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Address: Sugamo, Toshima 170-0002, Tokyo Prefecture

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The Harajuku of Japanese Elderly

I made a small video of place to give you a better look at what you may expect https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpAZkx2yfZk The best way to summarise the place is as follow: The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
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Tokyo, Japan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I made a small video of place to give you a better look at what you may expect https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpAZkx2yfZk The best way to summarise the place is as follow: The Harajuku of Japanese Elderly! With friendly stores and people Sugamo Jizo-dori Shopping Street is everything what you expect about Japan and its everyday life, it is really a pleasant place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

They call Jizodori the "old people's Harajuku," which is accurate, but I'm 27 and I adore this street. You see it on Japanese TV every so often, reporters doing a profile since it's one of the few shopping districts in Tokyo that still carry antique-y stuff and traditional confections, chopsticks, etc. Kind of a hidden gem for souvenir hunters, since... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This place is mainly catered to seniors, mainly selling senior clothings but there are also sweet cakes shops, green tea shops and general stores. It is not crowded and not overwhelming like Harajuku / Shinjuku where its crowded with people. Clothing is also reasonably priced and is mainly catered to female seniors. Location : Sugamo is on the JR Yamanote... More 

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Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It is quite an experience. I went there more for curiosity than anything else, since most of the people describe it as "the cool place to hang out if you are an old lad". It almost does not feel like being in Tokyo city

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Although this place is branded for the old people and I am not so old to be a grandmother yet, I thought it would be interesting to visit the place. It is interesting, even for the very young! My friend and I tried the different pastries and biscuits that they were selling and bought some for our families back home.... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

You can easily find the street from Sugamo station JR line central exit, just across the street to the right (north). Stroll along the street, you can categorize the shops to ones selling dried fish, tea (green tea), elderly people fashion, handicrafts and food. If you are familiar with Asian style dried fish (sometimes salted or sweetened) there are plenty... More 

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Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Jizo Dori is quite easy to find from Sugamo Station, although it is a few hundred metres away. This is wear elderly Japanese come to do their shopping, the street is full of older people shuffling along, chatting up a storm and so on. It is famous for selling (very sensible) red underwear, which are popular with older people who... More 

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Brescia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

It's a very interesting place. It is called "Old people's Ginza" because there is always a lot of old people but I think everyone can enjoy the "Japoneseness" of this street.

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Kita-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

I visited ilke 3 years ago but I really live close from there. town for old people, called harajuku for old people!

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Las Pinas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Very interesting collection of shops. Great for window shopping as well as finding unique items. A great variety of merchandise to choose from.

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