by Odigoer
  1. Home
  2. Tokyo
  3. Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa

Kitazawa is often called “Shimokita”. Often favored by young people, it is a great place for wandering and shopping. This street offers a refreshing break from the mainstream, and is the first stop for many stage actors and costume designers.

It is also a great place to find many underground bands, independent troupes and non-mainstream artists. Small-scale theaters can be found in Shimo-Kitazawa including the Honda-geki Theater and Ekimae-geki Theater. SHELTER and Yaneura are also very famous. Shimo-Kitazawa, along with with Kichijoji, Sangen-Jaya, Jiyūgaoka, Naka-Meguro and Daikanyama, is featured heavily in TV shows and magazines – as the backdrop of the young and fashionable.

Local streets, though narrow and small, are packed with grocery stores, vintage stores and fabric stores. In front of the north exit of Shimo-Kitazawa Station, there is a crêpe store called アンドレア(Andrea). The store is renowned as “The Crêpe Queen” in Tokyo. You can grab a crêpe to-go and wander the streets. You might even want to stop in to a rabbit café and play with all the cute, wee fluffy bunnies.

More about Shimokitazawa

Top spots

1|imageslim

Shimokitazawa

The hip and young neighbourhood of Shimokitazawa can be found in the Setagaya area of Tokyo and is known for its theatre, live music venues, and it...Read more

  • directions_walk
    Sightseeing
87 by 22 viewers
1|imageslim

Mintei

This long-established Chinese and ramen restaurant has been operating for over 40 years. Mintei is a cheap and perennial favorite with the music an...Read more

  • directions_walk
    Food & Drink
94 by 1 viewers
1|imageslim

Rojiura Curry Samurai

Located near Shimokitazawa station, this restaurant is affiliated with Hokkaido's Samurai soup curry chain of eateries. Dishes can be customized – ...Read more

  • directions_walk
    Food & Drink
92 by 2 viewers
1|imageslim

On The Way

Fascinated by the Australian coffee culture, Shingo Fukuda trained as a barista overseas and in four cafes in Tokyo before opening his coffee shop ...Read more

  • directions_walk
    Food & Drink
91 by 3 viewers
1|imageslim

Magic Spice (Shimokitazawa)

Located close to Shimokitazawa Station, this restaurant specializes in a variation of Sapporo's soup curry, flavored with Indonesian, Indian and Ne...Read more

  • directions_walk
    Food & Drink
90 by 1 viewers
1|imageslim

Shirohige's Cream Puff Factory

Shirohige specializes in cream puffs in the shape of Totoro from the animated film My Neighbor Totoro and other baked goods. The owner, wife of Di...Read more

  • directions_walk
    Food & Drink
87 by 2 viewers
1|imageslim

Soup Curry Cocoro

Cocoro is a soup curry restaurant that originated in Hokkaido.Read more

  • directions_walk
    Food & Drink
86 by 0 viewers