With the summer heat and humidity upon us, heading outdoors is becoming more of a struggle than a pleasant endeavor. And for people like me who aren't fond of high temperatures, Todoroki Valley promises a cool escape from Tokyo's sticky atmosphere.
Of the five years I've been Japan, this year was first time I've made considerable effort in checking out as many places in Kanto as I could, given the limited time and resources. This post contains a gallery featuring the spots I visited.
Located at the fringes of western Tokyo, Okutama is a town that offers the quiet majesty of nature to anyone who drops by for a visit. I walked the Otama Trail for my first ever solo hike, which gave way to a lot of reflection.