Recommended Nature Spots in Tokyo

Do you know there are many places where you can appreciate the nature in Tokyo? You may imagine that Tokyo is the big city with lots of buildings, people, shops etc. but there are some places you can still enjoy nature and beautiful landscapes. If you feel a little bit tired from the hustle and bustle of the city, how about taking a little getaway trip to appreciate nature in Tokyo?

In this article, we will introduce you the 7 best nature spots in Tokyo!

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Todoroki Valley

Todoroki Valley is located in Setagaya ward, the southern part of Tokyo, and it’s the only valley in central Tokyo. It only takes about 20 mins from Shibuya by train and it is one of the most accessible nature spots in Tokyo. As you walk through on a walking trail along the river for about 1 km, you will find yourself in full of nature.There is also a Japanese garden to see and also there is a small cafe where you can take a rest and have something to eat or drink.

Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao is a popular nature spot close to Tokyo where people can have a fun climb to a summit that offers spectacular views! The altitude is 599m, and there are 6 main hiking trails, that differ in difficulty level, that you can take to reach the top. If you don’t want to get tired or don’t have enough time to complete the full trail, you can also take a cable car to reach the summit. While climbing, you can see lots of nature and the temple called “Yakuoin”. Make a stop at the observatory and the view from the observatory is amazing!

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Meiji Shrine

Meiji shrine is one of the most popular Shinto shrines in Tokyo and is dedicated to the emperor Meiji and empress Shoken. The emperor Meiji played an important role to modernise the country during the transition period. The Emperor and his wife planned the development of the park and planted trees from all over the country. It was a long term plan with phases spread of dozens of year. When you walk through the forested grounds of with 170,000 trees donated from all over Japan, you can feel nature and the Japanese spirit. At the entrance you will see a large Torii gate with the park in its background, an amazing picture spot!

Akigawa Valley

Akigawa Valley is located in Akiruno City, the western part of Tokyo. It takes about 60 mins by rapid train from the central part of 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 beautiful and totally recommended. You can get some rest with fresh air and the stream of clear water from the river. You can enjoy lots of activities there too!

Okutama Area

Okutama is the farthest nature spot you can access by train from central Tokyo. It is one of the unexplored spots in Japan. Okutama is surrounded by beautiful and magnificent nature. You can go to Lake Okutama which was created with the construction of the Dam. The blue water surrounded by greens is beautiful and very photogenic. This is great area to hike too!

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Hamarikyu Garden

This is one of the most famous gardens in Tokyo, it’s located next to Tsukiji Market near the Ginza area. The garden has served multiple purposes before it was remodelled as a public garden; it original purpose was to serve as the residence of the feudal lords for centuries. The Tokugawa Family also used the gardens as a duck hunting place and a place where they would take walks. The garden is stunning all year round, but especially during the famous sakura and autumn season. You can also enjoy matcha at a tea house by the pond.

Tip: Free guided tours are offered in English on Monday morning (10.30am) and Saturday morning (11am).

Kiyosumi Garden

Kiyosumi Garden is another traditional Japanese garden located in Fukagawa, on the east side of Tokyo. In the 1870’s Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of Mitsubishi, selected this garden as a place for his employees to enjoy some leisure time and for entertainment to the important guests. Rocks from all over Japan were brought in to create its special design, including waterfalls. After the garden was completed in the Meiji period, it became a popular leisure spot, with many people taking a stroll around the pond. The park was opened as a public in 1932. It is not as big as Hamarikyu so it is easy to explore the gardens. The view is beautiful and you will feel calm and relaxed from it.

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