Tokyo Prefecture – Small but Mighty
Tokyo Prefecture is the third smallest prefecture in Japan, consisting of 23 special wards, all of which are governed like cities.
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That being said, the unique political composition of Tokyo may require some clarification, because Tokyo is not your standard city, it is also a Japanese prefecture (
Today, Tokyo Prefecture is the third smallest prefecture in Japan, consisting of 23 special wards, all of which are governed like cities. Don’t let size fool you though because Tokyo is bursting with things to see and do, for both born-and-bred Tokyoites and first-time Japan-ers alike. To start our Japanese Prefecture Series, we’ll be highlighting some of the prime attractions, and of course, learning some relevant Japanese vocab along the way!
Many of Japan’s first time visitors embrace the jetlag by heading over to Tsukiji Fish Market (
A short subway-ride away is the Imperial Palace and Gardens which have been home to Japan’s Imperial Family since the capital was relocated from Kyoto to Tokyo back in 1868. There are already enough ways to spend money in Tokyo, so free admission to explore some greenery is always well-received. If, however, you are looking for something more fantastical, then only 3 km away is Akihabara (
You may be hard-pressed to find pre-1900’s architecture in Tokyo unless you head over to Asakusa (
Around the corner is Ueno Park which features a boat-worthy pond, Ueno Zoo, shrines, temples and of course a variety of museums, from the Tokyo National Museum to the National Science Museum. Ueno is also a great place to bask in the gold leaves of autumn (
Western Tokyo is home to perhaps the most famous ward of Tokyo – Shinjuku (
Shinjuku is an energetic entertainment district, it’s the place to feast your eyes, fill your belly and find your fun. It also houses one of Tokyo’s largest parks, Shinjuku Gyoen (
Offering a beautiful sunset across Tokyo Bay, as well as plenty of entertainment options for all ages is Odaiba (お
The south-east periphery offers American-style amusement in Tokyo Disney Resort and Disney Sea, whereas the west offers a calmer affair through hiking opportunities such as Mount Mitake, Mount Takao and Mount Odake.