City Living: I Want to Be in a Forest

I live in the world’s largest metropolitan area, the Greater Tokyo area with a population of around 36 million people.  I’m near the southwestern part of it, but nearly everything around me city. There are farms not far from here, but they’re crisscrossed by roads, houses here and there, and never far from a convenience store.  Last week, I went hiking in Kamakura. Occasionally, I saw houses and buildings from high up on the hiking trail, but I felt more secluded than I’d felt in a very long time. I know a part of the trail (that we didn’t go on) that is completely closed off from the rest of the city. No sounds, no sign of civilisation. It’s in a forested valley with a small stream and absolutely peaceful.  Kind of like this viral video.

Nice, huh? I want to go to the real countryside and go walking in a real forest that’s actually not surrounded by a great metropolis. And there, I want to walk around, look at the trees, listen to the sounds of the birds, and have a nice relaxing time. That’s where I want to be right now.

Where do you want to be?

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19 thoughts on “City Living: I Want to Be in a Forest”

  1. Wow that sounds amazing and relaxing and surreal all at the same time. I live in Fullerton, CA — a suburb! I would love to live near a tropical jungle rather than a concrete jungle. =D

    – Emily

  2. I went to Matsumoto last month on holiday in Japan and we had a lovely walk in the forests around Tsumago. It’s not too far from Tokyo, and those Japanese trains are amazing, if a bit pricey.

  3. I grew up on an island, so I’m always longing for the ocean. The smell of salt and seaweed, sand between your toes, seagulls crying, the waves crashing… I get a little homesick just thinking about it.

  4. I’m looking forward to soon visiting my daughter in Hawai’i for several weeks. Although she is in Honolulu, which is not my favorite part of the islands, being able to see her for the longest stretch of time we have been together in the last five years will be more than worth it in having to be in a city rather than out in the countryside.

    1. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to go to the more rural areas of Oahu. But I guess it’s nothing like Maui, Molokai, or another island, is it?

      1. I haven’t ever been to Maui or Molokai, but I have been to Kaua’i and Hawai’i aka the Big Island, which have much lower population density than O’ahu. I think all the islands are stunningly beautiful. Even the city of Honolulu has lovely parks, beaches, and Diamond Head. I do love visiting the wilder places, though, such as the volcanoes and forests of the Big Island and Waimea Canyon on Kaua’i.

  5. I would love to go back to the Cloud Forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica. It was on par with that video accompanying this post. We spend 2 days hiking it… 10 hours in and 8 hours out. Amazing.

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