Grab valuable sightseeing info on the Greater Tokyo area at the Tourist Information Center in Haneda Airport!
Haneda Airport, also known as Tokyo International Airport, is connected to 35 airports in 32 cities across 19 countries. Direct international flights are increasing all the time. When you arrive at Haneda Airport, grab valuable tourism info at the 2nd floor Tourist Information Center’s “6 Prefectures & Cities Sightseeing Brochure Corner”!
Visitors can stop by the Tourist Information Center and freely grab the latest brochures on six prefectures and cities of the Greater Tokyo Area (Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City, Kawasaki City, Chiba Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, and Saitama City). There are brochures on Chiba Prefecture’s food producing regions available in English, Chinese, and Thai; guidebooks on the traditional industries of Saitama City available in English and Spanish; and English brochures introducing popular cuisine in Yokohama. Japan offers countless new discoveries for first time visitors, but also repeat travelers. The unique information collected in these publications will expand your options in deciding where to go in Japan. Don’t forget to pick them up!
The Tourist Information Center is open from 5:30 am to 1:00 am. The brochures are freely available to visitors who arrive on overnight and early morning flights. The adjacent ticket center provides services including public transportation information, issuance of transportation tickets, and hotel reservations.
See what activities are available to enjoy.
A plan recommended for active people who want to enjoy nature
(1) Hiking on Mt. Nokogiri offers stunning views (Chiba Prefecture)
The greater Tokyo area offer many easily accessible places where you can experience the richness of nature. One of the most highly recommended destinations is Mt. Nokogiri, or Nokogiriyama in Japanese (329 m/1,079 ft). A four-minute ropeway ride takes you to close to the summit. As part of Nihon-ji Buddhist temple (founded in 725), Mt. Nokogiri allows you to appreciate one of the largest Buddha statues in Japan (31 m/approx. 101 ft) while hiking. The Jigoku Nozoki (View of Hell) observatory offers the breathtaking thrill of looking directly down a sheer cliff face. On a clear day, you can also see Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Skytree from the mountain.
Getting There; Take JR Sobu Line (Rapid Train Service) from Tokyo to Chiba, change to JR Uchibo Line, and get off at Hamakanaya. (Travel time: Approx. 130 minutes)
(2) Rural cycling adventures just outside the city (Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture)
Minuma Tanbo (Minuma Rice Paddies) is an agricultural district located in Saitama City, the capital of Saitama Prefecture. Covering a vast area of 1,260 hectares (approx. 3,113 acres), visitors can enjoy a stunning view of green rice paddies from spring to summer, later turning gold in the autumn. The idyllic country view is in curious contrast with the skyscrapers behind it, creating an impressive landscape. While it is enjoyable to stroll around this countryside habitat of rare species of butterflies and birds, renting a bicycle and traveling along the local roads is a great option. A cycling trip here offers views of cherry blossoms from late March to early April, as well as cosmos and spider lilies in September.
Getting There; Take JR Keihin Tohoku Line from Tokyo to Omiya (travel time: Approx. 45 minutes) and walk for 20 minutes.
Plans to fully enjoy seasonal foods
(3)Delicious tuna – indulge in a local specialty (Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Misaki Port in Kanagawa Prefecture is famous for its tuna catch. At restaurants throughout the port district, it’s easy to satisfy your cravings with delicious “Misaki Maguro” and other tasty seafood dishes. Visitors are recommended to get to Misaki Port early to take in the tuna auction held at the local fish market (8:00-9:30 am). On Sundays, you can go on an early morning market shopping spree from 5:00~9:00 am
Getting There; Take JR Yamanote Line from Tokyo to Shinagawa, change to Keikyu Line Limited Express (Kaitoku), and get off at Misakiguchi (travel time: approx. 85 minute). Take a bus to Misakiko (Misaki Port) (travel time: approx. 15 minutes).
(4)Enjoy as many large strawberries as you can eat (Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture)
The Chichibu region in western Saitama Prefecture is surrounded by mountains, resulting in a wide temperature range. This climate is perfect for growing large strawberries, which can be picked for almost six months from January to the middle of June. This area also has many fruit-picking orchards for tourists, including one that allows you to enjoy five different breeds of strawberry. Ashigakubo Kaju Koen Village features three strawberry-picking farms and lets visitors pick plums from early July to early August, followed by grapes from mid-August to mid-October.
Getting There; Take JR Yamanote Line from Tokyo to Ikebukuro, change to Seibu Ikebukuro Line, and get off at Ashigakubo (travel time: approx. 150 minutes).Walk 3 minutes to the Yokoze-machi Buko-san Tourist Information Center to check fruit-picking conditions for that day.
Plans recommended for people interested in the history or culture of Japan
(5)19th century Western-style architecture with Japanese motifs (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Yokohama Port opened in 1859 as an international trading port after Japan had been isolated from other countries since the mid-17th century. This port served as a base for importing new culture from Western countries. In the surrounding area, buildings that used Western architectural technologies were constructed one after another. Some of these buildings remain as a reminder of the days when the port was opened. They include the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, which was built as a bonded warehouse, and the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall featuring a clock tower (36 m/approx. 118 ft). Some of these Western-style buildings adopted local design elements, such as stained glass with Japanese motifs, making them highly attractive sites for people interested in architecture.
In Yokohama’s Minato Mirai waterfront district where you can also visit Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse shopping complex, visitors can find the latest fashion and food trend, or board a night cruise to take in Yokohama’s beautiful skyline. Stroll through this historical port area to feel the great appeal of Yokohama.
