Municipalities of Japan

A collection of links for information on tourism, municipalities, and disaster-affected areas in both Tokyo and the rest of Japan.

Tourism in Tokyo & Japan

Japan Online Media Center

“Travel Japan – The Official Japan Guide” operated by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), is an official website for Japan visitors providing tourist information that covers everything from essential first-timer information to extensive destination introductions.

Municipalities within Tokyo

Adachi City

Adachi city is situated in the most northeast area in 23 wards of Tokyo and has 690,000 population.
In Senju area, where there are six railway lines, you can feel great energy of the friendly, lively town, the history as a once flourished primary Shukuba-Machi (post-town) in Nikko Dochu (Nikko-Kaido road) and new development as the modern town existing together in harmony. Moreover, Arakawa riverbed is an especially famous spot for running and cycling in Tokyo.

Chiyoda City

Chuo City

Chuo City, which has the Athletes’ Village centered at Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, is overall willing to welcome not only the athletes and the match officials but also foreign visitors from across the world through the ORIZURU WAVE Project and so on.
Please visit Chuo City.

Katsushika City

Located in the east of the Tokyo Metropolitan area, Katsushika is surrounded by water and greenery, and brims with the down-to-earth human warmth of Tokyo’s old town. As a place where neighbors are well acquainted and think it only natural to help one another out, Katsushika is still imbued with a sense of Japan’s good old days and has provided the setting for many manga, anime, and movies.

Minato City

Shinjuku City

Shinjuku City is a city with an inclusive ethos, welcoming different kinds of people with spheres of activities for them. Also, the City is full of fascination in a variety of aspects, including the Shinjuku Station area, one of the largest shopping and entertainment districts in Japan; gardens and parks full of natural greenery, such as the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and the Otomeyama Park; the sophisticated Kagurazaka area that still maintains the taste of the Edo period; and more. We are working to create the new Shinjuku, a city that is developing sustainably by enhancing the vigor of the city and bringing together the power of the people who are living, working, learning, or relaxing in the City. The core force of this creation remains the original strengths of Shinjuku, such as the progressiveness and creativity that have been producing new values, while we also cherish Shinjuku’s history, tradition, and beauty in its waterfronts and greenery.

Chofu City

Fuchu City

Fuchu City is located in the western part of Tokyo. As the oldest urban settlement in Tokyo region, Fuchu is known for its many remaining historical areas such as Okunitama Shrine. There are also the row of zelkova trees which is the symbol for our city. We invite you to visit Fuchu City, where you can feel a lot of greenery and learn about the history.

Machida City

Machida City with a population of 430,000 is located on the southernmost part of Tokyo and is a 30-minute train ride to the city centre. This is a city where many people and cultures come together. Machida is a diverse, multi-faceted city with its rich nature, history, art, sports, food, subculture and more.

Japanese Prefectures

Aomori Prefecture

Aomori Prefecture is located in the northernmost part of Japan’s main island, and surrounded by the sea on three sides, blessed with seasonal beautiful nature and rich climate.
There are many tourist attractions such as the cherry blossoms at Hirosaki Castle, Aomori Nebuta Festival, in addition are such as apples (Top producer in Japan) , garlic, yam, scallops, scallops and tuna, and many agriculultural fishery products.

Iwate Prefecture

The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo is a great opportunity for us to express our sincere gratitude to the world for the outpouring of support received following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Based on suggestions from our citizens, in addition to showcasing our progress of reconstruction, we will actively promote the various appeals of Iwate Prefecture, including but not limited to, our proud cultural and historical properties in Hiraizumi and other sites, traditional folk performing arts, marvelous food culture and sightseeing locations, and unique local specialties. By doing so, we hope to further deepen our relations and bonds with as many people across the world.

Akita Prefecture

Akita Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of northern Honshu, south west of Aomori Prefecture. Akita Prefecture, on the Sea of Japan, also borders Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures.
Akita has the most number of registered intangible folk cultural assets designated by the country in Japan, including Namahage in Oga-city and Kanto festival in Akita-city. Nyuto hot springs and Akita cuisine Kiritampo are also unique to Akita.

