Sometimes even the slickest of city slickers craves a break from the noise and traffic in exchange for an afternoon of outdoorsy fun and tranquil reflection. If you fancy frolicking through grass and trees without blundering into any actual countryside, then Tokyo's parks make the perfect temporary escape. Start out with a lazy stroll, try a spot of boating or fire up the barbecue and ruin some sausages – whatever you fancy, there's a place for you within the city limits. Just don't forget the frisbee.
Imperial Palace East Gardens
The Imperial Palace's main park is accessible through three old gates: Otemon (five minutes from Tokyo Station), Hirakawamon (close to Takebashi bridge) and Kita-Hanebashimon (near Kitanomaru Park). The garden has a vast lawn, several ponds and well-manicured topiary, as well as the small Museum of Imperial Collections.