An hour on the train from Tokyo and it’s hard to remember that you are still in the capital: flowing rivers, small villages, and a more mountainous landscape if you push further enough west. While not everything is on the tourist map in this vast region of Tokyo, it does offer some easy and relaxing day trips when the hectic city all gets a bit too much.

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Eastern Tokyo

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Western Tokyo

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Central Tokyo

Unsurprisingly, these wards are the most expensive in the capital and home to a huge array of shopping…