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A Pleasant Stroll in Shimokitazawa 「下北沢の散歩」

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!

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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.

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shimokitazawa

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shimokitazawa

shimokitazawa

shimokitazawa

Since Shimokita is a little less mainstream than Shibuya, Harajuku or Daikanyama, it’s also a little bit cheaper and more laid back.

shimokitazawa

shimokitazawa

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.

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shimokitazawa

shimokitazawa

shimokitazawa

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.

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shimokitazawa

shimokitazawa

 

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 ♡

 

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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.

All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!

 

4 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing the neighborhood while it’s still here. It does look fun.

    • This was the neighborhood for artists but it’s slowly changing. Guess that vibe will disappear after they build the ugly malls. It’s too sad when places with character just fade away. Does Seattle have a neighborhood like this Paul?

  2. Seattle is losing a lot of its funky vibe as tech workers move in, as Microsoft and Amazon spread out, It’s happening in my own neighborhood of Capitol Hill – cheap apartments are being torn down to build high-rent condominiums,

    Your photographs of Shimokitazawa remind me of Georgetown, a neighborhood at the southern edge of Seattle. It used to be an industrial area, but now contains a lot of artist studios, galleries, second-hand stores, and yes – coffee shops.

    • Like I said, too sad 😦 I’ll google Georgetown so I can have a peek of the Western Shimokita. Thanks for stopping by Paul

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