One glance at Tokyo, and you will see and feel right away how urban it is like other major cities. But what most people don’t know is that there is more to this Japanese city than skyscrapers and subways.
If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, Tokyo got some exciting outdoor adventures waiting for you.
Take a Dive in Ogasawara
A thousand miles south of Tokyo, you will find Ogasawara Islands. While they look like some green dots amid the blue waters of the ocean, the islands are still regarded as part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area.
The islands serve as the home to unique local fauna and flora, towering cliffs, and crystal-clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling and diving, allowing you to be up close and personal with the coral reefs and tropical fish of the area.
You can choose from over 30 islands that are accessible by riding a ferry to Father Island or Chichijima, the main island.
Go for a Hike in Mt. Takao and Mt. MItake
Mt. Takao and Mt. Mitake are located at Tokyo’s western edge, still within the boundaries of the city in the Tama region. If you are a serious hiker, these two mountains are popular spots you should check out.
You can reach both in one hour or so by taking a train from central Tokyo. When you get there, you can choose to ride a cable car or hike up the mountain. There, you will be welcomed by ancient temples and shrines, walking trails, natural fauna and flora, and breathtaking views of the city of Tokyo and even Mt. Fuji at a distance.
Keep Calm and Relax at Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen is nestled right in the heart of the city. This garden and park span 144 acres and offers a wonderful breather from all the nearby skyscrapers.
The park is popular for its stunning beauty during the much-awaited cherry blossom season and is also a great spot for a relaxing stroll or a picnic. You can find a classical Japanese garden at the park and a teahouse where visitors can join the traditional tea ceremony.
Enjoy a Bike Tour around Tokyo
While the bike lanes in Tokyo are smaller compared to those in other cities, you can still easily navigate them while riding a bicycle. You wouldn’t even feel out of place because Tokyo roads are filled with millions of bikes daily.
The city has several designated cycling courses such as the Imperial Palace and Yoyogi Park. But if you are more adventurous, the backstreets and alleys of random neighborhoods and just waiting there for you to explore and get lost in.
Have fun passing by some hidden gems such as old shopping streets, neighborhood bars, and small temples. Just make sure you don’t ride alone after dark to stay safe.
You see, there is still so much more that Tokyo has to offer beyond the usual fanfare expected from a metropolitan city. So, explore the great outdoors and have fun!
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