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Updated: October 11, 2019
Just a few minutes from Shibuya, Daikanyama is one of Tokyo's most desirable residential areas. The narrow backstreets are dotted with cool boutiques, cafés and clubs that attract fashionable young locals. Daikanyama T-Site bookstore has become a de facto community center, with regular exhibitions and artsy pop-ups.
Don't be surprised if you see street-style photographers snapping the stylish locals here. The small station is surrounded by cafés, juice bars and cosmetics stores, in keeping with the area's commitment to good living. Turn right from the station and head towards the main shopping street.
This beautiful store designed like a Japanese house, sells hand-printed cotton cloths, known as tenugui. They can be used as hand towels, place mats, napkins, gift wrap… think of them as “useful cloths”. The designs range from traditional Edo motifs to whimsical and contemporary, and they make perfect, portable gifts.
Meander through the backstreets to this complex with books and music, cafés, galleries and even a dog grooming salon. Daikanyama T-Site is three buildings full of books, magazines, vinyl records, movies, stationery and tech gear. Take a break at Anjin, the stylish lounge-bar-cafe, with live jazz in the evenings.