Urban Agriculture in Tokyo

Ten Unique Urban Agriculture Projects in Tokyo


A city known for Edo culture and cherry blossoms, Tokyo has long integrated natural beauty within a sprawling metropolis. Now the world’s biggest city supports more than 13.2 million people and imports 80 percent of its food, making the need for innovative and productive use of urban spaces – beyond beautification – more pressing than ever. Here’s how Tokyo’s most notable urban agriculture projects are combining Japanese cultural tradition, innovative technologies, and architectural design to create Edokko urban foodscapes.

Agrimedia Corporation

The Agrimedia Corporation operates 20 plot-share farms in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba, connecting beginning farmers with elderly former farmers who were forced to abandon their land. Groups of farmers share plots of 10 square meters for a US$75 rental fee, and receive resources such as seeds, tools, inputs, and technical advice.

City Farm Odaiba

Atop a roof on the man-made island of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay, City Farm grows melons, tomatoes, soybeans, and rice using traditional semi-aquatic conditions. Community members can participate in threshing events, cooking projects, and sake making courses.

Read the full article: FoodTank

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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