Neighborhood in Tokyo:

Shimokitazawa

About Shimokitazawa

Kitazawa is often called “Shimokita”. Often favored by young people, it is a great place for wandering and shopping. This street offers a refreshing break from the mainstream, and is the first stop for many stage actors and costume designers. It is also a great place to find many underground bands, independent troupes and non-mainstream artists. Small-scale theaters can be found in Shimo-Kitazawa including the Honda-geki Theater and Ekimae-geki Theater. SHELTER and Yaneura are also very famous. Shimo-Kitazawa, along with with Kichijoji, Sangen-Jaya, Jiyūgaoka, Naka-Meguro and Daikanyama, is featured heavily in TV shows and magazines – as the backdrop of the young and fashionable. Local streets, though narrow and small, are packed with grocery stores, vintage stores and fabric stores. In front of the north exit of Shimo-Kitazawa Station, there is a crêpe store called アンドレア(Andrea). The store is renowned as “The Crêpe Queen” in Tokyo. You can grab a crêpe to-go and wander the streets. You might even want to stop in to a rabbit café and play with all the cute, wee fluffy bunnies.

Sights in Shimokitazawa

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Shimokitazawa

The hip and young neighbourhood of Shimokitazawa can be found in the Setagaya area of Tokyo and is known for its theatre, live music venues, and its many cafes,

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Bear Pond Espresso

Bear Pond Espresso, run by New York trained barista Katsu Tanaka, is known for its syrupy espresso among coffee connoisseurs.

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Village Vanguard (Shimokitazawa)

Selling books, manga, strange toys, novelty sweets and random items, this chain of stores caters to the quirks and whims of collectors and pop-culture fans. Thi

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Soup Curry Cocoro

Cocoro is a soup curry restaurant that originated in Hokkaido.

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Garage

Garage is a music livehouse located in Shimokitazawa.

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Ushitora

Ushitora is a craft beer bar located in the Shimokitazawa area of Tokyo.

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Palazzo Cafe & Bar

Palazzo Cafe and Bar is located in Shimokitazawa. They serve a variety of food and drink at great prices.

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Rainbow Soko 3 (Shimokitazawa)

Recently opened in Shimokitzawa, this five-story building is the third "creative warehouse" owned by the rental space operator Rainbow Soko. The building offers

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Chabuton (Shimokitazawa)

Chabuton is a small chain of ramen shops that includes a vegetarian menu.

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Tenmaya (Shimokitazawa)

Tenmaya is a curry place in the popular entertainment district of Shimokitazawa.

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Shimokitazawa Liberty

Originally opening as a theater in May 2002, this space evolved into a counterculture theater in June 2010. Also available as an event space for hire, the theat

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City Country City

City Country City is a record shop and cafe close to the South Exit of Shimokitazawa Station.

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Asian Flavour Restaurant

Asian Flavour is an Indian restaurant in the Shimokitazawa area in Tokyo. They serve a good selection of curries, rice and naan.

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Bonitinha

Located in the popular district of Shimokitazawa, this tiny boutique sells a wide selection of vintage and bohemian fashion, home decor and figurines.

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Toyo Hyakatten Shimokita Garage Department Store

The Toyo Hyakatten Shimokita Garage Department Store is located in the Shimokitazawa area of Tokyo. They sell various types of goods from home accessories to je

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Flash Disc Ranch Records

Operating since 1982 and l​ocated in downtown Shimokitazawa, this record store is famous for its bargain-priced used vinyl, some of which costs only ¥100. Stock

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Frankie Melbourne Espresso

Located in the trendy Shimokitazawa neighborhood, this coffee shop sells Australian Melbourne-style coffee made from imported premium quality beans. One of thei

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Bookends Coffee Service

Established in 1958, Bookends Coffee Service serves fresh coffee, sandwiches, and homemade cakes. They also sell freshly roasted coffee beans from Chiba.

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Tobira

This restaurant located right by the west exit of Shimokitazawa station serves Thai cuisine. During the week, they serve lunch and dinner, on the weekends, they

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Shimokitazawa Alleyhall

Located 2 minutes from the Shimokitazawa Station, this facility offers several spaces and equipment available for rental. From pianos and mixers, to tables and

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Soundsgood

Accessible by Shimokitazawa Station, this shop sells American vintage toys. The items sold at the shop are handpicked personally by the shops's owner, who trave