Nakameguro & Daikanyama

Nakameguro is one of Tokyo's trendiest neighborhoods and well-known for cherry blossoms along the Meguro River in spring. The river is a photogenic landscape when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

Many couples enjoy strolling along the river all the year round.

It is home to eateries, unique shops and cafes like Starbucks Roastery.

SATO SAKURA MUSEUM showcases Japanese-style paintings depicting cherry blossoms by Japanese artists. If you missed the cherry blossom season, you can enjoy a variety of Sakura pictures featuring famous Sakura spots in Japan.

Tansu-ya (Kimono shop)

Green Scape (Bonsai shop)

Starbucks Resesrve Roastery

"Kapuri" along the Meguro river

If you walk along the river from Nakameguro station towards Ikejiri Ohashi, you'll find Starbucks Reserve Roastery on your left. Have a break here!

If you plan to visit Nakameguro and Daikanyama, please start from Daikanyama on the hill side.

Daikanyama

Located just a 15-minute walk from Shibuya Crossing, Daikanyama is a trendy district and home to high-end fashion boutiques and stylish eateries.

The area is compact and can be comfortably covered on foot as many of the popular sites are only a few minutes' walk from the station and each other.

Here're some spots you shouldn't miss!

SNS at the Log Road

T-Site

T-Site is a literary complex featuring a wide variety of art and culture, comprising a bookstore with café and retail stores.

The site was a former residence of the Mito Tokugawa Shogun family during the Edo period.


Three building wings connect along Magazine Street which cuts through the middle at ground level. From this, six book departments branch out by category. T-Site is more than just a bookstore. You will find books, movies, music, stationery, and even a travel desk. Anjin Library & Lounge on the second floor sometimes has live piano music and there's a Starbucks on the ground floor.

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16-15 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Old Asakura House

The former residence of the Asakura Torajiro who served as Chair of the Tokyo Prefectural Assembly. The house, an Important Cultural Asset, is open to the public as a museum preserving the elegant old Japanese house in the early twentieth century. The house survived the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and WWII and is unusually well preserved as an example of the traditional architecture. You can walk in the beautiful garden with stepping stones and some stone decorations.

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29-20 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo


Hillside Terrace

This is a remarkable urban architecture designed by Fumihiko Maki in 1967. It houses museums, stores, a gallery and offices.

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18-8 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo


SHOPS:

  • The Log Road

  • Yamada Heiando - Japanese lacquer ware

  • Mina perhonen - Hillside Terrace G 1st floor, 18-12 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo


Yamada Heiando
~ Purveyor of lacquerware of the Japanese imperial household

Yamada Heiando is a Japanese lacquerware brand, with more than 90 years of history and tradition. Its extensive range includes everything from tableware to jewelry boxes. I often buy some small items as a gift to foreign visitors. Their products are appreciated by the Japanese Emperor and His Imperial Family, Foreign embassies of Japan, renowned shrines and temples, and major global enterprises.

Little Bonsai Shop