Todoroki Valley Walk / Todoroki Station / Setagaya
Todoroki Valley Walk
Famed for its 23 special wards and 26 cities, it’s tempting to think of Tokyo simply as one vast sprawling megalopolis and forget that it has more than its fair share of parks and green spaces. But when you’re in the mood for more than just a simple walk in the park, try making your way south west of the city centre to Setagaya ward where you’ll be rewarded with the delightfully green and bucolic Todoroki Valley, a peaceful and verdant trail of some 1.2km situated along the Yazawa River – a firm favourite for strollers and lunchtime local office workers. While the steep steps down to the valley floor aren’t suitable for everyone, once down, the temperature can be several degrees cooler – highly welcome in mid-summer.
Located near Todoroki Station on the Tokyu Oimachi Line (with signs directing you to the start of the walk near the Seijo Ishii supermarket), the walk is a feast for nature lovers with birds and insects, flowers, water features and statues, as well as pretty bridges, and the gentle Fudo Falls (much loved for Buddhist meditations). Here you’ll also find the atmospheric Todoroki Fudo Temple, dating back to the Heian period with its famous sakura cherry blossom trees in March and early April. Tranquility in the middle of the city.