Tokyo's Hidden Nature
Tama, Tokyo—the ideal place to forget the hustle and bustle of the big city and enjoy Japan's natural beauty. Adventure, culture, or relaxation, Western Tokyo has a city escape for everyone. West Tama, a part of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, is not the first place that springs to mind when most think of Tokyo—which is exactly what makes it a great destination for those 'in the know'. Whether climbing the sacred slopes of Mt. Mitake, cycling down a secluded river valley, or plumbing the depths of Nippara Limestone Cave, adventure lovers are guaranteed an off-the-beaten-track experience of Tokyo's wild side. On hotter days the Tama River boasts rafting, riverboarding, kayaking—even canyoning in the waterfalls and hidden mountain pools of its upper reaches. If you're looking for the quieter side of Tokyo life you're spoiled for choice, with small wasabi farms and local sake breweries taking full advantage of the clear, fresh mountain water, and happy to introduce visitors to their art. Local craftspeople also make use of the rich natural resources, notably for Hinode washi paper, and the indigo dyeing of Hinohara.