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Lets Go To Shimokitazawa! The Best Date Spots For Young Couples!

10/31/2016

Shimokitazawa is located few minutes away from Shibuya/Shinjuku station by riding Inogashira Line/Odakyu Line.

My impression about Shimokitazawa is there are a lot of unique stores gathered, and  it is Tokyo but has individual atmosphere. As it maybe because I grew up abroad, perhaps others will answered differently. At night, it is the place for music lovers. There are a lot of music bars, maybe you can see people walking holding guitar on their shoulder. At daytime, the atmosphere is different! There are a lot of small unique shops, such as general shops and second-hand clothes shops, and cafes.  I assume you will find the unique items at here!

From now, I want to introduce some shops I suggest you should go!

After you exit south exit, lets go to shopping street and get a Shimokitazawa like trend snicker!

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In the south exit, there is many restaurants, cafes, and few shoes shops are gathered.

I was thinking of introducing the limited snickers and collaboration items in Japan, but unfortunately I couldn`t able to find it  in this moment. There are collaboration items like with sport brands with the shoes stores , such as Asbees×converse and etc. Seem they release limited items suddenly in certain seasons, even the shop master can`t tell when! However, I found out there is rare new balance 990 in this shops, if its not sold out you should check this out! It is popular for snicker lovers.

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Please come by and if there is limited snickers that time, that it awesome!!!

”Koukishin no mori Darwin Room” (General Store)

”Koukishin no mori Darwin Room” is the place gathered with unique goods, stationaries, and old books related to natural science. It is perfect for people who loves nature arts. The cute wooden building is the image of the house in countryside of England, that Charles Darwin has lived. If you go thru the entrance door, you feel like you are touching the natures with unique animal sculptures.

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Detail:http://darwinroom.muse.weblife.me/list/shop.html

Nikkun Roll Shimokitazawa 

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If you are meat lovers you need to try this, Nikkun Roll. It is a rice ball wrapped with meat! The meat broth and sweet sauce that soak into the rice is extremely awesome! Feels like want to try all the flavors if I think about it!  Well, here is the different flavors you can try!

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Nikkun Roll:290yen (standard)

・Nikkun Cheese :320yen

・Nikkun Kimchi:340yen

Nikkun Tomato Cheese:350yen

Nikkun Takana:340yen

Nikkun Kinpira(burdok):340yen

Nikkun Natto:340yen

Nikkun Chili Oil:340yen

Nikkun Roll Cabbage:350yen

Nikkun Taramayo:350yen

This shop also broadcast thru media, it is now famous in all over Japan!

Please come by and try this taste!

Details: http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1318/A131802/13099819/

Toyo Garage Department Store  (General Store) 

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Tokyo department store is the place that have few original and handmade shops are gathered in one facility.

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When you enter, you can see hat store, few accessories and clothes stores. There are about 20 shops, and each shops sells unique items. They sells  cute accessories too,  I feel it is nice to visit if you like buying accessories!  

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If you go furthermore, there is one original carving jewely shop named,”IBUQUI.” I quite like this store that they sell unique accessories that you can`t able to find in other places!

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Detail: http://www.k-toyo.jp/frame.html 

Lets Change The Image! -Second-Hand Clothes-

Around here, there are few second-hand clothes stores. Each stores has different concept, you can check it out depends on what kind of clothes you like. Maybe you can find the rare items that you can`t find it in any other stores in this moment!

Flamingo 下北沢店 

This is one of the second hand clothes store in Shimokitazawa. The store has  pop exterior and interior; the concept of this store is,  “Clothes that regardness of age, and familiar to wear.” When you entered the store, it is full of accessories and clothes for girls who  loves fashion! The recent popular items are corduloy materials clothes. There are a lot of foreigners visiting this store every year and it is increasing. For Asian, they like cute and colorful items, for European they like simple clothes! The second hand clothes selected from US has from vintage to recent clothes with antique accessories. How about dropping by and take a look!

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Detail:http://www.tippirag.com/shopsyo_flamingo#

Little Trip to Heaven

The store have an image of flea market in Europe, with a cute exterior. The customers can find the second-handed antique clothes. The ladies and men vintage clothes selected from Europe and USA are gathered, and such as accessories, bags, dress hats etc. The staff who have full knowledge of vintage will help to cordinate for you.

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From “Little Trip To Heaven”, let me introduce few of the shop`s recommend items! The kind of like a Lolita fashion that have an flower motif dress is so girlish(picture on the left), that it feels like you have time slip to old age of Europe. More feminine, it is my recommend item! 

Furthermore, on the right side,  this second-hand clothes are different than the one I introduced to you.  It is ethnic, and very interesting pattern and stylish! I feel you can wear it more like an adult.


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Price:
・Dress: 25800yen+tax (Left)

・Chaina Coat Price: 15800yen+tax(Right)

Detail: https://www.bazzstore.com/unfashion-map/post-454/

 

 BIG TIME

Shimokitazawa outlet has an eye catching orange big signboard, and it is easier to find.

