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Top 3 Trend-Hunting Walking Courses in Daikanyama and Nakameguro

The Daikanyama and Nakameguro neighborhood is known for being filled with next-generation bookstores, a select shop from New York and other hip stores. It is a place where culturally evolved shops are concentrated, such as shops that sell refined fashion for mature customers, dining spots and general variety stores. It has also been getting a lot of attention as a town that is full of surprises, what with new shops seemingly opening every time you visit. However, one of the great ways to explore this area is to go around the different shops while leisurely strolling along the Meguro River. Here are the three best walking courses that involve strolling aimlessly in search of fashionable and fancy shops.

<1> Embark on a food trail that goes around hot shops

Holding one of the top positions in the list of “Neighborhoods Where People Want to Live,” the Daikanyama and Nakameguro areas also appeals to people for the endless debut of dining spots in the neighborhood. Walk around leisurely and find a place that serves sumptuous food!

This is HENRY’S BURGER, a joint run by a famous yakiniku (grilled meat) shop that has been enjoying rave reviews for its exquisite burger that boasts delicious taste thanks to patties made with coarsely minced Japanese Black beef carefully selected by butchers, and how carefully they grill the burger. You have to try its authentic wagyu burger that will treat you to a superb taste from the meat that is packed with everything that is special about this shop.


1-36-6 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Specializing in completely preservative-free purin (pudding) that uses Nihon Ichi Kodawari Tamago, a brand of eggs from Hyogo, Mahakala Ureshii Purinyasan is a place that brings happiness as a result of safe and delicious food. This shop’s biggest bestseller is the full-bodied Ureshii Purin (custard flavor, 390 JPY) that is made with plenty of egg yolks.

Happy Pudding MAHALAKA

1F Maison Aoba, 1-17-5 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Nakameguro Koukashita (Nakameguro Underpass) is a complex that brings together 28 unique shops over an approximately 700m area underneath the elevated railway tracks where trains headed to Yutenji from Nakameguro. At the Hara Torippa Seizosho, which is mainly known for its Italian-style motsu nikomi (stewed innards), you can taste a variety of dishes that display the culinary skills of Chef Hara, who has experience working at famous restaurants..

Udon Izakaya Niwakaya Chosuke, the pioneer of the udon izakaya (Japanese tavern serving udon) boom in Fukuoka, has also made its foray into Nakameguro, bringing with it such famous dishes as Tori Paitan Atsukake Udon (udon with hot chicken-flavored white broth). It has been drawing a lot of attention for its new setup sharing space under the railway tracks.

Nakameguro Koukashita

1- to 3, Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

<2> Walk along Meguro River that is famous for its cherry blossoms in spring

The area along Meguro River is a place where you can enjoy strolling in any season. Aside from the promenade lined with sakura (cherry blossom) trees getting really crowded with people wishing to view the flowers in bloom during spring, this riverside area is also frequented by guests in the summer for its fresh verdure, in the fall for its autumn foliage, and in the winter for its tranquility. Go and wander while exploring the fashionable shops in the area.

This is AOBADAI N_1221, located in a renovated traditional Japanese house that was built around 40 years ago, a shop that is famous for its vegetable dishes and natural-style wines. Here, the dishes are prepared with organic vegetables grown by the shop’s contracted farms. Its menu is filled with items that use generous amounts of vegetables, starting with the classic Avocado Yakisoba (fried noodles with avocado) (850 JPY) that has been a staple in the menu since the shop opened. Go ahead, relish delicious vegetable dishes and toast with wine in a fancy place along the river.


1-22-1 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

At Green Scape, an interior furnishings shop that mainly sells plants, there has always been a wide selection of mini bonsai, kokedama (moss ball) and other interior decoration items since the shop kicked off operation in 2005. Bonsai workshops and other events are also held here. Visit this place and try to find that green interior décor you want in this vast, open space along the river.

green scape

Serujie 102, 1-18-4 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

<3> Stroll around the popular stores in the area full of hybrid shops

Have fun in the promenade area where next-generation bookstores and mini specialty stores coexist, and enjoy new types of shops, such as a select shop from New York that mainly carries handpicked surfing gear!

This is Saturdays NYC in Daikanyama, a brand that originated from New York that has been drawing the attention of stylish people who love the city and nature. Inside this shop is an espresso bar, along with various items such as original apparel and accessories.

Saturdays NYC in Daikanyama

Daikanyama IV Bldg. 1, 1-5-2 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

This is Saturdays NYC in Daikanyama, a brand that originated from New York that has been drawing the attention of stylish people who love the city and nature. Inside this shop is an espresso bar, along with various items such as original apparel and accessories.

This is Daikanyama T-SITE, a place wherein several small specialty stores are linked by a footpath in a single space. It houses variety stores, cafes and other shops, with Daikanyama Tsutaya Books at the core. So, how about having a great time with a next-generation kind of vibe that allows you to linger while reading a book?

Daikanyama T-SITE

16-15 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 05.16.2017]

*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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