One of Tokyo's most famous residential areas, Tama City happens to also be loaded with plenty of natural space, entertainment options, history and culture. The city's Ono Shrine is testament to the region's culture, the ancient Jomon period is revealed at the Archaeological Museum, Central Park attracts the families and everyone's favourite Hello Kitty is a huge draw at the Sanrio Puroland Amusement Park.
Situated close to the Tama River, Ono Shrine is one of a number of important shrines in the old Musashi region. Said to have been first established in the late 8th century, the shrine's spacious grounds coupled with its elaborate wood carvings and scenic river access give Ono Shrine a nostalgic feeling.
A 7-minute walk from Seiseki-Sakuragaoka Station on the Keio Line.
Tama Central Park
Highlighted by the large Kirameki Pond with its turtles and Japanese koi fish, Tama Central Park is known for its wide open spaces and relaxed atmosphere. A popular picnic spot, the park is also home to the Parthenon Tama, a hilltop cultural centre featuring a local museum and performance space.
A 5-minute walk from the South Exit of Odakyu Tama-Center Station on the Odakyu Tama Line.
Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological Centre
Far beyond the famous Edo period, Japan's history extends reaches back 10,000 years into the Jomon period. The Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological Center features exhibits about the Jomon people who lived in the Tama region, including genuine Jomon artefacts and reconstructions of ancient architecture.
A 5-minute walk from the East Exit of Keio Tama-Center Station on the Keio Sagamihara Line.
Sanrio Puroland Amusement Park
An international phenomenon, Hello Kitty finds a home at the Sanrio Puroland Amusement Park. An indoor themed centre, the park overloads on cuteness with bright lights, colourful shows and parades as well as non-stop fun with rides and character-themed shopping and events.
A 6-minute walk from the South Exit of Odakyu Tama-Center Station on the Odakyu Tama Line.