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If you entered, you feel like you are time slip to  a retro and peace atmosphere. There are both ladies and men clothes, from basic second-hand clothes to original import clothes, and mainly around the ages of 50th~90ths. The store atmosphere that fulfilled of high quality second hand items that buyer selected are attract you that might forget the time.  Other than the clothes, hats, shoes, accessories, furniture, bicycle, and housewares are available here, it is a total life style shop. "

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Here is the few styles I want to introduce!

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First, I will show you the coordinated style for men. The first one on the left is awesome!  It is coordinate with pants, denim and military jacket with shoes. The denim jacket matches the military jacket, it is not weird at all!

Price: From Left

①Military Jacket 7900yen +tax / Denim Jacket 16800yen +tax / Pants 4900yen +tax / Shoes 12800yen

②Beret 4500yen +tax / Cotton Shirt 8900yen +tax / Inner wear Cotton Shirt 4900yen +tax

Next is for girl! The  strip design long dress(3rd one from the left), that is cute and  mature is the one of the items I want to introduced. I feel that  this dress can wear in any kind of situation, not like the flower motif dresses. Moreover, it is not flashy, so I feel just wearing a small earings and this dress will makes yourself cute. In my opinion, I thought it is suitable for the person who have height, but any kind of people can wear.

Price:

③Hat 8900 yen +tax / One piece 12800 yen +tax / Necklace 3900 yen +tax / Belt 3500 yen +tax

④Sweat Shirt 6900 yen+tax / Belt 2900 yen+tax / Skirt 6500 yen+tax

I think you can`t find the second-hand used stores that has furnitures and housewares too. It is very interesting to look around! Moreover, please check the stylist of unique staff too!!! You maybe will realize and discover the new way of wearing the clothes!

Detail:http://www.bigtime.jp/index.html

Crepe Andrea

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It is a famous crepe store in Shimokitazawa. A lot of media have been broadcast this shop. There are varieties of tastes the customers can choose from the menus. The one of the crepe I was attractived is “Natto Coffee Jelly Fresh Whipped Cream Crepe.” I feel that I can`t able to find this flavor anywhere unless I come to this shop! Actually, this is one of the popular crepe. Are you not thinking  like”Ah! Combination with natto and coffee jelly?  That is discusting!”, right now? If I doubt it, you need to try this combination. It is really matches with the bitter coffee jelly and rich fresh whipped cream!! You must  try this taste!  

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Detailhttp://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1318/A131802/13001835/

Dinner: Magic Spice ~Soup Curry that can select 5 stages of spice~

 

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Magic Spice is the first established restaurant of soup curry. As you see the exterior of this restaurant, it is very unique, and if you enter the entrance you can experience the mysterious atmosphere. Soup curry was established in Hokkaido, Japan. In Hokkaido, there are few soup curry stores that you can enjoy! If you heard soup curry for first time, maybe you can`t imagine what is it like. Moreover, if you ask, ”What is soup curry?”, I only can say is soup but curry, and it is hard to explain. I feel that only the person who tried this can understand the taste! At this restaurant, there are 10 different flavors of soup curry, and you can add the spice from 7 different stages.

Spice:

・Awakening=Starter(70yen)

・Meditation(100yen)

・Ectasy(140 yen)

・Nirvana(200 yen)

・Paradise(210yen)

・Raputa(220 yen)

・Aumair=Spicy (270yen)

*Children and elderly people can also try.

It is very unique naming that we can understand the playfulness of the owner. Other than the spice, you can create your original taste and curry by adding 30 different toppings you can choose it from.

I have tried a chicken curry with nirvana. The curry has full of veggies and there is  one big chicken that you can satisfied your stomatch! The soup wasn`t heavy, it was light like as regular soup. Moreover, the spice wasn`t that spicy as expected! I asked “what stage do most customers have?”and manager answered, “first or second stage.” Seem that most people are quite scared to challenge the higher level, but I think  you can try the level I tried it!

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Unique store manager, Mr. Kato.

 

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Detail:http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1318/A131802/13004603/

Village Vanguard Shimokitazawa ~Find interesting items for souveniors~

%e5%a4%96%e8%a6%b3%ef%bc%97Village Vanguard is the book store that have a concept of “The book store can play.”

Except books, there are character goods, outdoors, mini cars, posters, CD, sweets, and household goods. It is the book store that has different taste, that provides playfulness.

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After you enter, there are alot of unique items gathered in this shop. You can find the items like it makes you laugh and or the original items, that you only can see it here! It is a place that you will not get bored, and good place find the best souveniors!  

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Detail: http://www.village-v.co.jp/shop/list/detail/?code=13

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Hi Everyone! Happy to see you all through this website! =) Are you enjoying our articles and Tokyo information so far? I luv traveling abroad! It will enlarge my horizon and I can learn and discover various things ! I feel you also do! What I like about Japan is the four seasons is very clear. We can say that we can be proud of traditional customs, manufacturing, gourmet etc. Also, the more you will know about Japan, I think you may discover more interesting things. Not only Tokyo, but also other prefectures. Tokyo is the capital of Japan and where can discover new trend everyday, but in another hands, you can see Showa era period and old shopping district. I assume that every time you come to Tokyo you can find and experience new things!! To discover the new things , and for those who came to Japan several times or who came to japan for the first time, I hope my articles will help your itinerary!!
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