Todoroki Valley Setagaya is a relatively unknown treasure lost in the heart of Tokyo. For locals, Todoroki Valley is a peaceful retreat from the noisy and crowded rut of big city life. Anyone who has experienced Tokyo rush hour on the trains knows how grinding that could be day in and day out. Having a spot like Todoroki Valley in Setagaya is super convenient and probably therapeutic in many ways. Essentially, you get almost a mile (about 1.2-1.5km) of a scenic walk along the Tama river, a hilltop park area for picnics, the Todoroki Fudo Temple, and Kuhombutsu Joshinji with its nine golden Buddha.
During the cherry blossom season it can be quite pretty, but more people will be there. The best time to check it out is late Spring on a weekday; except Golden week of course. A green area like Todoroki is perfect for dates, all you need is a bento and drinks. So if you are looking for a cheap way to enjoy an overlooked part of Tokyo, Todoroki Valley is a safe bet. Take the Tokyu Oimachi Line各停towards Mizonokuchi and get off at Todoroki Station, from there it’s about a 10 minute walk. Highly recommended!