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[Tokyo ]Tokyo's spectacular scenery! 7 sightseeing spots with beautiful natural scenery!

[Tokyo ]Tokyo's spectacular scenery! 7 sightseeing spots with beautiful natural scenery!

2021-09-13 Management office

In fact, even in Tokyo, which is considered an urban area, there are many spots where nature still remains. It is difficult to see beautiful natural scenery at tourist spots that are easily accessible, but there are nature and scenic spots in Tokyo, and we will introduce some of them that offer spectacular views.
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Takao Mountain

Mt. Takao in Hachioji City is a national park where visitors can enjoy hiking in the mountains.
You can take the cable car or lift up to the middle of the mountain, and then walk up to the top in about one and a half hours. It is said to be an open-air museum of nature, with natural plants, insects, wild birds, etc., allowing visitors to see the natural ecology of the area. From the arrival station of the cable car, there is a spectacular view of the Kanto Plain.

It is a popular place for easy climbing, with broadleaf forests and many cedar trees over 100 years old. There are also many alpine plants, and you can head up to the summit with a smile on your face. Even though it is easy to get to the summit, we recommend that you wear well-fitting sneakers.
There is a store at the top of the mountain, where you can relax and enjoy the view with tengu-yaki, soba noodles, and a café-restaurant.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Mt. Takao
Address: Takao-cho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 193-0844
Phone number: 042-673-3461 (Takaoyamaguchi Tourist Information Center)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. December to March: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Takao Yamaguchi Tourist Information Center)
Closed: Open every day
Budget: Cable car and lift: Adults 490 yen one way / Children 250 yen
No Smoking・Cigarette Eating:No Smoking
Space and Facilities: This popular mountain has three Michelin stars. Fuji from the top of the mountain, and restaurants and other facilities are available for dining.

Maehama Beach

This is Maehama Beach on Hahajima, a more remote island in the Ogasawara Islands, an island in Tokyo famous for its green turtles spawning. From Tokyo, it is a 24-hour boat ride to Chichijima, and then another two hours to reach the island. Although it takes longer to get there, there is still a lot of nature and the sea is so beautiful that it is hard to believe that you are in Tokyo. The island also serves as a landing place for boats, so once you arrive at Hahajima, you can go directly to Maehama Beach. It is possible to take a day trip from Chichijima to Hahajima and back, but the number of boats is quite limited, so it is recommended that you allow plenty of time to get there.

Of course, the night view is also spectacular!

You can see the Milky Way because there is nothing to block it. You will be able to see a truly star-filled sky, so you can feel the nature that fills your heart with a feeling of fullness.
The boats that cross from Chichijima to Hahajima are also called whale liners because wild whales can sometimes be seen during the winter when the boats are in operation.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Maehama Beach
Address: 〒100-2211 100-3 Motoshima Genchi, Ogasawara Village, Tokyo
No Smoking・Cigarette Eating:No Smoking
Space and Facilities: A 24-hour boat ride from Tokyo to Chichijima and a 2-hour boat ride from Chichijima to a secluded remote island, the beach is a beautiful stretch of sandy beach that is hard to believe it is in Tokyo.

Asahiyama Nagasaki Observatory

This is the Nagasaki Observatory at Mount Asahiyama on Chichijima Island in the Ogasawara Islands. Although the observatory is not that high (267 meters above sea level), it offers a beautiful view of the unobstructed scenery.
The uninhabited islands of Brother Island and Higashijima can also be seen, and Washington Beach, a pillow-shaped lava rock beach, can be overlooked. Of course, the sea is emerald green in color, and the view is one of the most spectacular in the Ogasawara Islands.

There is an easy walking path to the summit.

The natural ecology of the area makes for a relatively easy climb up the mountain path.
The view from the observatory is truly beautiful, making it a must-see spot when visiting the Ogasawara Islands. It is also the most famous sightseeing spot on Chichijima, so give it a try. It takes about an hour to get there from the parking lot.
The only way to get to Chichijima in the Ogasawara Islands is to take a 24-hour boat ride. We recommend taking the Ogasawara Maru, which departs from Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo, to give yourself plenty of time to get there. Please note that the boat service may be cancelled due to weather conditions.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Asahiyama Nagasaki Observatory
Address: Chichijima, Ogasawara-mura, Tokyo 100-2101
No Smoking・Cigarette Eating:No Smoking
Space and Facilities: Located on Chichijima Island in the Ogasawara Islands, this observation deck from Mt. From a height of 267 meters above sea level, visitors can look out over the Ogasawara Islands.

