Go on a chill biking adventure to Tokorozawa. It’s a cozy city surrounded by the greenery of Saitama Prefecture. This laid-back trip is all about enjoying the views, checking out cool historical spots, and soaking in the local culture—a sweet escape into nature.
We kick off our adventure right in the middle of Tokyo, hopping on our bikes, excited to discover the hidden gems outside the city.
Distance from Central Tokyo to Tokorozawa: ~35 km / ~21.7 miles (~2h30)
Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park（所沢航空記念公園）
Visit Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park, where Japan’s aviation journey began in 1911, and host the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum.
Tokorozawa Aviation Museum（所沢航空発祥記念館）
Founded in 1993, the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum dives into Japan’s aviation history with a bunch of planes, artifacts, and interactive exhibits. See how flying has transformed from old-school biplanes to the modern jets we have today. Explore the museum’s galleries to uncover the stories behind iconic aircraft like the NAMC YS-11 and the Curtiss EC-46 Commando.
In the Sayama Hills sits Sayama Lake, a laid-back artificial reservoir often called “Totoro’s Forest” for its likeness to Hayao Miyazaki’s “My Neighbor Totoro.” Completed in 1934, this artificial lake, with its serene vibes, lush greenery, and magical atmosphere, has drawn people from all over, letting them enter the film’s enchanting world.
Belluna Dome, or Seibu Dome, is this iconic domed stadium where the Saitama Seibu Lions play. It’s seen many exciting baseball games and fans going wild for over four decades. The stadium opened up in 1979, giving fans a roomy spot to enjoy baseball, no matter if it’s raining or shining. Besides being a big deal in sports, Belluna Dome is like a community hangout, hosting all sorts of events and solidifying its spot as a beloved place in Tokorozawa.
Yamaguchi Kannon-Konjoin Temple（山口観音）
Established in the 9th century, the temple is dedicated to Kannon, the bodhisattva of compassion. Its serene atmosphere welcomes visitors seeking solace and spiritual renewal. The temple’s architectural beauty, featuring intricate carvings, and traditional wooden structures, provides a tranquil escape from the bustling city life.
Tokorozawa Sakura Town（ところざわサクラタウン）
Opened up officially in November 2020, this place is all about creativity, innovation, and entertainment, pulling in visitors from all over the country. Designed by the famous architect Kengo Kuma, Sakura Town has a cool style that fits right in with the surroundings.
Inside, you’ve got:
Kadokawa Musashino Museum（角川武蔵野ミュージアム）
Diving into the history and wins of Kadokawa Corporation, a big-shot Japanese publisher and entertainment company. They’ve got exhibits on literature, film, and manga.
teamLab: Resonating Life in the Acorn Forest
Discover this outdoor exhibit in Musashino Woods Park—an interactive art installation that turns the natural setting into a digital playground. As you walk through the forest, you’ll find fascinating light and sound installations that respond to your presence, creating an enchanting and ever-changing experience.
Restaurants and Shops
Plenty of places to eat and shop. They’ve got all kinds of cuisines and merchandise, so there’s something for everyone.
As you wrap up your bike trip from Tokyo to Tokorozawa, take home memories of a ride packed with awesome views, cool history spots, and cultural vibes. This adventure shows how beautiful and peaceful things are just outside the busy city. Tokorozawa invites you to come back, promising more tranquility and a better love for nature’s wonders.