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A wealthy residential district before the counterculture movements of the 1960s swept over it, Nishi-Ogikubo leads a charmed existence as one of the more quaint neighbourhoods on the Chuo line. With express trains speeding past the station on weekends and holidays, Nishi-Ogi feels like a world away from busy Kichijoji only one stop further west: instead of big malls, multiplex cinemas or Starbucks, the area is home to quirky antique shops, rowdy gig spots, scruffy curry caffs and upscale apartment buildings.
Above all, Nishi-Ogi is heaven for local, independent businesses, including one of the best katsudon joints in town, an izakaya that draws patrons in with wagashi and owls, several galleries dealing in local artists' works, and a 'recycle shop' that doesn't even open until 9pm. Check out our top 20 picks of restaurants, shops, cafés and more, and delve into the depths of this wonderfully dreamy ’hood – or check out our Neighborhoods page for more area guides.