Ueno Park Intolerance Pond

Shinobazuno Pond in Ueno Park consists of three ponds: Lotus Pond, Boat Pond, and Cormorant Pond.
Especially in summer, the lotus pond is filled with lotus flowers, creating a magnificent view. The lotus flowers bloom early in the morning, so if you want to see the beautiful scenery, it is recommended to go sightseeing early in the morning.
In the background of the photo is the Shinobazunoike Benten Hall, which enshrines Benzaiten, one of the seven gods of good fortune, so you can make a wish together.

An oasis in the city

Since this is one of the leading lotus spots in the city, many buildings can be seen beyond the lotus. The three ponds are only separated by a boardwalk and cover an area of about 110,000 m2. Swan boats and cycle boats can be rented at the boat ponds, and you can also take a boat ride.
The grounds are spacious and include restaurants, making it a great place for dates and sightseeing.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Shinobazunoike Pond in Ueno Park
Address: 5-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007, Japan
Phone number: 03-3828-5644
Hours of operation: 5:00 - 23:00
Regular holiday:December 31 ~ January 3
Budget: Free
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Ueno Park is Japan's first urban park, where you can see a lotus pond. It is a famous tourist spot with a museum, art museum, and zoo.

Hachijo Fuji

You can make a round trip to Hachijo-jima Island to see the bowl, where you can circle the crater at the top of Hachijo-Fuji. Hachijo-jima Island was originally formed by the coalescence of underwater volcanoes, so you can see the volcanic crater beautifully.
The view from 854 meters above sea level is spectacular, and if you go around the crater, you can see plants and natural ponds growing inside the crater. It takes about an hour to an hour and a half to walk around, so please give it a try.

You can feel the island itself.

Hachijojima is an island shaped like a gourd. It is interesting to imagine the shape of the island when viewed from below, but it is recommended to view the island from above so that you can see the entire island from both angles.
There are three flights a day from Tokyo, and one round-trip boat flight a day, which takes about 10 hours and 20 minutes each way.
It is also a famous tourist spot as a remote island full of nature that can be easily accessed.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Hachijo Fuji
Address: 〒100-1401 Hachijo-cho, Hachijojima, Tokyo
No Smoking・Cigarette Eating:No Smoking
Space and Facilities: Hachijojima is located on Hachijojima Island, where you can visit the bowls at Hachijo-fuji. Hachijojima is also accessible by plane from Tokyo.

Lake Odumo

Lake Okutama, located deep in the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, offers a rare glimpse of nature rarely seen in Tokyo. 185 million m2 of water volume is stored, and a floating bridge can be crossed.
The lake is surrounded by beautiful nature, and there are many sightseeing spots to visit, including the Forest of Experience, the Okutama Water and Greenery Fureai Kan, and the Mountain Furusato Village.

A spot where you can feel the four seasons

The natural beauty of the area allows visitors to experience all four seasons.
The area is especially crowded with tourists during the fall foliage season, and there are hot spring facilities in the vicinity, making it ideal for day-trip sightseeing.
It is also equipped with a walking trail that allows hikers to easily go on a 15-minute to 3.5-hour course. It is also famous as a natural spot in Tokyo that can be easily visited.

"Facility Information "
Facility name:Okutama Lake
Address: Hara, Okutama-cho, Nishitama-gun, Tokyo 198-0223
Phone number: 0428-83-2152
No smoking and smoking: No smoking in the entire building
Space and Facilities: Lake Okutama, the water source for Tokyo, boasts a reservoir of 185 million m2 and is a lake with lots of natural beauty.


Mitake, located in Ome City, rises 929 meters above sea level and is the object of mountain worship, where the mountain is considered sacred and worshipped, and Musashi-Ontake Shrine stands on the summit of the mountain.
The temple is home to the Renge Shouma flower and the natural monument Jindai Zelkova, which is said to be 1,000 years old, and attracts many visitors on New Year's Day.

Climbing is also possible and there is a cable car

Climbing the mountain, you can visit various landmarks such as the Tengu no Koshikake Sugi (cedar tree) and the Shichiyodai Waterfall. There are various courses, including a 5-hour course, so it is recommended to choose according to your physical strength. You may even see a wild flying squirrel, which is the mascot character of the shrine.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Mitake-san (Mt. Mitake)
Address: Mitakesan, Ome-shi, Tokyo 198-0001
No Smoking・Cigarette Eating:No Smoking
Space and Facilities: The mountain is 929 meters above sea level and has a lot of natural beauty. Most people go to Musashi Ontake Shrine to see the sights.


Tokyo is quite large, and Hachijojima and the Ogasawara Islands are also in the Tokyo area. If you can, try to visit the islands and you will see nature and scenery that you would not normally see. The reason you may not have the opportunity to visit these islands even if you live in Tokyo may be because you don't have the time. If you have time to spare, you may want to take the time to visit these unexplored islands.

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