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Outdoor Activities for Family Fun in Tokyo

2020-07-01
It may be wishful thinking amid rainy season, but history has shown the sun will eventually come out again in Tokyo! And once the weather improves, it's a perfect opportunity to get out into fresh air and have fun with your family.
 
Despite being a massive metropolis, there are plenty of outdoor recreation possibilities in and around Tokyo. From hiking, to paddle boarding, to fishing, see some of our suggestions to get you and the kids outside.
 
As a note, some locations have put into place enhanced health and safety measures in light of the coronavirus. Always be sure to check in ahead of time for reservations or other specific requirements. And always consider your family's specific needs first and foremost!
 
 
Hiking
Being cooped up in the city during the muggy days of Summer is not much fun. Luckily, some beautiful hiking destinations are easy day trips.
Just a 50-minute trip from Shinjuku, there's also a popular beer garden 500 meters up at Mt. Takao.
 
Enjoy waterfall views at Mt. Mitake, or have fun canoeing and rafting.
 
Considered the "Fuji of the East," Mt. Tsukuba has scenic hiking trails for all experience levels.
 
Watersports
"SUP" is great exercise and a fun alternative to traditional water sports. Many places also offer classes and instruction for beginners.
 
There is nothing more relaxing than sitting a dock with your pole in the water, and the Ichigaya Fishing Center makes it easy for the whole family to enjoy the experience. You can also bring snacks and beverages to make a day of it.
 
A unique way to see the city, kayaking is also a great way to get the family working together. They don't paddle themselves, you know!
 
 
Flora and Fauna
Seasonal fruit picking is always a delicious way to spend the day and in mid-June, cherries are in! Relatively nearby Yamanashi is supposedly the southern-most spot for the activity, so plan for a day!
 
For a bit of wild Japan a quick ride from Central Tokyo, check out this park! Summer is a quieter time for guests, so you can enjoy the relative solitude of nature without leaving the city.
 
Whether the kids are seasoned equestrians or have never seen a  horse up close, Tokyo Riding Club has lessons. If you become addicted, you can also sign up for a membership (or board your horse there!).
 
...And More!
It's probably not news to you that getting around Tokyo with the kids in tow is pretty easy (and healthier!) by bike. The Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute has created a lovely 3km course by the Imperial Palace that even has a special "Kid's Corner" for smaller riders.
 
Wakasu Seaside Park is right in Tokyo Bay and not only has a camping ground, but a golf course, cycling, fishing and boating as well. Plenty of options to enjoy the outdoors right in Tokyo!
 
All of these suggestions are fun ways to spend the day with your family, outdoors! And, as always, CareFinder is here to help if you need a hand. Our community of sitters is the perfect resource for trustworthy care.
 
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