Tama area and Islands of Tokyo

Areas of beautiful natural scenery in Tokyo.

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Tama

The Musashino, Tama area is less than an hour’s train ride going west from the heart of Tokyo. You can find many fascinating spots here, from meccas of subculture, such as places associated with anime and character-based theme parks popular around the world, to streets with a refined ambiance. Located along the JR Ome Line, the Nishitama Area is Tokyo’s oasis, blessed with an abundance of nature. Unwind or unleash your adventurous side in Mount Takao, which, along with Mount Fuji, was awarded three Michelin stars. You can enjoy trekking in the valleys and limestone caves and in many other spots where you can feel the fresh breeze of Mother Nature. Even a day trip here will be fun-filled.

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    Mt. Takao

    Mt. Takao is a renowned tourist destination that attracts scores of visitors each year for the seasonal beauty of nature and the seven distinct hiking courses.
    Complete with a cable car and a chairlift, it’s an attractive place for everyone from children to the elderly to try their hand at mountaineering casually.
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    Akigawa Gorge

    This scenic gorge is especially lovely as it reflects the changing seasons.
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    Nippara Limestone Cave

    At 800m in length, this is the largest cave in the Kanto region. It was formed by the erosion of Paleozoic coal.
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    Inokashira Park

    Inokashira Park, established in 1917, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017. Originally considered a park in the suburbs, Inokashira Park now serves as a precious green space for the adjacent residential area.

    The third Tokugawa shogun, Iemitsu, is said to have given Inokashira Pond its name. The name is said to mean either “source of the water supply” or “well that supplies the most delicious water.” The Inokashira Pond was the source of the first water service for the city of Edo, the Kanda water supply. The water for this pond was used as drinking water until an improved water supply was completed in 1898.

    The park is divided into four sections: Inokashira Pond and its surroundings, Gotenyama that contains a wooded area and the Shizen Bunka-en Gardens, recreation facilities in the wet portion of the park, and the No. 2 park to the southeast. The landscape is full of variety, with the lowlands of Inokashira Pond and the highlands of Gotenyama.
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Islands of Tokyo

The Izu Islands consist of more than 100 islands stretching north and south starting from the northernmost Oshima Island, located about 25km off the Izu Peninsula. Nine inhabited islands can be visited by sea and air. Visitors can fully enjoy Mother Nature through several activities available in the islands such as trekking and camping, hot spring tours, sea bathing and diving, and fishing. Ogasawara Islands are a group of more than 30 islands in the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 km south-southeast of Tokyo. In 2011, it was registered as a World Heritage nature site. You can visit this place via the ferry, which travels there about once a week. With little variations in temperature throughout the year and surrounded by crystal-clear sea, the Ogasawara Islands are a natural treasure trove endowed with a distinctive flora and fauna ecosystem. Transport services may vary depending on the climate and other conditions, so it is best to contact the tourist association of your preferred destination in advance.

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    Hachijojima

    Hachijojima is the southernmost of the seven Izu Islands, located 287 kilometers from Tokyo.
    This nature’s paradise enjoys lush vegetation all year round and attracts flocks of wild birds.
    Recreation ranges from hot springs and dining to diving, fishing, trekking, and touring “power spots.”
    The palm trees lining the street and the bright red hibiscus flowers between May and October enhance the mood of the tropical island.
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    Shikinejima Island

    Shikinejima is a tiny island with a population of about 550 located some 160 kilometers from Tokyo. The time passes slowly on this home of various onsen hot springs including the Jinata Hot Spring, which holds second place in the East Japan ranking.
    Summer is the perfect season to take a safe, fun family trip to the countless unique beaches starting with the best-known Tomari Beach.
    Activities including fishing, diving, sea kayaking, geocaching, and stargazing make for a mini luxury visit while wallowing in the nature of Shikinejima Island.
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    Mikurashima Island

    Mikurashima Island is a place where one can fulfill the dream of swimming with dolphins. These marvelous creatures can also be seen from the safety of the floater or the boat, and even from the land to the delight of swimmers and non-swimmers alike, and to those who might be afraid of getting too close.
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government promotes ecotourism to protect the natural environment for the dolphins and other precious flora and fauna of Mikurashima.
    If you wish to go to this small island filled with great attractions, you need to arrange accommodation since day trips and camping facilities are not available.

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