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Address: Sugamo, Toshima 170-0002, Tokyo Prefecture

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巣鴨 is a shopping district along Yamanote Line and neighborhood in Toshima, while Jizō-dōri (地蔵通り)is a favored shopping street for the “older” generation (the area is known as the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I'm a senior so looked forward to the "senior's Harajuku". We didn't see much in the way of eccentric dressers but the shops are so interesting. The street vendors offered delicious foods; we ate at a restaurant along Sugamo Jizo dori and it was wonderful - we were shocked that once you sit in the restaurant you can't hear the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

巣鴨 is a shopping district along Yamanote Line and neighborhood in Toshima, while Jizō-dōri (地蔵通り)is a favored shopping street for the “older” generation (the area is known as the "Harajuku of the old ladies"). The district's popular 800 meter long Jizo Dori shopping street famously caters to the elderly. No offence but probably in lighthearted comparison to the Harajuku district's... More 

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brisbane, australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We spent a pleasant hour wandering down Jizo Dori known for catering to elderly clientele. A flag showing the location of the nearest defibrillating device confirmed we were in the right place! We found a hole-in-the-wall shop noted for their good croquettes and bought a couple of delicious menshikatsu. Nearby we were greeted by a friendly older shopkeeper who sold... More 

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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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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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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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Address: Address: Sugamo, Toshima 170-0002, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Toshima>  > Ikebukuro

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Ikebukuro is an area of massive development. Several thousand tenants occupy two giant department stores and shopping malls, where all sorts of shopping and gourmet foods can be enjoyed. The 60-story building at the east entrance of the station, Sunshine City, is a landmark within Ikebukuro and features an aquarium, planetarium, theme park as well as an observation platform. The popular name for the western side of this area is "Otome Road" (Maiden Road) and there are many shops selling products related to anime with a female theme. It has rapidly become the worldwide headquarters for ‘otaku’ or geek culture.
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