Translated by Jasmine Nishino
Shimokitazawa - Getting To Know The Favorite Town Of Japanese Youth
Shimokitazawa is well-known for its vibrant culture, which is manifest in its unique shops, theaters, galleries, and live music venues. In this article, we introduce some of the places that are worth visiting in Shimokitazawa during the day.
Written by MATCHA
Shimokitazawa is a district in Tokyo's Setagaya ward loved by the young and old for its vibrant culture. Well-known for its fashion and vintage clothes stores, as well as for its interior goods and antique shops, Shimokita is a great shopping destination for those who seek unique items.
One of Shimokita's vintage clothing stores, located in the area around the North Exit of Shimokitazawa Station
The many theaters, live music venues, art galleries, cozy cafes and izakayas in Shimokitazawa are gathering places for like-minded people to hang out while enjoying good quality art and entertainment created mostly by independent artists. In fact, Shimokita is often called "the town of music", as there are arguably at least 50 live music venues in the area. It is also known as "the town of theater" because of its well-established theaters and annual performing arts festival.
Because Shimokitazawa has been the cradle of Tokyo's subcultures since the 1970's, you'll encounter a nostalgic side of this town underneath its popularity among the youth. It all adds up to the image of this town as being a hub for creative endeavors.
If you would like to explore this part of Tokyo but don't know exactly where to start, take a look at some of the places worth seeing in Shimokita introduced in this article.
Our guide will be A-chan, one of the youngest and most enthusiastic members of MATCHA's team. She will take us to some of the places that Shimokitazawa is famous for.