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Updated: May 17, 2019
Neighbor to bustling Shinjuku, head to Kagurazaka and discover the discreet charms of one of Tokyo's oldest neighborhoods. Lined with traditional craft and souvenir shops, restaurants and sellers of Japanese confectioneries, the area's main sloping street once marked the outskirts of Edo Castle. Kagurazaka is a former prominent geisha entertainment district and remnants of this fascinating culture exist in its cobbled backstreets today.
Home to much of the French expat community, Kagurazaka is one of the best places in Tokyo to dine francais. You'll find everything from French pastries to backstreet bistros, along with Japan's first creperie and Michelin-starred restaurants.
Veer back to the main street of Kagurazaka and you'll see the commanding red pillars of Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple in your sights. Founded by shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa and relocated to its current location in the late 18th century, this temple is a Kagurazaka hub.