Many think of Tokyo as a hustle and bustle metropolitan, however Tokyo also boasts geographically mysterious and beautiful islands in the Pacific Ocean, mountainous valleys with great trekking courses. Tokyo offers many aspects to be discovered.
The 11 islands of Tokyo, administratively part of Tokyo but about 1000 km away from the city, boast onsets (hot springs) and beach resort areas, including idyllic sandy, white beaches contrasted by the blue waters of the Pacific.
Ogasawara Islands are an archipelago of over 30 subtropical and tropical islands, added to UNESCO’s list of World Natural Heritage sites in 2011.
Located only 50 minutes by plane from Haneda Airport, Hachijo-jima Island offers visitors its jungle-like greenery, ocean, and distinctive cultural heritage, especially its sericulture and kihachijo silk-weaving.
Izu Oshima Island is an inhabited volcanic island in the Izu archipelago in the Philippine sea, the largest of its Izu Island counterparts. At the centre of this island is the 758 meter tall Mount Mihara, an active volcano and on the the spans to the island’s north and western coasts. Surrounding are beaches that offer all sorts of fun aquatic activities.
Aogashima island is also not to be misssed – offering a beautiful landscape formed by the overlapping remnants of at least four submarine calderas.
Tokyo has several mountains which attract many hikers and climbers as these are only one hour from the heart of the city.
Mount Takao is a mountain located in Tokyo which attracts the largest number of climbers in the world (2.6 million people) annually. Mount Takao offers beautiful scenery, including an interesting temple on the hiking trails.
Mitake Valley is a valley located in Okutama region of Tokyo, having various hiking options to neighbouring peaks and valleys. On your way, you will pass some Japanese inns, which have been catering to visitors and pilgrims to Mount Mitake for centuries.