The Off-Track Boroughs of Tokyo – Exploring away from the Crowds | My Romantic Travel

The Off-Track Boroughs of Tokyo – Exploring away from the Crowds

Nestled within the bustling metropolis of Tokyo lies a collection of lesser-known neighbourhoods that offer a unique glimpse into the city’s rich tapestry of culture and history. Beyond the neon lights of Shibuya and the serene gardens of Shinjuku, these districts unveil a Tokyo that is both modern and steeped in tradition. Exploring these lesser-known gems promises an unforgettable journey through the heart and soul of Tokyo.

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Often overlooked by most guidebooks, this charming district, affectionately known as “oshare na machi” by locals, meaning “a stylish and sophisticated place,” is a bustling hub of fashionable boutiques, trendy cafes, and narrow paths that evoke the atmosphere of Europe’s most fashionable cities.

Shimokitazawa epitomizes the hipster scene. With its bohemian vibe and relaxed atmosphere, the area exudes urban cool, featuring numerous hipster coffee shops, lanes filled with secondhand and vintage fashion, cosy eateries, record stores, and live music venues. Its energy is unmatched in Tokyo.

The history of this district dates back to the Edo period when it flourished as a prominent hanamachi (geisha district) with many restaurants and geisha houses, some of which still stand today. Its winding cobblestone streets, charming atmosphere, and the plethora of exquisite French cuisine mean it’s a place to dazzle.

Tokyo’s up-and-coming neighbourhood with a thriving creative scene and a hub of alternative youth culture. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, this cosy area radiates a relaxed vibe, where shoppers leisurely hunt for vintage treasures and local izakayas hum with the sound of glasses clinking. It makes for a great stop from any Azabu apartments, including but not limited to theΒ Oakwood Apartments Minami Azabu Tokyo.