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“A beautiful & serene pocket of Tokyo...”
Review of Kagurazaka

Kagurazaka
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Kagurazaka Walking Tour
Ranked #8 of 379 things to do in Shinjuku
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

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.

6  Thank AinsLou
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I love this area. Lots of fun at night with a wealth of different food and drink venues to choose from. Go with a group of friends and have fun!

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Great restaurants, although expensive, an interesting crowd. Wish I would go there soon again - looking for a chance!

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Reviewed February 3, 2012

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.

11  Thank thekaz
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

You can still get glimpses of its unique past but the old Japan and long standing French influence here are being watered down by bland new development. The high spot is the modern Shinto shrine on top of the hill.

1  Thank StewieTokyo
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