Kagurazaka

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Neighborhood: Yotsuya / Iidabashi
Yotsuya and Iidabashi are areas that developed around the outer moat of the Imperial palace. Nearby in Kagurazaka, there is an old red-light district with a photogenic feel evocative of the ambiance of old Tokyo. Narrow paths with stone paving remain to this day, and there are long-standing restaurants with geishas and quaint old cafes in townhouse buildings.
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Imelda A
Honolulu, HI200 contributions
Jan 2020
Enjoyed the tree lined, quiet streets. It's a different world from famed Shibuya intersection. Best of all, the foods in Kagurazaka is what draws the crowd: kaisendon, large dumplings, orange cream taiyaki, cheese & wine samples from that lovely Italian store. There is a tinge of European charm which i hope will never disappear.
Written February 7, 2020
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K T
Toronto, Canada1,107 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited Kagurazaka in January 2020. This is my favorite part of Shinjuku, away from hustling and bustling downtown. Slower pace, peaceful, and many great neighborhood/Michelin rated restaurants. Highly recommend.
Written January 10, 2020
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Dennis A. Amith
California410 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
With two hours to spare before I met a few friends in Shinjuku, I decided to travel to the neighborhood of Kagurazaka, near Iidabashi Station.

Kagurazaka’s history goes as far back to the middle of the 16th century as the Ogo clan of Mt. Akagi (in the Gunma prefecture) moved to Kagurazaka to build the Ushigome Castle (where Koshoji Temple is currently located). The Akagi shrine was transferred from Mt. Akagi do the location and when the first shogun, Tokuagawa Ieyasu moved to Edo (Tokyo) in 1590, the Ushigome Castle was demolished.

When Sakai Tadakatsu built his residence in Kagurazaka, many samurai would live near Kagurazaka street, which is now the commercial hub known as Kagurazaka-dori street.

As my first time in the Kagurazaka area, the first thing I know is how the area is slightly on a slope but there are restaurants, shops and cafe’s near the station.

As everyone is going through the main road, as I did research of the area, learned that the main road of Kagurazaka was once the outer edge of Edo Castle. Back in the early 20th century, the area was known for its numerous geisha houses (which the area still has today). In fact, Kagurazaka is one of the Six Hanamichi (Geisha Districts) in Tokyo.

The area also has a pretty good population of French expatriates, thus the number of French eateries, bakeries and cheese shops in the area.

The location is also famous for its old and famous “ryotei” (which takes a bit of a walk to get to) but it’s where you will find quality/expensive “kaiseki” cuisine.
Written February 27, 2016
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thekaz
Washington DC, DC13 contributions
Aug 2011 • Solo
This is a great refuge from the surrounding busy Shinjuku. The main street, Kagurazaka-dori, has dozens of fancy cafes and restaurants, and talk a walk into some of the alleyways and you get a glimpse of the old beautiful history of the area when Kagurazaka was known for its geisha houses. Traditional Japanese stores, along with Pachinko, drug stores, grocery stores, etc. line up the street.

They say it is similar to Paris, and I can kind of see that. There's a large French expat population here, so that probably helps. The tall trees lining up the narrow street with tall buildings probably is why.

My favorite spot is Akagi Jinja, right next to the Kagurazaka-dori stop at Kagurazaka station on Tozai Line (Metro). It was recently redeveloped into a fantastic modern development by the famed architect Kengo Kuma, who is known to use clean modern Japanese lines, wood, and lots of natural light. It is an extremely beautiful development, and a very classy and unique tribute to Japanese heritage. There are not many shrines that look like this!

There is a cafe/restaurant at the shrine called Akagi Cafe, and it serves absolutely delicious food. The head chef is a great, young guy full of creative ideas. The coffee there is delicious, and again, the architecture is outstanding.
Written February 3, 2012
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Allison F
Cape Town Central, South Africa123 contributions
Mar 2014 • Solo
I enjoyed Kagurazaka's old world feel. It has a great mix of cuisine and the store that sells the oversized dumplings is in this area - tasty! Walking the narrow side streets you can picture the geishas making hurried small steps to their destinations. It's a pretty area with interesting stores that sell japanese sandals, kimonos, incense and handmade paper. It's a great escape from the typical tourist spots.
Written March 26, 2014
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore4,356 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Kagurazaka (神楽坂) is a fashionable shopping and dining district near Lidabashi Station of Shinjuku City. The area is well served by the JR Chuo Line and the Oedo, Tozai and Yurakucho subway line.
A good approach is to start one's trip by taking the sta. exit towards Ushigome Bridge. At the opposite side of the Ushigome bridge is the more than 700m street- Kagurazaka slopes. Kagurazaka has many slopes and back streets which make them a beautiful area to take a stroll.
The place has a significant French presence and a large variety of French cafes/restaurants can be found throughout the district, alongside a host of trendy and upscale Italian, Japanese restaurants and ryotei. Many of them are tucked away along the sides streets that lead off of the main slope.
Here you can see the old-style cobbled roads - ishidatami (石畳 いしだたみ) and the traditional Japanese wooden architecture. The streets are narrow and no major traffic here, wonderful.
We cut though a few of these Yokocho and especially the Honda Yokocho, lots of interesting finds in each turn & corner!
Kagurazaka is also scattered with dozens of stately Buddhist temples. One of the most prominent on the slope itself is Zenkokuji Temple, founded by the Nichiren School of Buddhism. There is also a Shinto presence, with Akagi Shrine at the top end of Kagurazaka
Love this place and we will be back but this time it will be for evening or night, to appreciate the spot better!
It is very near to Shinjuku so do make some time to discover the faded charm of Tokyo’s Kagurazaka neighborhood, with its cobblestone streets and traditional architecture.
Written July 28, 2015
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JulWil
Göteborg40 contributions
A mix of Europe and Japan with small shops and cafes that line the road from Kagurazaka station and down to Iidabashi Station. Exit Kagurazaka station and take a right and just walk straight and you will have a great time finding new favorite cafes and shops. There is Starbucks at the end of the road, near the river if you need wifi.
Written December 15, 2014
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TheSouthernSong
Bangkok, Thailand47 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
Tokyo is an amazing city, but it can be overwhelming. Whenever you need a break and want to stroll through a peaceful hillside community, go to Kagurazaka. Vintage bikes, kimonos hung out to dry, grandpas making street sushi, outdoor shrines no bigger than a pantry, temples and houses tucked away in secret gardens.

No building here is over 3 floors, and often the owners will let vines cover sides of their buildings (but as the Japanese do, they trim them immaculately). Completely walkable, the air feels fresher here due to low congestion!

Food here as always is excellent, and an adventure.
Written June 19, 2014
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Kim
Vancouver, Canada69 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
Lots of different flavours but with many traditional stores that sell handcrafted food and artifacts as well. Conveniently located between Lidabashi (E06) and Kagurazaka (T05) metro stations.
Written March 20, 2014
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AinsLou
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions
Jan 2013 • Family
This is a lovely little pocket of Tokyo.... Gorgeous tree lined streets, traditional Japanese houses, beautiful handicraft shops and French Cafes. Don't miss Paul's French bakery in the main street - not cheap but simply delicious - pastries as good as you will eat in Paris!

You don't need more than a few hours return trip, but if you have the time, don't miss it.

Great little walking map from one metro station to another in Lonely Planet.
Written January 1, 2013
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Kagurazaka - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)