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Updated: October 11, 2019
Close to Shibuya, this small town is popular with students for its live music, cafés and its abundance of quirky shops. There's a large concentration of excellent vintage stores here, along with secondhand records and handmade crafts. At night, explore small bars with live jazz or up-and-coming bands.
Served by the Keio Inokashira and Odakyu Odawara train lines, Shimokitazawa is easily accessible from both Shibuya and Shinjuku. The two lines actually cross each other, but one is elevated, and one is underground. Take the south exit to start your explorations.
You really can find anything in Shimokitazawa, and there are excellent vintage clothing shops all around the station. On the south side, try Grand Bazaar with a lot of '60s and '70s gear and Grapefruit Moon, specializing in menswear, with great accessories.
Circle around to the north side of the station to explore Ichibangai Shopping Street, with a great mix of vintage stores, traditional crafts and cafés. Don't miss the strong brews at Bear Pond Espresso, or take your tea while watching rabbits at Usagi no Ehon.