Home to scores of little suburban parks, the area of Nishitokyo City is seated on the very western edge of Tokyo's central wards. The city's natural spaces offer easy respite for its residents, most of whom travel into the central wards for work. Here is an introduction to some of the parks to be found in Nishitokyo and how to reach them
With plenty of room, Bunridai Park features a pond as well as a landscaped hill and water area that overlooks the park. Also serving as an evacuation area for the residents of the area, the park's cherry blossom trees and open space make it a good location for traditional hanami cherry blossom viewing parties and other festive and communal events.
A 9-minute walk from Hoya Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.
Ikoi no Mori Park
Home to a lovely extended pond with bridge, Ikoi no Mori Park is another one of Tokyo's solid-in-size public spaces. Able to cater to picnic enthusiasts through its BBQ facilities, skateboarders also get a look in courtesy of a skateboard park. Plenty of cherry blossom trees, a water play area and children's play equipment make the park a good location for an easy family day out.
A 15-minute walk from Hibarigaoka Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.
Nishihara Nature Park
A secluded preserve of natural forest, Nishihara Nature Park is home to a commendable sustainable logging effort using traditional techniques. Every fifteen years or so, trees are cut down using traditional techniques that respect the environment. With its wild trees and flowering bushes, the park is a nice place to go for a stroll and forget that you are in the nation's capital.
A 10-minute no.7 bus ride from Tanashi Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.