Jiyugaoka is one of those neighborhoods that always have a “Sunday morning feeling”. The streets are spacious and lined with adorable cafes, boutiques, restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops.
Personally, I find it a great place to take a break from crowded areas like Omotesando or Shibuya.
The train railways divide the neighborhood in two halves. If you leave the Jiyugaoka Station through the North Exit, you’ll get to the rotary and have access to a lot of restaurants and shops. The South Exit takes you to Marie Claire and Green Streets (my favorites). Wander around, and then take a seat and watch Tokyoites pass by.
This is the Kumano Shrine, built 800 years ago. People visit this shrine to pray or just for the peace and quiet. Like all shrines, they sell protective amulets for health, good studies, or traffic safety.
How to get there? Take the Tokyu Toyoko line (train) from Shibuya to Jiyugaoka. Tokyu Oimachi line from Futagotamagawa (8min). By express train to/from Minato Mirai in Yokohama on the Tokyu Toyoko line express service (23 min), or the Hibiya Line to Nakameguro and then the Tokyu Toyoko line to Jiyugaoka.
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