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Address: , Setagaya, Tokyo Prefecture
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Perfect for a good break from Tokyo's hustle and bustle

Sometimes you can feel exhausted after a couple of hours using the transport hubs and its tentacular train stations and busy streets. On a Sunday afternoon, the boho area of Shimo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Every other place in the neighborhood was a hair salon. Most places are closed before noon (even coffee shops). Bars have ridiculous covers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Sometimes you can feel exhausted after a couple of hours using the transport hubs and its tentacular train stations and busy streets. On a Sunday afternoon, the boho area of Shimo can be the perfect spotor pre dinner drinks with a bit of shopping action. If you re into vintage and you're either European or from the US then you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I absolutely love Shimo!! It's a short trip from the craziness of Shinjuku (~20 or so minutes), and you step out into this trendy, relaxed area filled with shops and restaurants. Although I'm a foodie, and there is a really famous coffee shop here (Bear Pond Espresso), I've never eaten around here though the food options are varied and plentiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Young vibe, buzzing atmosphere and full of boutique and independent shops staying away from all the big corps.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Visited with family and old friend for lunch. Shimokitazawa is small town but beautiful and well placed in small allies. Small shops, food joints and coffee shop are everywhere and you have variety of options for the food. Old small market was a gem but got destroyed recently. Nice place to hang around with dear once on weekend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Over recent years when we visit Tokyo we try to include a suburb or area we haven't been to. This time we caught the train to Shimokitazawa. The reviews were right. A quirky suburb with interesting shops and restaurants that has got a new lease on life. Worth the 30 minute train ride. We were there from late morning as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Wonderful, cheap food. Great exploring. A travelers dream. Just walk around, and you will find everything your heart desires.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Shimokitazwa is the new Harajuku- except its still raw and full of japanese spirits away from tourist crowd. This is the place where local goes shopping, dine and chilling on their weekend. There are so many small-cute cafe-and unique concept clothing stores, and affordable man/woman saloon for you to choose from. Spend a good day here you will be impressed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This small place is amazing. We followed the route from the lonely planet book. The unique vintage shops, cute cafes and restaurants are amazing. Come here if you have time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This is a quaint neighbourhood and we enjoyed walking around and looking at the shops. There's quite a few restaurants here as well.

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