Nakameguro is an area that you can get to without changing trains from Shibuya, Ikebukuro, and Yokohama. It's fun to explore the backstreets of Nakameguro, where some fabulous stores are hidden away. Some of these stores are frequented by Japanese celebrities! Here are five places where you can delight in the charms of this town.
1. COW BOOKS
You may want to stop in at the stylish bookstore COW BOOKS by the Meguro River and look for a book to pique your interest. This is a bookstore that focuses on books published between 1960 and the early 1980s, including books on art and photography and Western books. The store has bookshelves all along the walls and has tables and chairs so you can read the books there. You can even have a cup of coffee while looking for a book! The store also sells stylish items such as bookmarks and book stands.
Treat yourself to some sweets at a cafe in a renovated old backstreet residence decorated with modern Japanese aesthetics. Aoya serves primarily the Kyoto home-style cuisine of obanzai, using traditional vegetables procured from Kyoto and seasonal ingredients. It also serves a wide selection of homemade Kyoto-style sweets and is a place you can relax in both at lunchtime and teatime. The recommended sweet is the Aoya warabimochi (a sweet made with bracken starch, water, and sugar) (500 JPY), which is made in-store and is full of uniquely Japanese flavors. It is an outstanding sweet made with soy milk matcha chiffon, warabimochi, and anko (sweet red bean paste).
3. TRAVELER'S FACTORY
After taking a break in the cafe, why not go to a popular stationery store to make your very own notebook? TRAVELER'S FACTORY offers "TRAVELER'S notebooks" that become better with use. These refillable notebooks have simple designs with cowhide leather. However, there is a variety of items that can be refilled, including paper of various texture, writing utensils, zipper cases, and pockets. You can also add charms or stickers to customize them in your own style. You can also have your name embossed, so go ahead and make a one-of-a-kind notebook! The store also sells other carefully selected stationery goods!
TRAVELER'S notebook black: 4,320 JPY (incl. tax)
4. Tsuchiya Bag Co., Ltd. Douguten/Nakameguro
Japanese randoseru backpacks are attracting attention around the world for their design that combines functionality, sturdiness, and form. Take a look at these popular randoserus at Tsuchiya Bag Co., Ltd. Douguten/Nakameguro, a store that specializes in original randoseru and children's items. A large selection of randoseru meticulously made by hand using carefully selected high-quality material is displayed in the store. Be sure to note the sophisticated design and chic and elegant colors. (The randoseru are sold on order)
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Finish your stroll around Nakameguro with dinner at Otaru. This is a popular restaurant filled every night with customers. It is a down-to-earth, old school restaurant where the liveliness is comforting. The bonito tataki served with condiments and sauce (630 JPY), grilled Okhotsk atka mackerel (480 JPY) and motsu nikomi (sweet and savory simmered offal) (330 JPY) are some recommended dishes. There is also a variety of other dishes commonly served at Japanese izakaya restaurants. Enjoy them with drinks such as beer and sake.
Are you enticed? Nakameguro is full of trendy cafes and shops, as well as established, high-end stores. It's fun just to stroll around, so try to spend some time there.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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