Very modern, Tachikawa City is home to some great public spaces, museums and historical curiosities. The very popular Showa Memorial Park is home to numerous museums, brilliant seasonal gardens and open areas while the Polar Science Museum is a must for a look at the nation's scientific history. Suwa Shrine is the city's oldest landmark while the classical Tamagawa Josui freshwater canal offers a relaxing walk in peace and quiet.

Suwa Shrine

Established in the 9th century, Suwa Shrine is a stark contrast to the more modern feel of the area. Featuring a grand shrine building with quiet open spaces and surrounded by trees, Suwa Shrine preserves the sense of serenity, history and traditional ceremonies that make up Japan's Shinto spiritual spaces.

Ten minutes from Tachikawa Station on the JR Chuo Main Line.

Showa Memorial Park

Established in honour of Emperor Showa's 50th year on the throne, Showa Memorial Park is a huge public space. Along with the Emperor Showa Memorial Museum, the park features a bonsai museum, lots of children's play areas, picnic grounds, woodlands, walking trails and lovely seasonal gardens.

Two minutes from Nishi-Tachikawa Station on the JR Ome Line.

Polar Science Museum

Focusing mainly on Japan's history of Antarctic exploration and research, the Polar Science Museum features some great exhibits and displays. From polar base dioramas to theatre footage, expedition vehicles to Antarctic meteorites, this free museum is thoroughly detailed and a great way to .

Ten minutes from Takamatsu Station on the Tama Monorail Line.

Tamagawa Josui

Built in the Edo period, Tamgawa Josui was a freshwater canal running all the way from central Tokyo. Running right by Tamagawajosui Station, the tree-lined canal is a lovely walk and is easily recognisable by its abrupt greenery as it winds its way from east to west.

One minute from the South Exit of Tamagawajosui Station on the Tama Monorail Line.