- eat 吃 吃 먹다
- shop 店 店 가게
- stay 留 留 머무르다
- see 看到 看到 만나다
- Recommendation 建議 建议 추천 ★★☆☆☆
- Foreign Language Support 外語支持 外语支持 외국어 지원 ★☆☆☆☆
Shimokitazawa and Koenji, are places of self-style, peace and love, punk, rock and roll, and boutique shops and cafes with flavor. The more you wander the more treasures you will find so it’s definitely worth a look. Don’t be surprised if the shopping is actually affordable and the food cheaper compared to most areas in Tokyo.
You certainly don’t want to miss the Tokyo Koenji Awa-Odori (Folk Dance Festival) at the end of August (last weekend of August). Over 10,000 people of all ages, male and female, dress in kimonos and dance with more than 1.2 million onlookers, it’s a sure sight to see.
Nakano, on the other hand, is one of Tokyo's hotspots for subculture. You can find used clothes and live houses packed with youth. Ever been interested in anime or wonder what the big deal is? Make your way to Nakano Broadway. It’s got a presence now exceeding Akihabara as the sub-culture root of Japan, at least that’s what’s being said, but unmistakably a hot spot for anime lovers.
Odakyu Railway: Odawara Line
Keio Railway: Inogashira Line
Walk down a street, any street, and you will find unique shops here and there. If you want to grasp the sub-culture of the youth in Japan, or just a fan, visit Nakano Broadway, also known as the holy land of Japan’s sub-culture. Over 300 shops crowd this shopping center with anime figurines, comic books, and a whole lot of items for the “maniacs”. Don’t be shocked and awed at the rare collectable goodies you’ll find lined up one after another the higher up you tread each floor.
Before you get all caught up in excitement, be aware of how you got to where you are, because once you wander in and around the streets, it can be pretty difficult to get back, especially if you are stoked with all the goodies that are on display.