central Tokyo. Historically, parts of this ward were known as Shimazuyama.
Haneda Airport (羽田空港 ), officially known as Tokyo International Airport, in Ota is the second busiest airport in all Asia despite a majority of flights being domestic. International flights include Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Seattle, Singapore and Toronto.
Eastern Tokyo covers the wards of Adachi (足立), Katsushika (葛飾), Edogawa (江戸川), Kōtō (江東) and Arakawa (荒川). Neighboring Sumida (墨田) is covered in its own article.
Ota (大田) Ward is a suburban area of Tokyo, located between Shinagawa and Kawasaki.
Kawasaki (川崎) is a city in Kanagawa, Japan, sandwiched between Tokyo and Yokohama.
Matsudo ( Matsudo-shi) is located east of Tokyo, in the northwestern part of Chiba prefecture. It has about 400,000 inhabitants.
Mitaka ( Mitaka-shi) is a city in western Tokyo. The main attraction for foreign visitors is the Ghibli Museum, while for Japanese the main attraction is Inokashira Park, in which the museum is located, particularly during cherry blossom (hanami) season.
Saitama (さいたま) is the capital of Saitama prefecture in the Kanto region of Japan. It came into existence after the merging of 4 former cities, including Urawa, the former capital, in 2001.
Chofu ( Chōfu-shi) is a western suburb of Tokyo, and the main draws are Jindaiji Temple and Jindai Botanical gardens. These twin attractions are next to each other, making a reasonable day trip from central Tokyo.
Located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay directly south of Tokyo, Yokohama (横浜) is the second largest city in Japan and one of the cities most used to seeing foreigners.
Kashiwa (柏) is a city in Chiba prefecture], [[Japan. It is locally known as "Little Shibuya" due to the shopping.
Futamatagawa is a city in Kanagawa prefecture, part of Yokohama city.
Kinugawa (鬼怒川) and Kawaji (川治) are twin hot spring towns in Tochigi Prefecture], [[Japan.
Machida ( Machida-shi) is a city in Tokyo, Japan. The city is located to the west of Tokyo's 23 downtown wards, bordering on Kanagawa.
Kawagoe (川越) is an old trading outpost of the ancient capital Edo. Located in Saitama prefecture, the city is now a small suburban city of around 33.
Chiba (千葉) is the largest city in Chiba prefecture, Japan. Practically speaking, it can be considered a large suburb of Tokyo.
Sagamihara (相模原) is a city in Kanagawa. And part of Sagamihara city in Hashimoto (east), Fujino(north), Saagami Ono(south).
Kamakura () is a small city in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, Japan.
Zushi () is a small city in Kanagawa, Japan about an hour by train south of Tokyo. It is often visited for its beach, marina, and summer events.
Enoshima (江ノ島) is both a small island and a small seaside town next to the island in Kanagawa prefecture Fujisawa city, to the south of Tokyo. It's a popular beach destination and, on a nice summer day, has a bit of a laid-back California surfer vibe.
Boso Peninsula (房総半島), and its main city Tateyama (館山) are at the very South of the Chiba prefecture, a great area to relax and enjoy the beach.
Narita () is a city in Chiba prefecture, Japan, some 70 kilometers to the northeast of Tokyo.
Tsuchiura () is a city located in the southern part of Ibaraki Prefecture. Tsuchiura faces Lake Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan.
Oyama (小山, ) is the second most populous city in southern Tochigi prefecture], [[Japan.
Narita International Airport () is the primary international airport serving Tokyo, Japan.
Okutama () is a mountainous region located along the Tama River, at the extreme western end of Tokyo.
Japan, known as Nihon or Nippon (日本) in Japanese, is an island nation in East Asia. Its insular character has allowed it to develop a very unique, intricate culture, while its closeness to other ancient Far Eastern cultures, in particular China, has left lasting influence.
Ashikaga (足利) is a city in Tochigi prefecture], [[Japan, near the prefecture's border with Gunma.
Odawara (小田原) is a city in Kanagawa, Japan. Located on the coast, Odawara is near Hakone, a major is a hot springs destination.
Onjuku (御宿) is a fishing town on the Pacific coast of Chiba prefecture], [[Japan and a popular spot with surfers and holiday beachgoers.
Otsuki ( Ōtsuki-shi) is a small city in Yamanashi. It is a mix of small town, light local industry (including a Tokyo hydroelectric plant) and expensive bedroom community.
Kiryū (桐生) is a city in Gunma prefecture in the Kanto region of Japan.
Hakone (箱根) is a mountainous area west of Tokyo in Japan. The Hakone checkpoint on the historical Tokaido road marks the beginning of the Kanto region.
The Fuji Five Lakes (富士五湖 Fuji-goko) are a group of five small lakes in Yamanashi prefecture, on the North side of Mount Fuji in Japan. From East to West, they are Lake Yamanaka (山中湖), Lake Kawaguchi (河口湖), Lake Sai (西湖), Lake Shoji (精進湖) and Lake Motosu (本栖湖).
Maebashi (前橋) is the capital city of Gunma] prefecture in [[Japan|Japan's Kanto region.
Mito ( Mito-shi) is the capital of Ibaraki prefecture, Kanto region, Japan.
Niijima (新島) is a fairly small island (24 km²) and one of the Izu Islands. It is administered as part of Tokyo, but it is about 160km south of the city.