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A town of subculture, Shimokitazawa, what is it like?

A town of subculture, Shimokitazawa, what is it like?
Source: b-o-y.me
Located in the northeast part of Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, with fashionable stores around, Shimokitazawa is a very popular area among the young. There are cafés, secondhand clothing stores, small theaters and concert facilities, and art schools. It is very famous as a town of subculture. Today, I am going to introduce the charm of Shimokitazawa
Tokyo | Shimo-kitazawa Station
(Updated on: May 10, 2017)

[access]
1: by Odakyu Line train from Shinjuku station (150yen, 7 minutes by express train)
2: by Odakyu Line train from Sagami-Ono station (330 yen, 33 minutes by express train)
3: by Inokashira Line train from Shibuya station (120 yen, 4 minutes by express train)
4: by Inokashira Line train from Kichijoji station (170 yen, 12 minutes)
[What it is like?]
Shimokitazawa consists of bustling shopping districts such as Minami-guchi Shotengai, Shimokitazawa Shotengai, Ichibangai Shotengai, and quiet residential areas. Various stores, restaurants, and cafés can be found, and secondhand clothing stores are especially famous here. There are many of them. Now, let’s take a look of those stores.
[secondhand clothing stores]
1: HAIGHT&ASHBURY
It is famous for its high quality items, and a rumor says that some TV celebrities visit this store. So, you might have a chance to meet your favorite TV celebrity here.
・2 chome-37-2, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku (2nd floor)/ 12:00-22:00

2: VALON
It offers a wide range of items and has many fans of all ages. Because it often appears on fashion magazines, many people talk about it.
・2-25-8, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku/ 12:00-20:30
Tokyo | Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031
3: NEW YORK JOE
It owns another store in Kichijoji, and offers various items at around 1,000 yen. It has a 50%-off sale on the first Sunday of the month.
・3−26−4, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku/ 12:00-20:00

4: RAGLA MAGLA
It owns three stores in Shimokitazawa. It offers a wide range of items, like famous brand products and vintage items. Most of them are sold at 990 yen. The clerks and the atmosphere of the store are really nice.
・2 chome-30-3, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku (2nd floor)/ 12:00-23:00
Tokyo | Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031
A town of subculture, Shimokitazawa, what is it like?
[general stores]
1: Limone Antiques
It offers many antique items from the Taisho era to the Showa era. The nostalgic flair might give you a time-travel-like feeling.
・2-1-7, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku/ 11:00-20:00

2: peche
It offers products that grown-up female customers think cute, including imported products and one-of-a-kind items. Let’s find a present for someone.
・2-27-2, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku/ 12:00-20:00
Tokyo | Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031
A town of subculture, Shimokitazawa, what is it like?
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3: SAME BUT DIFFER
This is THE general store, which offers various kinds of items. Because people of all generations may find something they like, it is a good place to buy some gifts.
・Haitsu Kitazawa 1B, 2-7-3, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku/ 12:00-21:00

4: Tokyo Retro a.m.a.store
It offers mainly nostalgic products from 1970s. There are many items that are not influenced by today’s trends.
・3-34-2, Kitazawa, Setagayaku/ 13:00-21:00
A town of subculture, Shimokitazawa, what is it like?
Source: tabelog.com
[cafés]
1: bio ojiyan café Shimokitazawa
It is a rare café that offers us “ojiya (a kind of porridge of rice).” This restaurant has an atmosphere of a warehouse and some art works on the wall. “Tamago (egg) Ojiya” is highly recommended here. It is served with sausage, deep-fried bread, “nori (dried seaweed),” and sesame. This restaurant also offers nice desserts and alcohol beverages. So we can visit here on various occasions.
・open: 11:30-23:30
Tokyo | Japan, 〒155-0033 Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, Daita, 5 Chome−35−25
A town of subculture, Shimokitazawa, what is it like?
Source: tabelog.com
2: Trois Chambres
This is one of the long-standing cafés in Shimokitazwa, started 30 years ago. Its nostalgic atmosphere is very relaxing. This is an ideal place for adults to enjoy quiet moments with some books and coffee.
・open: 9:30-23:00
Tokyo | Japan, 〒155-0032 Tokyo, Setagaya, Daizawa, 5 Chome−36−14
A town of subculture, Shimokitazawa, what is it like?
Source: tabelog.com
3: Blikje Button
Its concept is “an art studio in a Western-style building.” Here, we can enjoy an atmosphere that is really suitable for Shimokitazawa, a town of subculture. It has a private space made with the image of a traditional Japanese theater, and staying in this place itself is very exciting. As for the food, pizzas of French Alsace-style are recommended.
・open 12:00-23:00 (last call for food 22:00, for drinks 22:30)
Tokyo | Japan, 〒155-0031 Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, Kitazawa, 2 Chome−14−7 下北沢セントラルビル
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