Shimokitazawa (下北沢)

Shimokitazawa
Shimokitazawa is located in Setagaya, Tokyo and is usually considered to be one of Tokyo’s hippest neighborhoods among young people. The atmosphere and fashion is similar to the more popular Harajuku, but is usually less crowded and has a much more laid-back atmosphere. It consists of the neighborhood immediately surrounding Shimo-Kitazawa Station, where the Odakyū and Keiō Inokashira Lines intersect. Also known as “Shimokita”, the district is a center for stage theater and live music venues. It is home to the historic Honda Gekijō theater building. With its numerous cafes, unique fashion and music outlets, Shimokitazawa is popular with students and young people. – Wiki

Shimokitazawa
Since I was in the vicinity, so I decided to take a walk around the alleys near to the station to check out this place.

Shimokitazawa
Only in Japan, you can leave your kid outside while you pop in to buy some stuff. (Still not recommended though)

Shimokitazawa
Mannequins leading the way to the store.

Shimokitazawa
If you are into vintage and second hand clothes, this is the place for you.

Shimokitazawa
There was a shop selling cut label clothes and clothes from well known Japanese labels with defects. If you don’t mind about the condition of these clothes, they are going like 80% of the usual retail price.

Shimokitazawa
Second hand clothing shop.

Shimokitazawa
Besides trendy stuff, nestled in between are also shops selling Japanese snacks

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa
Really cheap fresh produce too.

Shimokitazawa
Really narrow alley that only allow for 1 vechile to pass through and imagine this with people streaming across the street too.

Shimokitazawa
Straw hats in trend for summer.

Shimokitazawa
Spoilt for choices if you are looking for some place to eat.

Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa
If you have time in Tokyo, why not take a few hours to visit this hippy town that is only 15 minutes away from Shinjuku Station.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. abraxis
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 06:12:14

    You should visit Daikanyama next. It’s nice, in an Ometesando kind of way.

  2. Xuan-er
    Sep 21, 2013 @ 18:00:02

    @abraxis: haha, yup..so many places to visit!

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