Green Tokyo

One of the many things I love about Tokyo is the amount of green areas that you can find within a concrete jungle. Although Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world, there’s trees everywhere. The thing is that not only you can find plants and trees in parks but you can find them in almost any corner of the city. There are some areas where you can walk and forget for a moment that you are inside a city while thinking that you are in a small village in the mountains.

I put here a series of pictures taken in downtown Tokyo that show how green can appear in any “free” corner in the city.

Green Tokyo

Green Tokyo

Green Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen

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Tokyo Summer

Tokyo Summer

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Green Tokyo

5 Comments
  • William 'Shaggy' Chrapcynski

    November 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Damn! Now you REALLY have me missing Japan. 🙁

  • jamesmallon

    November 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    “Although Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world, there’s trees everywhere.” WTF? You don’t live where I do. If you have an ex-pat package and stick to JNTO areas, sure. The rest of Tokyo is grey. Did you know the shortage of trees on private property is because you are fined for casting shadow on neighbouring property?! A stupid law, since deciduous trees cast leaves in the winter, when you want sun, and shade through the hell called summer in Japan.

    It also depends on what city you’ve moved from. I’m not fond of Toronto, but that city is green.

  • CLF

    November 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    can I roughly know where are these places?

  • sixmats

    November 19, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I’m going to have to agree with James. Go to Shitamachi. Sure, Ueno Park is there, but outside of that, there isn’t much.

    I guess it all depends on where you come from too.

  • David

    November 20, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Great pictures.

    “There are some areas where you can walk and forget for a moment that you are inside a city while thinking that you are in a small village in the mountains.”

    I think this is one of the only things I like about Tokyo actually (but I’d rather the real small village in the mountains, or even better, on the coast).

    @James and Sixmats: sure there are always areas with more trees than others… but compare Tokyo with many other major cities and you’ll see what he means.