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Shimokitazawa

ShimokitazawaCalled “Shimokita,” Shimokitazawa is a small but highly-popular town among young people. Having unique fashion stores, used-clothing stores, and variety stores, the town is perfect for walking. While there are many fashionable cafés and bars, old Japanese-style pubs and eateries are also bustling with people, creating a very unique atmosphere. Shimokita is also known as a “theater town” with many small theaters and live concert houses.

Model Walking Route

Shimokitazawa Map

Shimokitazawa Map

sightseeing spots

Theater Town

Theater Town

Honda Theater is one of the most famous landmarks in Shimokitazawa. This theater with 386 seats was established by Kazuo Honda in 1982, the main reason this area became known as“theater town.” There are many other small theaters, such as The Suzunari, “Geki” Shogekijo, and Minitheater KYO. If you find any play you may be interested in and go see it, and you may find a future star!

Café Town

Café Town

One of many things you can enjoy in Shimokitazawa is unique cafés. “bio ojiyan café” is a one such unique café where you can eat ojiya (rice soup). A sports café, “es Café/Dining,” with a 100-inch screen for viewing sporting events offers a good rice omelet dish. Japanese café “Tsukimasa” offers Japanese tea and Japanese sweets in a casual atmosphere, and sells tea leaves perfect for souvenirs.

Used Clothing and Fashion Town

Used Clothing and Fashion Town

There are many stores selling used clothing and fashion items, including “Big Time” for basic fashion items, “Grapefruit Moon” for fashion novices, “Spooky?” with various adorable items,“Haight&Ashbury” which attracts celebrities with its high-quality items, “New York Joe” located where a public bath used to be, and “Stick Out” which sells all used clothing items for 700 yen, as well as well-known “We Go” and “hanjiro.” Don’t miss any!

Shopping

Village Vanguard

Village Vanguard

This variety store with a concept of “playful bookstore” sells a variety of goods, including CDs, accessories, interior items, party goods, and character goods, as well as books and magazines. It is like an overturned toy box.

http://www.village-v.co.jp/( External link )

 

 

THE STUDY ROOM

THE STUDY ROOM

This scientific variety goods store with a concept of “knowing and learning” offers about 4,000 kinds of items, which are intellectually stimulating and fun for both children and adults, including models of dinosaurs, insect samples, globes, human medical models, stethoscopes, and non-stop spinning tops – to name just a few.

http://www.thestudyroom.co.jp/( External link )

Shimokitazawa Station Grocery Market

Shimokitazawa Station Grocery Market

Once stepping into the market area, you may feel like you have entered a time warp and gone back several decades in time. There are old-style stores and grocery stores under the elevated railway tracks. This area is mostly empty during daytime, but busy and bustling at night with food stalls, like those selling oden.

Shimokitazawa Gourmet Guide

(Map:a)Magic Spice

Magic Spice

This curry restaurant is the most famous one among many soup curry restaurants in Shimokitazawa. After scoring a big hit with the soup curry dishes in Sapporo, Hokkaido, where the restaurant started, it made inroads in Tokyo.You can choose vegetables and toppings from a wide variety of options, and spiciness from seven levels.

http://www.magicspice.net/framepage11.html( External link )

(Map:b)Village Vanguard Diner Shimokitazawa

Village Vanguard Diner Shimokitazawa

This hamburger shop designed and managed by a popular sundry goods store is good for adults. Enjoy home-made hamburgers with special sauce and buns in a fashionable store decorated with post-modern furniture. You can try various labels of world-famous beer and Hawaii’ s famous Lion Coffee.

http://www.village-v.co.jp/diner/( External link )

(Map:c)Toriton-kun

Toriton-kun

Enjoy a Japanese-style pub at a reasonable price! This pub serves various food items for reasonable prices, such as yakitori (skewered grilled chicken) and yakiton (skewered grilled pork) for 95 yen and up. It also serves home-made smoked items, which are all delicious. Shochu (Japanese distilled beverage) drinkers will be highly satisfied with more than 100 kinds of shochu.

http://five-group.co.jp/shop/sho_03.php( External link )

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