10 Best Outdoor Activities in the Tokyo Area

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Bryce was born in California, but raised from the age of 3 near Seattle, Washington. He’s been living in Tokyo for about 7 years, and graduated from Temple University, Japan with degrees in economics and international business. He loves traveling of course, but also cooking, snowboarding, some video games as well. His biggest interest is songwriting/music production, more specifically electronic music… (think Skrillex, Marshmello, Daft Punk, etc.) He also has terrible humor as you’ll notice, but he hopes you’ll enjoy it!

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Welcome to the vibrant world of outdoor adventures around Tokyo! Wait, isn’t Tokyo one of the most… “city” cities in the world? Well, In this bustling metropolis, you’ll find there’s actually plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun, regardless of how “concrete”, and not “jungle” it is. It’s also fair to mention that navigating through the downtown areas can make it seem like a more massive area than it is, so things to do away from the center are not even that crazy far (like beaches) Tokyo and its surroundings offer a plethora of outdoor activities that cater to various interests. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, nature enthusiast, or someone seeking tranquility, there’s something for everyone. Let’s dive into the best outdoor activities that will make your time in Tokyo truly unforgettable.

1. E-bike Cycling

Kickstart your Tokyo outdoor adventure with an E-bike tour. Glide through the city streets effortlessly and explore hidden gems that are often missed on foot. The electric assist makes cycling accessible for everyone, allowing you to cover more ground without breaking a sweat! Compass Bikes are a great choice of E-Bike and are easily accessible for anyone. These powerful bikes are rentable by the hour or even months at a time. there are even tours available in case you want to cruise through some iconic spots in Tokyo! Check the links below to find out more about this new line of E-Bikes:

E-Bike Rental

E-Bike Tour

2. Hiking

Escape the city hustle by embarking on scenic hikes in the Tokyo area. Discover lush green trails and picturesque landscapes that surround the city. Mount Takao, just an hour away, offers various hiking courses suitable for different skill levels, among other locations that are certainly within a day trip time frame. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a beginner, Tokyo’s trails promise breathtaking views and a refreshing connection with nature. Plus, from those vantage points, you can really see the size of Tokyo!

3. Camping

Experience the tranquility of Tokyo’s nature by camping in its serene surroundings. Imagine waking up to the sounds of chirping birds and the rustling leaves. Several campgrounds, such as Okutama and Izu Peninsula (which is a bit of a trip, but very nice), offer a perfect retreat from urban life. Set up your tent, gather around a bonfire, and create lasting memories under the starlit Tokyo sky. If you’re into beach camping, check out the Miura peninsula, there’s a few spots that allow it as well as fires (which are often prohibited). And if you’re really adventurous, try the Izu islands, a string of islands of the Izu peninsula that are technically in the city of Tokyo!

4. Beaches

Tokyo itself might not be famous for its beaches, but it boasts some incredible spots ranging from 1-2 hours away. Discover Chiba‘s beautiful beaches, like Onjuku and Kujukuri, perfect for a day of sun, sea, and sand. An even closer option is the Kamakura/Shonan area in the opposite direction; you’ll find a range of vibes here, from calm and relaxing to lively and party-ready. Engage in water sports, relax on the shore, and savor the coastal charm just a short trip from the bustling city life.

5. Fishing

For a unique Tokyo experience, try your hand at fishing in the city’s rivers or coastal areas. Many fishing spots provide rental equipment, making it accessible for beginners. Engage in this serene activity, surrounded by nature, and perhaps catch your dinner for a truly authentic Tokyo culinary experience. You may not think a city is a great place to fish, but you would be surprised! 

6. Caving

Uncover Tokyo’s underground wonders by exploring its caves. And, we don’t mean the bars and clubs that have floors below ground level (but those are cool too!). No, we mean actual caves- while they don’t really lie within the main part of the city, you can travel a little while to discover a few! One great example is Okutama, known for its Nippara limestone cave. Hey wait… do caves really count as outdoors? 

7. Kayaking/Canoeing

Navigate Tokyo’s waterways in a kayak or canoe for a unique perspective of the city. Paddle along the Sumida River, passing iconic landmarks like Tokyo Skytree. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, this activity provides a serene escape within the bustling metropolis, showcasing Tokyo’s blend of modernity and nature.

8. Stargazing

Escape the city lights for a night of stargazing in Tokyo’s outskirts. Head places like Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, the Izu islands, Saitama, or perhaps Chiba for a celestial spectacle. Away from urban light pollution, these locations offer a clear view of the night sky. Though, even some spots in the more metropolitan area aren’t so bad! Marvel at constellations, shooting stars, and the beauty of the cosmos in this awe-inspiring outdoor activity.

9. Running/Jogging

Embrace a healthy lifestyle while exploring Tokyo’s vibrant neighborhoods through running or jogging. Join local running groups or hit the scenic paths along the various rivers that run throughout Tokyo. As you jog through parks and streets, you’ll witness the city awakening or winding down, depending on the time of day. It’s a refreshing way to stay active and soak in Tokyo’s dynamic atmosphere.

10. Walk in a Park

yoyogi park

Sometimes, simplicity is key. Take a leisurely stroll through Tokyo’s beautiful parks, such as Ueno Park or Hamarikyu Gardens, or perhaps a smaller local one near where you stay. Admire cherry blossoms in spring or vibrant foliage in autumn. These parks offer a peaceful retreat within the city, allowing you to connect with nature without straying too far from Tokyo’s urban heartbeat.

In the heart of Tokyo, adventure awaits at every turn. These outdoor activities provide a unique perspective of the city, allowing you to escape the urban hustle and immerse yourself in nature’s beauty. Whether you’re cycling through city streets or stargazing in the quiet outskirts, Tokyo offers a diverse range of experiences for every outdoor enthusiast. So, gear up, step outside, and let Tokyo surprise you with its natural wonders. Embark on these adventures to make the most of your time in Tokyo. Each activity adds a layer to your travel experience, ensuring memories that will last a lifetime. Discover the hidden gems, embrace the tranquility, and relish the excitement.

Japan Wonder Travel Tours in Tokyo

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From private walking tours to delicious Food and Drink tours, we can help organize the best tours just for you! If you want to explore Japan and learn more about the history and backstories of each area you are traveling in, our knowledgeable and friendly guides will happily take you to the best spots! 
In addition, we can provide you with any assistance you may need for your upcoming trip to Japan, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need some help! 

Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market Food and Drink Tour
Explore the most lively and popular fish market in Tokyo, where you will have the chance to try some of the local’s favorite street foods and sake along with your friendly English-speaking guide! 

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Tokyo 1–Day Highlights Private Walking Tour (8 Hours)
There’s no better way to explore an area than taking a tour with a knowledgeable local guide. You will have the chance to learn about the history and interesting background stories of Tokyo, as well as discover some hidden gems which can be hard to do without a guide.

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Shinjuku Bar Hopping Tour: Experience Tokyo’s Nightlife in Izakaya
Check out the best spots in Shinjuku while bar hopping through the lively and vibrant area. Try some delicious local food and drink as you explore the narrow yet photogenic alleys that the town has to offer. Experience Japanese izakaya culture and drink in Shinjuku like the locals!


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