My Tokyo Guide
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Updated: April 2, 2018
Tokyo is a city of contrasts, and you can easily experience this in an easy half-day trip from Shibuya. Start off in a buzzing downtown area and finish up in a calm and leafy gorge in an accessible residential neighborhood.
For Todoroki Valley, board the Tokyu-Toyoko Line bound for Motomachi-Chukagai Station in Yokohama. Transfer at Jiyugaoka Station for the Tokyu-Oimachi Line bound for Mizonokuchi Station—make sure you take the local service—and alight at Todoroki Station.
Notice the temperature drop as you climb down the steps into Todoroki Valley and walk the narrow path that runs along the side of the Yazawa River. Cross a couple of bridges and look out for some of the local wildlife, including fish, ducks and little egrets.
Find the entrance to Todoroki Fudoson Temple toward the end of the valley, next to the Fudono Waterfall that was historically used for ritual purification. Climb up the steep staircase to reach the 900 year-old temple. The wooden viewing platform is a great place to see out across the valley and further into the distance.
End your trip to the Todoroki area with a climb to the top of a reconstructed burial mound at the Noge Otsuka Kofun—located in a well-equipped park with facilities such as tennis courts, a day-camping area and a children's playground. Ancient artifacts such as iron armor, copper mirrors, stone tools and jewelry have been unearthed here. On the burial mound, you will see drawings of where the four tombs had been found, and what was in them.