Anime & Manga February 18, 2015 6:18 pm

Shimokitazawa: Tokyo Spotlight


Anime & Manga February 18, 2015 6:18 pm

Shimokitazawa: Tokyo Spotlight


June In Tokyo: The Lowdown

Photo by: Yusuke Morimoto – 下北沢駅
Shimokitazawa (下北沢) is a fun Tokyo neighborhood filled with cool music venues, awesome shops, and excellent restaurants. Swarms of Tokyo hipsters are a common sight in Shimokitazawa, so if you want to see what the hip kids in Tokyo are wearing or what they do on the weekend, check out Shimokita. As someone who moved from Brooklyn to Tokyo, I see similarities to the infamously hip neighborhood Williamsburg, but definitely not as pretentious or annoying. There are a bunch of clothing, shoe, and record stores neatly packed within a few blocks and nightlife options abound.
Photo by: Taichiro Ueki – Shimokitazawa / 下北沢 #04

Shimokitazawa Neighborhood Highlights

The really great thing about Shimokita is that the hipster culture is just an accent and not the defining characteristic. Japanese culture still shines, with pop culture silliness sprinkled in for good measure as well. You will encounter a few arcades that are distinctly Japanese for example. J-Pop and “kawaii” merchandise are represented too, so you will get different slices of Tokyo culture in one stop.
Photo by: Shibuya246 – Shimokitazawa

Good Eats in Shimokitazawa

Cream puff workshop of Shirahige


One of the most popular places to get a snack in Shimokita is Cream puff workshop of Shirahige. They have amazing cream puffs, which look exactly like Totoro(super popular anime character). It is actually located closer to nearby station Setagayadaita, which is a pleasant walk through shopping streets.
Photo by: Naoko Takano – 白髭のシュークリーム工房

Dakokorosobaan

Creative and deceptively simple noodle soups. Not much to say except eat and be fulfilled; slurps not needed.

Moona

South Asian cuisine done well, with their own unique spin on a few favorites. Tummy comfort galore.

Shimokitazawa: Music Venues

Shelter

Shelter is a popular spot for indie acts to play. Prominent performers play here and therefore their cover charges are a bit higher than the other places mentioned below; but still cheap compared to most Tokyo live music venues.
Photo by: yoppy – Diesel Ann

Garage

Garage is a great place to see bands, without paying insane cover charges. Live music in Tokyo can be expensive, but Garage is good to your wallet.
Photo by: uzaigaijin – Hata Daisuke (H.EAT)

Live House: Fever

Fever is an awesome venue with an even better price point. Very affordable and their roster of shows is “indie” related, but varied in their styles.
Photo by: Jerich Abon


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Photo by: Yusuke Morimoto – 下北沢駅
Shimokitazawa (下北沢) is a fun Tokyo neighborhood filled with cool music venues, awesome shops, and excellent restaurants. Swarms of Tokyo hipsters are a common sight in Shimokitazawa, so if you want to see what the hip kids in Tokyo are wearing or what they do on the weekend, check out Shimokita. As someone who moved from Brooklyn to Tokyo, I see similarities to the infamously hip neighborhood Williamsburg, but definitely not as pretentious or annoying. There are a bunch of clothing, shoe, and record stores neatly packed within a few blocks and nightlife options abound.
Photo by: Taichiro Ueki – Shimokitazawa / 下北沢 #04

Shimokitazawa Neighborhood Highlights

The really great thing about Shimokita is that the hipster culture is just an accent and not the defining characteristic. Japanese culture still shines, with pop culture silliness sprinkled in for good measure as well. You will encounter a few arcades that are distinctly Japanese for example. J-Pop and “kawaii” merchandise are represented too, so you will get different slices of Tokyo culture in one stop.
Photo by: Shibuya246 – Shimokitazawa

Good Eats in Shimokitazawa

Cream puff workshop of Shirahige


One of the most popular places to get a snack in Shimokita is Cream puff workshop of Shirahige. They have amazing cream puffs, which look exactly like Totoro(super popular anime character). It is actually located closer to nearby station Setagayadaita, which is a pleasant walk through shopping streets.
Photo by: Naoko Takano – 白髭のシュークリーム工房

Dakokorosobaan

Creative and deceptively simple noodle soups. Not much to say except eat and be fulfilled; slurps not needed.

Moona

South Asian cuisine done well, with their own unique spin on a few favorites. Tummy comfort galore.

Shimokitazawa: Music Venues

Shelter

Shelter is a popular spot for indie acts to play. Prominent performers play here and therefore their cover charges are a bit higher than the other places mentioned below; but still cheap compared to most Tokyo live music venues.
Photo by: yoppy – Diesel Ann

Garage

Garage is a great place to see bands, without paying insane cover charges. Live music in Tokyo can be expensive, but Garage is good to your wallet.
Photo by: uzaigaijin – Hata Daisuke (H.EAT)

Live House: Fever

Fever is an awesome venue with an even better price point. Very affordable and their roster of shows is “indie” related, but varied in their styles.
Photo by: Jerich Abon


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Categorised in: , , , , ,

This post was written by Mathew Ryan