About Adventure in Tokyo
Most sightseeing information about Tokyo focuses on the city center, but 36% of the city is actually covered with forests. Take a train out of Shinjuku to hike, fish, kayak, etc. in rural corners of the city. However, if you don't want to travel very far, there are many beautiful parks and gardens in the city center, almost all of which were once the residences of high ranking feudal lords. Due to the meticulous planting of specific trees, bushes, and flowers, the beauty of each changes dramatically with the seasons.
The most popular are Mt. Takao and Mt. Mitake. Both include a visit to a historic shrine or temple. The Okutama area also has many good trails.
Great walking maps can be picked up at any TIC (Tourist Information Center). Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ueno, Odaiba... all the major neighborhoods are covered.
The most popular running circuit is around the Imperial Palace. Crossing the Rainbow Bridge out to Odaiba, and the Setagaya Walking Path are also good choices.
The swimming season is limited in Tokyo, but large waterparks like Tokyo Summerland, Toshimaen, Yomiuriland, and Seibu Yuenchi are popular with children. Otherwise, go the ocean in Shizuoka or Chiba Prefecture or swim in your hotel pool.
Biggest chains are Konami, Esforta, Tipness, Tokyu, and Central. Gold's is also represented. Tourists cannot get temporary passes so stay in a hotel that has one (Hyatt, Hilton, Nikko, Sheraton...).
The Imperial Palace and the Tama River are two top cycling spots. Unfortunately, there are no bicycle lanes, so wear a helmet.
Yoga is a booming business in Tokyo, but most classes are only in Japanese. However, all the styles are represented. Bikram Yoga, Hello Yoga, Under the Light, TYG, Yogajaya, Shizen, IYC.
Top parks include Shinjuku Gyoen, Inokashira Park, Hamarikyu, Kiyosumi Garden, Ueno Park, Yoyogi Park, and Koishikawa. Lesser known, but popular among the locals are Mizumoto Koen and Tachikawa's Showa Memorial Park.
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