About the area:
Tokyo presents a complex urban landscape, laced with layer upon layer of railways and highways with a mighty conglomeration of buildings in between. Tokyo is actually dozens of cities within a city. At the core is the business center of Chiyoda Ward; to the east is the center of the former Edo-town people's culture, shitamachi, and to the west is the skyscraper city of Shinjuku, where the Tokyo government now resides.
Around all the major stations are mega department stores, shopping, and restaurant districts. What may be surprising about Tokyo is that it is by no means all concrete; there are parks and gardens everywhere. Within an hour of the city there are beaches and green surroundings. Slightly further are volcanic islands with white sandy shores, and deep mountains for trekking, fishing, and camping.