Do you know you can feel REAL nature in Tokyo? You may imagine that Tokyo is the mega city with lots of building, people, shops etc. but there are some places you can enjoy nature and beautiful landscapes. If you are a bit tired of the hustle and bustle from the city, how about taking a little getaway trip to appreciate nature in Tokyo?
In this article, we are sharing our picks of the best nature spots in Tokyo!
1, Todoroki valley
Todoroki Valley is located in Setagaya ward at the southern part of Tokyo, and it’s the only valley in central Tokyo. It only takes about 20 mins from Shibuya by train, making it one of the most accessible nature spots in Tokyo. As you walk through on a walking trail along the river for about 1km, you can see full of nature such as river, tree, grass, etc. There is also a Japanese garden.
There is a small cafe where you can take a rest and have something to eat/drink.
3min by walk from Todoroki station(Tokyu-Ooimachi line). From Shibuya, takes Tokyu-toyoko line, then transfer to Tokyu-Ooimachi line at Jiyugaoka station. Total about 30min by train.
2, Mt. Takao
Mt. Takao is a well known nature spot in Tokyo as the mountain where people can climb easily. The altitude is 599m, and there are 6 main hiking trails available to climb to the summit. If you don’t want to get tired or don’t have enough time to complete the full trail, you can take a cable car to reach to the summit, too. While climbing, you can see lots of nature and the temple called “Yakuoin”.
The view from the observatory is amazing.
Here is more details of Mt. Takao: “Mt. Takao”, Michelin Three Star and The closest mountain from central Tokyo.
Start point is in front of Takaosanguchi station. From Shinjuku station, takes 50-60min by Keio Line or JR Chuo Line.
3, Meiji shrine
Meiji shrine is sacred and the most visited Shinto shrine in Tokyo. It is dedicated to the emperor Meiji and empress Shoken. The emperor Meiji played an important role to modernize the country during the transition period. When you walk through the forested grounds with 170,000 trees donated from all over Japan, you can feel nature and the Japanese spirit.
There are some Torii-gate which is entrance to realm of gods. You can see good view of Torii-gate with trees.
2-3 min by walk from Harajuku station to the entrance.
4, Akikawa Valley
Akigawa Valley is located in Akiruno City, the western part of Tokyo, and takes about 60 min by rapid train from Central Tokyo. The valley is surrounded by mountains, river and forests, and visitors can enjoy the natural environment through four seasons. The autumn leaves season is especially recommended. You can have a rest with fresh air and the stream of clear water from the river.
You can enjoy lots of activities here with nature.
60min by train from central of Tokyo. Better to take Chuo Line from Shinjuku station and then transfer to Oume Line at Tachikawa station. Then, Transfer to Itsukaichi Line at Haijima station.
5, Okutama area
Okutama is the farthest nature spot you can access by train from Central Tokyo. It is one of unexplored spots in Japan. Okutama is surrounded by beautiful and magnificent nature. There is Lake Okutama which was created with the construction of the Dam. The view of the Dam is really awesome.
You enjoy each four seasons with nature.
90min by train from central of Tokyo. Better to take Chuo Line from Shinjuku station and then transfer to Oume Line at Tachikawa station. Then, Transfer at Oume to Okutama direction.
These are our recommended nature spots in Tokyo.
The urban area Tokyo is really cool and modern, so you will be surprised and enjoy the differences between the central part and nature spots in Tokyo!
Even in Central Tokyo, there are some spots where you can feel nature such as Meiji Shrine, Tokyo Imperial Palace, etc. We’d recommend you this “Tokyo Private Tour” to customize your trip to enjoy both modern cityscape and nature in Tokyo in one day!
▶ Tokyo Private Tour
If you would like to get more info about guided tours in Tokyo, please visit our website.
We hope you have a good time in Tokyo.
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