Shimokitazawa is a very cool neighbourhood on the western side of Tokyo.
Shimokita, as known by locals, is well-known for small independent fashion boutiques, second-hand and vintage fashion retailers, cute cafes, theaters, bars and live music venues. There are many narrow alleys and streets surrounding the station… perfect to explore them on foot!
Simokita train station divides the area in two parts: North and South. I started exploring the North Exit first. It has an edgy and cool atmosphere. It reminded me a bit like Yanaka, where you can find lovely boutiques right next to warehouses and old homes.
Since Shimokita is a little less mainstream than Shibuya, Harajuku or Daikanyama, it’s also a little bit cheaper and more laid back.
I then crossed the railways and walked around the South. The southern part is where you will find the live music venues, “pachinko” and arcades centres, tattoos parlours and the well-known Honda Gekijō and Suzunari theaters.
I had Lunch at Kate Coffee, a very cool and relax cafe in Shimokitazawa (South Exit). This is probably one of those places frequented by Shimokita’s locals. I didn’t stay long but it felt like you can order a cup of coffee, grab a book from the Cafe’s bookshelf and stay there for a long while.
My suggestion when you visit Shimokitazawa? Come here with no plans. There are so many places to check out, you’ll soon discover those things that tick all the boxes in your list.
Thanks for a lovely afternoon Shimokita ♡
Sadly, there are redevelopment projects underway, so who knows how much longer Shimokitazawa will be this bohemian neighbourhood 😦
How to get to Shimokitazawa? From Shibuya Station take the Inokashira Line and from Shinjuku Station take the Odakyu Line.
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