Tokyo Neighborhood: The “Upscale” Side of Daikanyama

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I’ve blog about the street art, now to complete the Daikanyama tour, we must face the inevitable and take a stroll along the upscale side of Daikanyama.

The term “upscale” is a terrifying word for me, honestly as much as possible I tried to avoid or spend less time on such places knowing that I don’t have anything to do over there. Then again, upscale or not I have to remind myself that there are location around the city worth discovering. So I awkwardly put on my camera and walked the other side of Daikanyama.

Home to everything expat related, Daikanyama’s main avenue of Hachiman-dori mainly consists of foreign embassies, posh restaurants and branded shops.
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For someone who don’t buy branded, admiring the window display was enough for me. I specifically like the Junie Moon shop with huge Blythe doll poster.
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The usual Shinto Shrine or Buddhist temple is replaced by Tokyo Baptist Church.
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The laid back atmosphere of Daikanyama makes it a popular venue for bridal affairs.
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Saigoyama Park is a popular green space for residence and the elevated view of the city is quite pleasant.
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Amidst everything modern and new at Daikanyama, it is refreshing to see something traditional and cultural for a very small entrance fee of 100 yen.

Kyu Asakura House is an example of a Japanese heritage home now open for public viewing. Considered as an Important Cultural Property, Kyu Asakura House is an example of Taisho era’s architecture.

The spacious garden adourned with stone lanterns, the natural light sneaking to the foliage of trees and the occasional visitors in kimono provide a sense of detachment from the urban ambiance of Daikanyama.

Kyu Asakura House is Daikanyama best kept-secret.
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Two blog posts about one Tokyo neighborhood, I guess that shows how worthy it is to explore the two sides of Daikanyama.

14 thoughts on “Tokyo Neighborhood: The “Upscale” Side of Daikanyama

      1. Sorry, that trip was five years ago! Too many places we want to see and not enough time. It’s been wonderful to relive our experiences there through your posts, and revisiting my photos. There is such richness there (and so many photos) πŸ™‚

  1. i think it sums up Japan a lot… having very traditional areas, yet very advanced cities like Akihabara as well!

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