Park in West Tokyo

One of Tokyo's best parks, Inokashira-kōen has a big pond in the middle flanked by woodsy strolling paths. You can rent row boats (¥700 per hour) and swan-shaped pedal boats to take out onto the water (¥700 per 30 minutes). On weekends performance artists and craft vendors gather here (along with lots of Tokyoites of all ages). Don't miss the ancient shrine to the sea goddess Benzaiten and, in spring, the cherry blossoms.

To reach the park, walk straight from the Kōen exit of Kichijōji Station, cross at the light and veer right at Marui (‘0101’) department store; the park is at the end of the lane. Along the way, you'll pass shops selling takeaway items such as yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and hot dogs.