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Ancient landscapes colored by the four seasons

Theme of the Scenic Route


Todoroki Valley has been designed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as a "place of scenic beauty," and is the only valley within the 23 wards of Tokyo that is rich in nature, with many plants growing from the abundant water supply and terrain. This journey lets you experience the ancient landscapes and lifestyles of Japan in the Gassho-zukuri village of Gokayama, a World Heritage site where people still live today.

Official Tokyo Travel Guide

Local government official website

Haneda Airportmore

Haneda Airport
The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area



Todoroki Valleymore


Todoroki Valley
This 1km valley, situated at the southern tip of the Musashino Plateau, is one of the few valleys in the Tokyo area.
Go down the steps at the entrance to Golf Bridge, a 3-minute walk from Todoroki Station, and find the walking trail that follows the Yazawa River downstream.
Hear the rustling of the Japanese zelkova, konara oaks, and dogwood trees in the breeze, the murmuring of the river, and the wild birdsong; so close to nature you would never think you were in the city.

20 minutes by train (non-JR lines)

Meiji Jingumore

Meiji Jingu
The shrine was established in 1920 as a dedication to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and the Empress Dowager Shōken. The extensive forest around the shrine in the center of the city was created artificially by planting a hundred thousand trees donated from people all over the country.
The shrine attracts the greatest number of worshippers every year during hatsumode over the New Year period.

15 minutes on foot


MIYASHITA PARK was created as a new type of multi-functional facility in front of Shibuya Station, that combines a park, shops and a hotel. It has become a place for conveying culture and a center of exchange, and is bringing excitement to the Shibuya area and Tokyo.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area



Tokyo Stationmore

Tokyo Station
October 2012 saw completion of the preservation and renovation work on the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. The red brick facade long loved as the symbol of Tokyo Station has made a comeback, along with the history and grandeur of the original building dating nearly a hundred years back. The occasion also saw the reopening of Tokyo Station Hotel and Tokyo Station Gallery. The former is the only hotel situated within an important cultural property of Japan. The interior is designed in a sophisticated, classical European style to blend with the splendor of the Marunouchi Building exterior.

JR Hokuriku Shinkansen

Toyama Station

20 minutes by train (JR)

20 minutes by train (non-JR lines)

Amaharashi Coast more

Amaharashi Coast
The view from the bay overlooking the reefs, or of the 3000m-class Tateyama mountain range seen from Toyama bay are breathtakingly beautiful, and change with each season.

20 minutes by train (non-JR lines)

80 minutes by bus

Gokayama Gassho-style villagemore


Gokayama Gassho-style village

Take one step and slip back in time to the unspoiled landscape of the Gokayama Ainokura Gassho-style village which is located at the southwestern tip of Toyama Prefecture, Nanto city where the traditional houses are called “Gassho-zukuri(Gassho-style)” with the thatched roof. The architectural style was originally developed many years ago. Gassho-style village is registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site along with Shirakawa-go. You forget time, and get surrounded by the scenery of the four seasons, you find yourself tranquil for some reason. The village is lit up daily and for every season, and is not to be missed! Captivated by this fantastic space, you find it incredibly satisfying.

60 minutes by bus

20 minutes by train (JR)

30 minutes by train (non-JR lines)


Kurobe Gorge Railwaymore

Kurobe Gorge Railway
A small open-car train that runs across the largest stone gorge in Japan. Open-car trains have a history spanning nearly 100 years. This was initially built as a means to carry workers and supplies for the Kurobe River electric plant development. Today it is one of Japan's famouns tourist trains, and allows you to enjoy different sceneries in each season and the onsen at each station overflowing with rustic beauty.

120 minutes by train (non-JR lines)


Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Routemore

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
This is an alpine sightseeing route that passes through the Japan Alps with a series of mountains over 3,000 m in height. Visitors can enjoy a series of dynamic scenery by traversing the area in cable cars, ropeways and trolley buses. There are numerous courses ranging from those for beginners to experienced climbers, with routes offering easy hiking to serious mountain climbing. Other than that, along the alpine route are Japan's tallest dam, Japan's oldest mountain hut, Japan's highest altitude station, and a variety of other No. 1 sightseeing spots.
The route offers full enjoyment of the dynamic scenery that nature has to offer during different seasons of the year.

100 minutes by bus

JR Hokuriku Shinkansen

Tokyo Station

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