2. Shimokitazawa

This urban, hipster neighborhood located in the Setagaya District, offers a bohemian-retro experience with roots deeply embedded in Japanese farming culture. Shimokitazawa survived World War II air raids and became a market source for second-hand goods sought by U.S. soldiers. Popular among younger people for its numerous vintage clothing shops, small music venues, and laid-back atmosphere, Shimokitazawa was once selected by Vogue magazine as the “coolest” neighborhood in the world. Take a 20-minute walk south of the Shimokitazawa station to see Tokyo’s lucky cat temple, Gotokuji, the birthplace of the maneki-neko, a Japanese lucky charm.


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