Ikuta-Ryokuchi park

Travel time: 30 minutes - Stations: Mukogaoka-Yuen, Noborito
Trail time: 2/3 hours - Effort: low

Nature bliss just 30 minutes away

+ The good

  • Beautiful, thick forests that make you forget how close you are to the city
  • Two spectacular panoramic towers overlooking Tokyo
  • Perfectly maintained, park level trails that anyone can tackle (kids included)
  • Not even Takao-san can beat that level of accessibility
  • Not crowded: the park is vast enough to give you hours of solitude, even on weekends
  • A lot of variation: steep hills, large meadows, lazy rice paddies, thick forests, bamboo groves...
  • A lot of options: how about going to the open air architecture museum? Or the Doreamon museum? Or the firefly grove? Or the modern art museum? Or a picnic? Or...

~ The bad

  • While the 駅から山登り guide adds a coda towards the Rose garden, it's way less interesting than the main park, and forces you to walk for 20 minutes along a busy road. I'd skip it.
  • Adjust your expectations: you are pretty much walking around one big hill, so there isn't that much to cover. Enjoy your time and explore in order to fill your day
  • The southern tip of the park is somewhat isolated by golf ground in between. There is a bamboo grove after the rice paddies that can add about 30 minutes of walk, but you will then be forced to come back from where you came

- The ugly

  • There used to be a large soba restaurant in the middle of the park, hosted inside a traditional straw-roofed building. Alas it will be closed until 2020...

It's possible to join this trail with that of Yomiuri for a single 14km trail. Expect a few "meh" bits in between, though

Misc links

Official website