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:
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.
- 2 Chofu — home to Jindaiji Temple and the Jindai Botanical Gardens
- 3 Fuchu — 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.
- 4 Hachioji — offering Mt. Takao, one of best little escapes from Tokyo
- 5 Inagi
- 6 Kodaira
- 7 Koganei — Koganei Park, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
- 8 Komae
- 9 Kunitachi
- 10 Machida — a bustling youthful shopping town
- 11 Mitaka — home of famed animator Hayao Miyazaki's "Mitaka Ghibli Forest Museum"
- 12 Musashino — including Kichijoji, an arty suburb known for the cherry blossoms of Inokashira Park
- 13 Nishitokyo
- 14 Kokubunji
- 15 Tachikawa
- 16 Tama — the self-proclaimed "Home of Hello Kitty" and her theme park, Sanrio Puroland
Tokyo prefecture also includes a large number of small islands, some over 1,000 km from the mainland.
- 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.
- All Nippon Airways (ANA). Daily flights from Haneda Airport to Oshima (35 min ¥13,170), Miyakejima (45 min ¥13,170) and Hachijojima (50 min ¥19,870).
- New Central AirService. Three 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.
- Tokyo - Yokohama - Oshima - Toshima - Niijima - Shikinejima - Kozushima
- Tokyo - Yokohama - Miyakejima - Mikurashima - Hachijojima
- Atami - Oshima - Toshima - Niijima - Shikinejima - Kozushima
The Michelin Guide gave more stars to Tokyo dining establishments than any other city in Japan.