Shimokitazawa’s relaxed bohemian vibe is a welcome respite from Tokyo’s fast-paced, frenetic energy – and yet it’s located surprisingly close to the city centre, just three minutes away from Shibuya Station on the Keio-Inokashira express line.
The neighbourhood, affectionately known as Shimokita by the locals, is an incubator for small, independent businesses and it known for two things: its treasure trove of vintage fashion and its love of vinyl records. In between stores selling one or the other – sometimes both – is a vibrant community of quaint cafés and cool restaurants scattered throughout Shimokitazawa's small streets and alleys.
So start your visit with a stroll down Ichibangai for some thrift shopping, then make a pit stop at one of the many soup curry restaurants Shimokita is famous for, and end your day at Bonus Track for a drink or two. A chill day out in Tokyo, sorted.
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