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Updated: February 13, 2023
Just a 20-minute ride from Shibuya is Todoroki Valley, a relatively unknown spot that is ideal for nature lovers. A small river burbles through the ravine, flanked by verdant foliage that naturally turns down the heat. Walk along the wooden path with its natural canopy of trees up to an ancient temple, and stop off in an old sweetshop on the way.
The closest access point is Todoroki Station on the Tokyu Oimachi Line.
From Haneda Airport: 55 minutes by train.
From Narita Airport: Two hours and 10 minutes by train.
From Shinjuku Station: Take the JR Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station. From there, change to the express train on the Tokyu Toyoko Line to Jiyugaoka Station, then change to the Tokyu Oimachi Line and get off at Todoroki Station. Travel time: 40 minutes.
From Tokyo Station: Take the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line to Oimachi Station. From there, change to the Tokyu Oimachi Line and get off at Todoroki Station. Travel time: 45 minutes.
Wander along the small Yazawa River on a narrow wooden path across red bridges, and stumble upon small shrines. Head right and climb through clusters of bamboo to a small and grassy secret garden. Head left to Todoroki Fudoson—an ancient temple with gorgeous springtime and autumn foliage and a wooden viewing platform that overlooks the valley.
Take a break at Setsugekka, an old sweetshop in the park famous for kuzu mochi rice cakes. The surrounding greenery will make you forget you’re just minutes away from central Tokyo. Enjoy the cherry blossoms in spring, cool weather in summer, and autumn leaves in fall.