Tokyo Neighborhood: Summer Breeze at Jiyugaoka

On one hot and humid Saturday afternoon, I went to explore the streets of Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, to get a glimpse on why the mere mentioned of the place often elicit a response from my Japanese colleague as “nice but for rich people” and why the district is always voted as one of the most desirable place in Tokyo to live in.
jiyugaoka
jiyugaoka

A typical walking course at Jiyugaoka starts at the south exit of Tokyo Toyoko/Minato Mirai Train Line station where Marie Claire Street is located. Appropriate with its name, Marie Claire St. consists of rows after rows of boutiques and saloon catering for women.
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Parallel to Marie Claire Street is Jiyugaoka’s most famous street- the Green Street. Lined with trees and benches for people to relax, this is the particular spot where I finally understand peoples desire to live in Jiyugaoka- simply sitting at the park bench is comparable to the feeling of resting at your own backyard- something that is not available on most houses in Tokyo.
jiyugaoka
jiyugaoka

Complimenting with the over-all beauty of the Green Street is the wall art of Jiyugaoka Ryokudo Art Gallery.
jiyugaoka
jiyugaoka

Across the wall art are series of old photographs serving as a poignant reminder on how the district used to look like. The architectures might be different but the over-all vibe is the same.
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I think the fact that the train line is the same level as the roads and where you have to wait for the train to pass by in order to cross the street added to the district over-all appeal.
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From south exit via crossing the train track will bring you to the north exit part where a more typical Japanese district setting is expected. Pachinko slot, isekaya, Japanese sweets shops, coffee shops and more pubs.
jiyugaoka
jiyugaoka
jiyugaoka
jiyugaoka

Here are some of the shops I came across as I circle the whole surrounding vicinity of Jiyugaoka Station- Toyoko Line/Minato Mirai Line.

Rolling Stone t-shirts.
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Electric fan, please.
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Summer Clothes.
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Kids toys.
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My second favourite shop after the 100 Yen shop – the All 315 Yen shop.
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Umbrella.
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Film photography enthusiast- a place to process your exposed rolls and purchase a new one-Popeye camera.
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More high end shops.
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Dare to break a few rules? Be reminded that they are watching.
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Who doesn’t want to live in a district where it feels like weekend everyday? Not necessarily that your house is a bungalow with a full ocean view but simply a neighborhood within the city that offers that coveted peace and quiet for an afternoon nap, though within the same neighborhood a quick walk around the block will bring you from art galleries to coffee shops to home craft store and if you are looking for more fun, then maybe the pachinko across the street will cheer you up.
jiyugaoka
jiyugaoka

Folks, that is Jiyugaoka.

27 thoughts on “Tokyo Neighborhood: Summer Breeze at Jiyugaoka

    1. hey, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too! hope you had a great holiday break.
      sorry for the super late greetings and response 🙂

  1. I sat in those benches in the sixth picture two years ago! 🙂 I lived not too far from Jiyugaoka as a baby — Den-en-chofu, just a train stop over — so my mom would always shop in that area and push me around in my stroller as I’d take in everything. Great pictures as always — I always enjoy looking at them. 😀

  2. Jiyugaoka is one of my favourite spots in Tokyo, it’s really nice and most of all my favourite hair dresser has his salon there. Every visit to Japan = at least one visit to Jiyugaoka =)

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