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Shimokitazawa

Address: Setagaya, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #2 of 31 Attractions in Setagaya
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Northern California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Definitely a place to check out if you're into shopping. Don't get me wrong, it's not ALL shopping because there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to appease anyone. However, the majority of establishments are shops selling clothes. It neighborhood definitely has a laid-back feel to it though. The streets are narrow and were crowded when we visited. Here you'll... More

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singapore
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69 reviews 69 reviews
42 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Shimokitazawa, commonly called "Shimokita" as indicated in the JPNTO. A town exactly like a toy box, quiet, peaceful and pleasant to shop and walk leisurely. A nice place to shop without having too many shoppers and probably it is a weekday when I visit this place and unable to comment on weekends. The youths are trendy and we manage to... More

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Kawasaki, Japan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Shimokitazawa(I say Shimokita) is not a traditional Japanese-style place, but it's a place of chaos that you can feel modern Japanese culture. Many shops,cafes,restaurants,thrift stores,and small theaters lined on both sides of the narrow street, you can buy souvenirs and eat ramen,curry,and ethnic foods by cheap price in Shimokita. When you move to Shimokita,you should not use a taxi. Odakyu... More

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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Really nice overall atmosphere, couple of nice cafe's and so on, but basically the place only contains lot's and lot's of clothing stores. Was less hipster-y than I was expecting, and had less other interesting things shops etc.

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Helsinki, Finland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Neighbourhood packed with vintage clothing stores but getting more and more touristy. Spend a few hours clothes shopping, grab lunch and take the local train back to central Tokyo.

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Winnipeg
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82 reviews 82 reviews
41 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We rented an apartment in this cool area for 3 days. This allowed us to walk through the streets at leisure enjoying vintage shops, cafes, cat cafe, bakery and restaurants. The streets are bustling with people at any time of the day. We enjoyed getting to know this trendy area of Tokyo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Shimokitazawa is only 2 stations away from Shinjuku station by train, Odakyu line. Take the North or South exit and start to explore the area. There are small roads around the area but it is not difficult to walk because it goes in circle. Not only cloth shops but there are cute cafes too so if you are tired from... More

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a great low key neighborhoody neighboorhood filled with vintage stores, cool shops, and great cafes and restaurants. You could spend an afternoon here. Some describe it as a hipstery area, and while it has more personality than say, Shinjuku, it didn't feel quite as raw as other creative enclaves around the world. Still, it's worth a visit.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Had a blast at a cool restaurant called pia pia. Hung out with friends and talked story. It was an easy train ride from shinjuku and close enough to catch a cab back. Shopping is cool and different. Awesome to experience a different side of Tokyo.

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perth
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84 reviews 84 reviews
35 attraction reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We were fortunate to stay in this cool little neighbourhood town a few stops away from Shibuya. Small streets of boutique stores including vintage clothing stores, cafes and plenty of food places. The streets are small and although they can fit a car through I would say it is more like walking streets. The cafes in the area serve great... More

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