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Good market, very authentic, lots of brands

Well kept market and a surprising one, this market holds the place for different food stands as... read more

Reviewed May 21, 2017
Kfar Saba, Israel
A great area to explore: lovely local shops with a friendly welcome

We came here on our third day in Japan. Staying in Ikebukuro, it’s an easy train ride and a nice... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Oct 29, 2018
“A great area to explore: lovely local shops with a friendly welcome”
Jul 10, 2018
“Sugamo is no Prison!”
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

We came here on our third day in Japan. Staying in Ikebukuro, it’s an easy train ride and a nice way to become familiarised with the train system as well. If you’re after a more laid back pace, this is the place to go for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

I stayed in Sugamo. It's pretty blue collar but not grimy. Most of all there is a neighborhood feel to it and its very close to downtown Tokyo and other areas of Tokyo by train. It's very convenient by JR and Tokyo train systems. There...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 21, 2017

Well kept market and a surprising one, this market holds the place for different food stands as well as some good coffee shops and clothing shops prices are ok, nice variety of goods and a very nice stroll for some sunday afternoon the temple also...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed October 7, 2016

Sugamo has shops for the older set. There are all kinds of shops from household, clothing, food, etc. The street is deceptively long. We walked the entire route to the (Koshizuka Street). Don't turn back. There's a old fashion trolley at the end that takes...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

A place to visit in an evening. Nice shops and restaurants. Very enjoyable. We found there a shop where they sold purses made from scarves; those purses are very typical and unique, a cheap yet classy gift.

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

There's rental dvd shop there so I go there sometimes for dvds. Also good cheap restaurants there

Date of experience: January 2013
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

Lots of old people around, very quiet. Only here because my work found me a hotel here. But if you're in the area check out the shrines. Only 2 stops from Ikebukuro and about 15 min to Shinjuku on the Yamanote line if you're looking...More

Date of experience: April 2012
1  Thank RaniX
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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
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Katie J
London, United Kingdom
Locatation!! (14 Replies)
Is Sugamo a good location to stay?
May 27, 2017|
Response fromShibuyakko|
It's not the best but not worst either. Sugamo is not so touristy and gives you a local feel, it can be interesting. It's fairly convenient to get around as well.
Hagit E
Tel Aviv, Israel
Grand Festival of Togenuki Jizo (3 Replies)
Grand Festival of Togenuki Jizo When: Sep 2012 (various dates) , 8am-sunset Where: 3-35-2 Sugamo, Toshima-ku How can i know the exact days ?
July 09, 2012|
Response fromYobeekool|
The red underwear sold in the stalls of the Jizo is believed to keep you warm. You wash the Ojizo-sama, like you see here: http://traveljapanblog.com/wordpress/2011/12/japanese-ladies-and-the-sugamo-togenuki-jizo-巣鴨とげ抜き地蔵/
metro DC
Most interesting part of Toden Arakawa line? (3 Replies)
We'll probably be getting on at Sugamo Shinden station after visiting the shopping street on Jizo Dori (the Grandma Harajuku thingie). Should we head back towards Waseda or out to Minowabashi? Alternatively, we could go from Sugamo via some other transport back to Waseda and do the whole line out if it's that good. It's our first (and probably only) time in Tokyo. We don't speak Japanese, but we are OK w/ pointing and asking strangers for help. We want to do a few things that are a bit off...More
May 17, 2010|
Response fromyamanote|
Its been a while since I have been on the Arakawa line, but as I recall, Minowa is a bit more interesting than Waseda. Its a real shita-machi area, with an old fashioned shopping street.