Near Akishima Station, only a 5 minute drive out the East Gate, is a huge “Outdoor Village” where you will find shops, food, and outdoorsy activities. Take a right out the East Gate and head towards MoriTown Mall.
Shops include Jack Wolfskin, Columbia, Mont-Bell, The North Face, Solomon, Coleman, Mountain Hardware and more. Many of the shops have boutique restaurants serving coffee and lunch.
There’s a giant rock climbing wall and a small man-made pond where people were testing out kayaks. And there were tents set up everywhere, for people to crawl around in. When I was there on a Saturday, there was a giant “convention center”-like space that had an open market, with local vendors selling fruits and vegetables. There were children driving around miniature Segways.
The website for the outdoor village is: http://outdoorvillage.tokyo. The hours are 11:00-20:00 on weekdays and 10:00-20:00 on weekends. GPS: 35.716617, 139.361475. It’s right next to the Harley Davidson Shop. There was parking nearby, you may have to pay.
I wasn’t able to do a ton of research, but there was a place called Play (a part of the village), which has an indoor and outdoor climbing gym, and yoga studio. The phone number is 042-541-3223. Please share any information you might have in the comments below. Michelle Nexon, July 2015.