Shimo-Kitazawa   下北沢

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Wedged between Tokyo and Setagaya, Shimo-Kitazawa is a trendy and lively neighborhood.

Wedged between Tokyo and Setagaya, Shimo-Kitazawa is a trendy and lively neighborhood.

The great escape

Formerly away from the electrifying agitation of some neighborhoods of the capital, Shimo-Kitazawa reveals another Tokyo, modern and trendy.

Torn between the call of the periphery and the immersion in the metropolis, Shimo-Kitazawa (in Setagaya) and its low houses hold some nice surprises, especially those wishing to get off the beaten path or the best-known itineraries in Tokyo. The quintessential lively district, Shimo-Kitazawa hosts art exhibitions and concerts. Bars and colorful shops of independent designers set the tone ... Young Janese people prefer this area with its many clothing stores. Here, in just a few years, the trends have multiplied. A must-see is the amazing shop Village Vanguard, a vast universe of manga and goodies.

Here in Shimo-Kitazawa, Tokyoites are more weloming, the theaters are friendlier and the stores less touristy, giving it the image of a trendy area popular with young people. Not to be missed if you get the urge to discover new things.

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