The capital of Japan really has it all, so you don’t have to leave Greater Tokyo to get a glimpse of the country's most iconic scenes. Forget Kyoto – you can find red torii gate tunnels and bamboo forests right here in the metropolis. Even beautiful Western-style architecture is just a short train ride away in the neighbouring city of Yokohama, and a carefully preserved canal city from the Edo period (1603-1868) awaits in nearby Chiba prefecture. Best of all, all the places on this list are far away from Tokyo’s busiest (read: touristy) hotspots, so look forward to some recreational time with lots of space to yourself.
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