Is all of Japan urbanized like Tokyo? Or is there natural landscape to explore?
Metropolitan Tokyo is a big city with a population of over 12 million inhabitants.
Here, company headquarters, commercial establishments and government agencies are concentrated, impacting the Japanese and world economies.
Since there are many office buildings and commercial facilities, you may have the impression that there is no natural beauty left in Tokyo, but the truth is that there are many parks and green spaces, such as Hibiya Park, the Imperial Palace Outer Gardens, and the Meiji Shrine Outer Garden, where greenery in Tokyo flourishes. Since about 68%(as of 2019) of Japan's landscape is mountainous, abundant with rivers, ravines and lakes, you can enjoy beautiful scenery within a short distance of major cities.
The Shirakami-Sanchi Mountains in Aomori and Akita Prefectures and Yakushima in Kagoshima Prefecture have even been designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
There are also 34 national parks (as of 2019) where the natural environment is protected.
Furthermore, since Japan is a nation of islands surrounded by seas on all sides, you can enjoy the picturesque coastline from many parts of the country. In fact, in subtropical Okinawa, majestic ocean resorts with coral reefs and spectacular beaches stand their ground with first class ocean resorts worldwide.