Just one stop on the express train from Shibuya, Shimokitazawa is one of the most laid back areas in Tokyo. Its second-hand clothes shops, live music venues, boutiques, and cafes are the reasons it frequently ranks as one of the top places to live for young Japanese. The south side has a little of the frenzy of Shibuya in its streets—crowded, chain restaurants, cheap clothes stores—while the north side is far more chilled out with a slightly hipster vibe. The north side is also one of the best places in Tokyo for buying second-hand clothes, and the self-labelled “vintage” shops would fool most into thinking that they were boutiques selling some obscure clothing labels.

The north side of the station feels a little like East London in places

Shimokitazawa is also known for its alternative or indie music scene with regular live performances at its many music bars and cafes. You could easily walk the entire area in an hour if you weren’t taking much time to stop. But that would be missing the appeal of the town.

Information
Location
Shimokitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo
« Google Maps »
Events & Festivals in the Area

Shimokitazawa Awa Odori

Late Aug 2022
Annual Awa Odori in Shimokitazawa. Dancers parade through the Ichiban-gai Shotengai from 6:30pm until 8:00pm before stopping for…

Kitazawa Hachiman Festival

Early Sep 2022
2-day festival held in early September that fills the streets south of Shimokitazawa Station. You can see the…

Shimokitazawa Tengu Festival

Late Jan 2023
Shimokitazawa Tengu Festival is a novel variation on the Setsubun theme, centering around Shinryuji Temple with a small…
You May Also Like

Shinjuku

Shinjuku (新宿) is a major transportation hub and commercial district in western Tokyo and, along with Shibuya, one…

Shuzenji

A small and quaint onsen town in the northern part of the Izu Peninsula

Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro is located in Toshima Ward about 4km north of Shinjuku. For high-school and university students living in…

Kappabashi Street

Commercial street famous for selling restaurant supplies where tourists can buy cheap crockery and “fake food”.