Getting There; Take JR Tokaido Line from Tokyo to Yokohama, change to Minatomirai Line, and get off at Nihon-odori (travel time: approx. 40 minutes). Walk for approx. 10 minutes.
(6)Enjoy historical architecture in a vast Japanese garden (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Yokohama’s Sankeien Garden was designed and landscaped by silk trader Sankei Hara, opening to the public in 1906. The vast 175,000m² (43.2-acre) grounds feature ten culturally significant buildings brought from Kyoto and Kamakura, among the garden’s 17 Japanese structures artfully distributed throughout. From exquisitely designed buildings, to elegantly simple tea rooms, to multi-level pagodas, comparing the different time periods and aesthetics of the architecture at Sankeien is endlessly fascinating.
Stroll through historical gardens where buildings co-exist in perfect harmony with nature of the changing seasons.
Getting there;Take JR Tokaido Line from Tokyo to Yokohama (travel time: approx. 30 minutes), change to a bus to Sankeien Iriguchi (travel time: approx. 35 minutes), and walk for 5 minutes.
(7)An open-air museum exhibiting approx. 200-year-old folk houses (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
What were the daily lives of ordinary Japanese people like 200 years ago? Find the answer at Nihon Minkaen (Japan Open-air Folk House Museum), which is run by the city government of Kawasaki. This museum exhibits 25 buildings, including a large farmhouse with a thatched roof, a water wheel that was used to polish rice, and a playhouse that was a source of entertainment for villagers. These buildings impart what Japanese old folk houses are like and how people once lived.
Getting There; From Tokyo station take the JR Chuo Line bound for Shinjuku. Transfer at Shinjuku station to the Odakyu line and get off at Mukogaoka-yuen station (total journey time approx. 50 minutes). A 13-minute walk from the station.
(8)Enjoy the world of manga with your family (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Are you a manga fan or traveling with your family? If so, we recommend this museum, where you can experience the world of Fujiko F. Fujio, the author of “Doraemon”, a manga popular among people all over the world. Enjoy movies and exhibitions that are not available anywhere else, with audio guides available in English, Chinese, and Korean. The museum also has an outdoor space where you can take photos with manga characters. Adults may even experience a second childhood.
*You need to buy a ticket in advance to enter this museum. See the details at the following website.
Getting There; From Tokyo station ｔake JR Chuo Line bound for Shinjuku. Transfer at Shinjuku station to the Odakyu line and get off at Noborito station.From Noborito station take the direct access bus. (total journey: approx. 60 minutes).
(9)Appreciate the traditional Japanese culture of bonsai, and post photos on social media (Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture)
Omiya Bonsai Village in Saitama City, where the World Bonsai Convention was held, is a must-see location for bonsai lovers. It has been famous since the 1920s as a place that attracts bonsai craftspeople. At the entrance hall of the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum located within the village, enjoy the beauty of seasonal bonsai. Don’t forget to take photos and share with your friends and family (photography is restricted in some areas).
Getting There; Take JR Ueno Tokyo Line (Utsunomiya Line) from Tokyo and get off at Toro (travel time: Approx. 50 minutes), and walk for 5 minutes.
Explore the beauty of seasonal landscapes
(10)Enjoy beautiful illuminations (Chiba Prefecture)
Colorful illuminations lighting up the night sky are a typical winter sight in Japan. The Winter Illumination (sunset to 8:00 pm, November 1 2017 to April 8 2018) at Country Farm Tokyo German Village – a designated Japan Night View Heritage Site – is not only popular for its gleaming beauty but also innovative lighting creations, including three-dimensional displays combined with trompe l’oeil. Be dazzled by the magical atmosphere created by three million light bulbs.
Getting There; Take JR Sobu Line (Rapid Train Service) from Tokyo to Chiba, change to JR Uchibo Line, get off at Sodegaura (travel time: approx. 70 minutes), and take a bus (travel time: approx. 35 minutes).
(11)Encounter a 125-meter wide (approx. 410 ft.) ice object (Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture)
Ashigakubo no Hyochu (ice pillars of Ashigakubo) is a 125-meter wide (approx. 410 ft.) ice object that spreads across a mountain slope, open to visitors from January 6 to February 25, 2018. It is a natural work of art which creates the spectacular appearance of an entire mountain that has frozen over. Visitors are welcomed by the hospitality of the local people and a cup of hot amazake (traditional Japanese sweet drink made from rice) or tea. The ice pillars are illuminated from Friday to Sunday throughout the event.
Getting There; Take JR Yamanote Line from Tokyo to Ikebukuro, change to Seibu Ikebukuro Line, and get off at Ashigakubo (travel time: approx. 150 minutes). Walk for approx. 10 minutes.
(12)Enjoy viewing cherry blossoms as early as mid-February (Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Cherry blossoms are normally enjoyed in Japan from late March to early April . However, even those who arrive in Japan in February can still appreciate the flowers. One of the famous breeds of cherry blossom that blooms earlier is Kawazu-zakura, which features dark pink blossoms. Enjoy viewing Kawazu-zakura near Miura Beach from mid-February to early March every year. At this time, the Miura Beach cherry blossom festival is held in the area around Miura Kaigan Station. Sample cherry blossom-themed traditional sweets and tuna dishes, a local specialty.
Getting There; Take JR Yamanote Line from Tokyo to Shinagawa, change to Keikyu Line Limited Express (Kaitoku), and get off at Misakiguchi (travel time: approx. 85 minutes).
The six prefectures and cities of Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City, Kawasaki City, Chiba Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, and Saitama City offer endless appeal, from natural beauty, to local cuisine, and Japanese culture. Select your favorite activity and set out on an unforgettable journey!