This may sound strange but you can find rural areas in the western part of Tokyo metropolitan. In this post, I would like to introduce Sawai Station, a station of the Ome Line.
To get Sawai Station, ride trains about 2 hours from Tokyo Station. It costs around 10 USD for one way. You can enjoy the calm atmosphere or take part in outdoor activities such as rafting, bungee jumping, BBQ, etc.
Here are photographs I took around Sawai Station. Can you imagine these photographs were taken in Tokyo metropolitan?
In addition, you can visit one of the famous Japanese sake breweries in this region. It is Ozawa Brewery, which is known as the manufacturer of Sawanoi . The brand is named after the location, Sawai. Ozawa Brewery provides free guided tour at their factory 3 times a day during summer because of the daylight saving time. Daylight saving time is no longer adopted in Japan, but the factory adopts it. Except summer, they provide guided tours 4 times a day. Please keep in mind that the tour is so popular that you are advised to reserve a tour in advance.