Yamagata Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture is adjacent to Tokyo Metropolitan Area within easy access of foreign countries and a large number of athlete delegations will carry out their pre-games training camps in the Prefecture.
In addition, the soccer-specific stadium “Ibaraki Kashima Stadium” in Kashima, Ibaraki will be used as the football venue for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The stadium can be easily accessed directly by the express bus from Tokyo Station.

Fukui Prefecture

Fukui Prefecture faces the Sea of Japan and is located near the center of Japan’s main island of Honshu. Fukui is blessed with clean air and water, is surrounded by lush greenery, and boasts gastronomic wonders found in both the mountains and the sea.
Fukui Prefecture’s main indust ries include textiles, with a focus in woven fabric, as well as machinery and eyeglass production. In recent years, Fukui has also taken the initiative in developing aerospace technologies for artificial satellites as well as creating business models based on satellite data. In this age of rapidly advancing technological revolutions, Fukui is promoting the use of cutting edge technologies in existing industries.

Yamanashi Prefecture

As of March 2020, 13 municipalities in Yamanashi Prefecture are registered as Host Towns for five countries (France, Germany, Kirghizstan, Thailand and Palestine). 10 municipalities will also host the pre-Games training camps of 13 national teams. Conveniently close to Tokyo and blessed with a rich nature, Yamanashi is awaiting for you.

Nagano Prefecture

Nagano, the venue of 1998 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, is an accessible snow resort in Japan. It’s located in the central part of Japan, 200 kilometers away from Tokyo. Surrounded by the altitude of 3,000-meter Japan Alps, the land is covered with magnificent nature. Nagano fascinates visitors by its fulfilling seasonal activities such as “shinrin-yoku” (a forest therapy), hot spring, starry night, fruit picking and snow monkey. Why not going out on a journey to change your life?

Nara Prefecture

Ancient Nara, with history of more than 1,300 years, is where you can feel and witness “the birthplace of Japan.”There are three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the “Buddhist Monuments in the Horyuji Area” inscribed first in Japan; the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” including renowned Todaiji temple and Yakushiji temple; and the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” that covers Nara, Wakayama, and Mie prefectures. In Nara, many national treasures and important cultural assets, as well as traditional rituals are passed down from ancient times to this day.
Discover various charms that Nara offers such as original Japanese landscapes surrounded by abundant nature, historical sites full of ancient atmosphere, and beautiful townscapes in which old and new are harmonized.

Wakayama Prefecture

~The Spiritual Heart of Japan~
Wakayama faces the Pacific Ocean and occupies a large slice of the Kii peninsula. The prefecture is part of the Kansai region, which includes Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. The prefectural capital is Wakayama City and is just one hour from Osaka by train, and 45 minutes from Kansai International Airport (KIX). Inland Wakayama is dominated by the Kii mountains, home to World Heritage ancient pilgrimage routes, sacred shrines, and mountaintop temples. Along the 600-kilometre coastline, there are world-class beaches, hot spring resorts, and fantastic ocean views.

Kagawa Prefecture

Kagawa Prefecture is located in the Seto Inland Sea (the sea separating Honshu from Shikoku and Kyushu) and located in the northeastern part of Shikoku.
The Sea is dotted with a number of islands, the scenery is very beautiful.
The climate is a warm and low rainfall throughout the year, the climate is mild.

Kochi Prefecture

Miyazaki Prefecture

The official website for information about everything in Miyazaki Prefecture, including sightseeing spots, sports camps, and recommended food and places to eat, as well as “The 35th National Cultural Festival—Miyazaki 2020” and “The 20th Miyazaki National Arts and Culture Festival for Persons with Disabilities.” Please have a look at the website and be sure to visit“Hinata Miyazaki in Japan”!

Kagoshima Prefecture

Beautiful, natural landscape and a huge array of hot springs formed by the volcanic mountain. Unique history and culture, and abundant foodstuff. Mild climate, kind and warm hearts.
―Kagoshima is the southern gateway to Japan.

Disaster Area Reconstruction

Disaster Areas by Prefecture