HDE Advent Calendar Day2: My secret places in Tokyo

Hi there! This is Tomomi and I’m in the President Office.

I wanna start my post by asking you a question.
“Where do you go when you wanna refresh yourself?”

To answer this question, I would like to share with you my three favourite places to go!

1.Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷)

When you feel like escaping from busy days, Todoroki Valley is the best place to go!

It is located in Setagaya-ku and just 20 minutes away from Shibuya. Todoroki Valley is the one and only valley in Tokyo 23 wards. Even it is located in the metropolitan area of Tokyo, once you enter the valley, you will see the whole new world.


The valley stretches for 1.2 km along the river. While walking the course, you can enjoy different views in each season. In February and March, you can see plum trees. In April, you can see cherry blossoms. During autumn, you can enjoy red leaves. The beauty of nature is there. The air is crisp and clear. It’s very relaxing and refreshing.

As you walk along the path, you can reach to “Fudo no Taki”, a small waterfall and a temple called "Todoroki Fudōson" (等々力不動尊). If you would like to make a wish, this is a good place to do it. 


2.Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatories (東京都庁 展望台)

When you wanna refresh yourself, you might wanna go somewhere high. Then you might come up with an idea of going to Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Sky Tree. But you can also go to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building! This is one of my favourite places to visit and let me tell you why I like it. 

  • The place is located in Shinjuku, so it's very convenient to visit.
  • The entrance is free of charge. Meanwhile, other observatories charge you 1,000 to 3,000 yen. 
  • It is open until 11PM, so I can also enjoy a night view of Tokyo. 

The building has two decks (North and South) at 202m height. From there you can see landmarks in Tokyo such as Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree, and Roppongi Hills. If the weather is good and sunny, you can even see Mt.Fuji from there! 

I would really recommend you to go there as the view is amazing! This is worth visiting! 


3. Tokyo Mosque (東京ジャーミィ)

Tokyo Mosque or Tokyo Camii is located in Yoyogi Uehara, together with Turkish Cultural Center. This is one of the largest mosques in Japan and apparently the materials to build the mosque were brought by Turkey. 

Even you are not Muslim, you can still visit the place.



The first time I visited there, I was a high school student. It was a field trip to understand Islamic culture and I didn't know what to expect. But when I went there, I was stunned by how beautiful the place is. Since then I like to visit the place time to time. The place makes you feel that you are completely in a different world and I bet you will find a peace within yourself. 

At the same time, as this is a mosque, there are several things you need to keep in your mind. I would like to quote from the official website (

Tokyo Camii Mosque Manner Dress Code » Tokyo Camii - Turkish Culture Center

  1. Clothing should be modest for both men and women. For women, we expect an ankle length skirt or trousers, which should not be tight fitting or translucent, together with a long sleeved and high-necked top. Men also should not wear short pants. A headscarf is essential for women.
  2. Please notify us by the CONTACT FORM if you are visiting with a group of 5 or more people.
  3. Please take your shoes off before entering the Prayer Hall, and put them to the shelves inside the Hall.
  4. Please keep quiet inside the Prayer Hall.
  5. Permission from the Office is necessary for taking photos or video recording of any kind.
  6. Please do not take photographs during the prayer.
  7. You could observe the prayer, however, please be seated in the back of the Hall and do not walk around. The upper floor is for women only.
  8. Please do not bring any pets inside the building.

So these are my three favourite places in Tokyo! How about yours? 

Hope you get to know new places and will visit there sometime soon!

Thank you for reading!