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Address: Sugamo, Toshima 170-0002, Tokyo Prefecture
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Quiet shopping street with many interesting shops

One of the quieter shopping streets in Tokyo, but still with many interesting shops. A great respite from the usual crowded bustling shopping streets in Japan.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

One of the quieter shopping streets in Tokyo, but still with many interesting shops. A great respite from the usual crowded bustling shopping streets in Japan.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

When you think you have seen it all that Tokyo has to offer check out some of the more unusual suburbs. Would certainly agree that Sugamo is the Harajuku for the older person. It seems like the escalators even ran a bit more slowly to accommodate elderly citizens. Great umbrella shop,in the shopping street which I felt impelled to buy... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Plan for a short visit if you have time, perhaps just to see the elderly life style of this part of Japan. Pretty much everything along the main stripe caters to the elderly. Very close to the subway.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is the Ginza of the eldery house... Only old fashioned shops and clothes. Not worth the visit if you are not in the area, except for the shrine.

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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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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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