We all know that there are plenty of things to do in the busy entertainment parts of Tokyo, but there are many great things to in the outdoors around Tokyo. Check out our article for 7 outdoor activities around Tokyo.
Tokyo is known for all of the great things that foreigners can experience in its major entertainment areas. But what most people don’t know is that there are many areas around the city that allow for fun outdoor activities that everyone can enjoy. They can range from parks to hiking trails. We will explore 7 activities that you can enjoy around Tokyo outside of the usual spots.
Mount Takao is a popular place for people who are looking for a bit of old Japan. The mountain trail is easy to trek and offers great views of Mount Fuji and Tokyo. It is also known as a pilgrimage spot for Buddhist monks and you will find some of them walking the trails with you on your way to the top. Those who prefer not to hike can take a cable car or a chair lift.
The mountain is a beautiful sight to see and if you go in March you can see the monks practicing meditation under the waterfalls or doing fire walking. It is a great way to experience the natural side of Japan while still being close to the modern side as well.
The Imperial Palace
The imperial palace is a truly great piece of architecture. There are paths and sidewalks built around the outside of the palace that are used heavily by people who like to run and cycle. You get great views of the tall city buildings and the running and walking lanes are far enough from the road that you don’t have to worry about traffic. It is a peaceful area that allows you to get some truly great views of the city. Any runner or cycler should enjoy the relaxed feel of the running paths.
Yakatabune Boat Trip
Yakatabune translates to roof boats and are meant to look like Japanese homes. They usually have tatami mats on them, and they provide sushi, sashimi, and tempura. Seven companies do rentals in Tokyo Bay and they are great for group outings and parties. They are the best way to enjoy the fireworks in Odaiba and if you go at night, you can get a good view of the rainbow bridge. Some boats have all-you-can-drink deals and they are fun, but if you get seasick easily it could turn bad quickly.
There aren’t many places around Tokyo for fishermen to pursue their passion, but there are some entrepreneurs who have set up fishing holes on the rivers. These fishing spots allow locals to sit on piers and catch their limit of fish. Some are catch and release only places and they only have carp which don’t taste good if you tried to eat them. There is one in Ichigaya that will give you an extra hour of fishing if your catch weighs 7kg or more. It’s a great way to get out of your hotel and enjoy an outdoor activity.
Hakone is a popular place for people to go and enjoy the famous hot springs. The onsen there is visited by many of Tokyo’s residents. It is best to get a ryokan and join in the experience. It is one of the top places to enjoy outdoor baths and get a feel for traditional Japan. It is a short distance from Tokyo and is a destination spot for any visitor to Japan.
Street Kart Shibuya
This has been a popular activity and has been increasing in its popularity every week. It is a service that allows people to drive custom made karts around the Shibuya area. They used to have costumes that let you dress as characters from popular Nintendo franchises, but they had to stop due to threats from the parent company. They still have a large selection of costumes and are always getting attention from locals and foreigners alike.
Yoyogi Park is the biggest park in Tokyo and it has enough space to accommodate a large range of activities. There are open fields for people to play soccer, throw frisbees, have picnics, flower viewing, and cycle. There is a large contingent of cyclers that ride the paths on the park grounds and some like to practice their tricks. You can find a group for any activity in the city.
These are the best activities you can easily find, but other places may better suit your needs. If you’re a fan of the outdoors or physical activities, you will find no shortage of things to do in and around Tokyo.