There are many spots where you can get in touch with nature on the way from Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo. In this article, we feature the top two that you can enjoy even in winter. Grab your smartphone or camera, and stretch your legs on a short walk!
An oasis on the outskirts of Tokyo, home to many wild birds!
Tega Marsh, located in Abiko City, is a spot popular among local residents to relax, see nature, and go for a walk.
On the shore of Tega Marsh, which is used as a reservoir to secure irrigation water, you can see many rare species of birds including migratory birds. Stop by the Abiko City Museum of Birds for an introduction to wild birds living on the shores of the marsh, and gain a deeper understanding of them in the area of the museum dedicated to learning about the origin of birds.
The pedestrian path built around the marsh is a great place to go walking, jogging, or cycling. Grab your smartphone or camera, and come enjoy nature in a way only possible in the countryside.
Abiko City Museum of Birds Address: 234-3 Konoyama, Abiko-shi, Chiba-ken 〒270-1145
Hours: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed Days: Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a public holiday), New Year’s holiday (December 29 to January 4)
General – 300 yen
High school and university students – 200 yen
70 years or older and junior high school students or younger – free
Just 30 minutes away from the city, there are wetlands registered with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance!
Yatsu is a precious wetland area that you can visit, just 30 minutes away from the city. It has been registered with the Ramsar Convention, which recognizes wetlands of international importance as habitats for waterfowl, and despite being located adjacent to a residential area, the tidal flats are inhabited by many birds and other wildlife.
If you are looking to see precious migratory birds, you should stop by the Yatsu Tidal Flats Nature Observation Center inside the Yatsu Tidal Flats Park. At this facility, you can get up close to nature and see an excellent view of the tidal flats from inside the building. Telescopes have also been installed here so you can easily enjoy observing wild birds and nature.
Rangers are permanently stationed on the observation floor. They conduct programs to observe the nature and waterfowl of the tidal flats, as well as nature interactive experiences. There is also a lawn area and an artificial stream, so you can enjoy nature up close, including seasonal flowers.
Yatsu Tidal Flats Nature Observation Center Address: 5-1-1 Akitsu, Narashino-shi, Chiba-ken 〒275-0025
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (last entry at 4:30 PM)
Closed Days: Mondays (Or the next day if Monday is a public holiday), New Year’s holiday (December 28 to January 1)
Adults (senior high school age or older) – 370 yen
65 years or older – 180 yen
Junior high school students or younger – free
Yatsu Tidal Flats Nature Observation Center Website *Japanese only