Author: Richard Perkins
Photos/Videos Taken: 2021/08/02
Address: 1-22 Todoroki, Setagaya-ku,
In the Setagaya ward of Tokyo lies the 等々力不動尊 (todoroki fudōson), a Buddhist temple part of the Shingon sect of Buddhism that was founded towards the end of the Edo period (1603-1868). The Todoroki Fudōson is dedicated to the 不動明王 (fudō myōō). The Fudō Myōō is an incarnation of the Dainichi Nyorai (Buddha) that is said to scare those who are evil warning them when straying down the wrong path in life and helping them to return to the right path. The Todoroki Fudōson is a branch of 満願寺 (manganji), another temple in the same Setagaya ward of Tokyo. Off to the side of Todoroki Fudōson is a staircase. After descending these stairs you’ll find yourself in an area full of nature, it’s as if you're not in Tokyo. This is the 等々力渓谷公園 (todoroki keikoku kōen), a park that’s located in Tokyo’s only gorge. In 1933 this area was designated as an area of scenic beauty among the Tama river. Construction to strengthen and protect the riverbank, along with construction to build the path here was completed back in 1936.
A Japanese-style garden and a small traditionally styled Japanese building lie in the same area where the gorge lies. The Todoroki Valley Park is well-known for the cherry blossoms that bloom in the spring and for its autumn foliage. When enjoying the changing season not only can you view this traditionally landscaped garden, but you can also take a break on the veranda of the traditionally styled Japanese building and drink green tea that has been set out for visitors while viewing the beautifully landscaped garden. For those who’d like to view a slightly different side of Tokyo, the Todoroki Valley Park is one place worth visiting.