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Good for second hand shopping and late evening drinks

Japan is really expensive, but also houses some of the best fashion brands with Tokyo being the hub of it. You’ll probably have to survive on 200 Yen meal of rice and soup if you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Japan is really expensive, but also houses some of the best fashion brands with Tokyo being the hub of it. You’ll probably have to survive on 200 Yen meal of rice and soup if you shop in Shibuya, Shinjuku or Ginza. So, shop smart and head to Shimokitazawa – a small suburb on the western side of Tokyo famous for... More 

Thank shirinmehrotra
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I read rave reviews of this neighbourhood and went there this afternoon with two friends. It was a huge disappointment. The cafes are very expensive and dully imitative of other "uniques" cafes in the city. It was difficult to find something approaching interesting, let alone modestly priced. The restaurants also lacked interest, and are expensive. The antique and vintage shops... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was staying within easy walking distance of Shimokitazawa and visited a couple of times during my trip to Tokyo. It's easy to access from Shibuya. There's lots of bars, restaurants, arcades and vintage shops. I'd suggest visiting in the evening as everything tends to open late and stay open late.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Right near the train station are a million cool tiny bars. Checked out a couple and they are brilliant. Tiny with people smoking. Food available. Live music. Explore, enjoy, return. Spotted about 4 westerners and 3 million young Japanese folk. Vintage shops, records stores.

2 Thank spiceylulu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

This area is simply amazing. The vibe and atmosphere is very slow and easygoing compared to other parts of Tokyo like Shibuya or Harajuku. I would definately recommend it as a daytrip when in Tokyo. There are a lot of recycle stores/ thrift shops (they seem to be really popular, and the price really does reflect that). A used dress... More 

1 Thank Maria J
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Underwhelming. Shops selling a lot of overpriced second hand clothing. Lots of hairdressers & pharmacy stores and that's about it to the north. To be fair, we were with young kids so were limited in what we could do. The south looked fun if you're young, free, single and looking for a bar crawl. If you've got kids and want... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

Just wander around and look at the houses. Very peaceful, very typical, and very clean as elsewhere in Tokyo but this is how Tokyo people live.

1 Thank kostam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

This has such a different flavour to the big centres like Shibya or Shinjuku, Shimokitazawa is all two storey houses with vintage stores and quirky Cafes dotted throughout. If that's your thing, just take half a day to wander around and relax. It's a different pace to central Tokyo but no less wonderful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

This place is the equivalent NYC's SOHO area. Many trendy boutiques, shops, cafes. Lots of expats and very convenient to the train station. You will not go hungry in this area. You can spend the entire day in this area and still not see and enjoy everything it has to offer.

Thank 98dary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We stayed in the shimokitazawa area by renting a 3 bedroom house on Airbnb. It's 3 mins by train from Shibuya on the Inokashira line. The place is bustling with real Japanese shops. Restaurants and bars and further is the residential area. I'll go back there again than staying in shibuya or shinjuku.


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