Sunset in Shimokitazawa

You know there’s a lot to do in a city when it takes me until Day 10 to just start looking into thrift stores. My first few days in Tokyo were filled with the youzh – visiting the Shinjukus, the Shibuyas, and the Shinagawas – but now it was time for another nearly-unpronounceable “Sh” neighborhood: Shimokitazawa.

Shimokitazawa is the go-to neighborhood for hipsters – and I know a sentence like that either attracts you or makes you want to stay far away – but really, if you like thrift stores, vintage shops, and an industrial, artsy feel for a neighborhood, come through. If you feel like central Tokyo is a bit restricting in terms of street fashion and Harajuku a bit too mainstream, Shimokitazawa is a much-needed getaway for fashion finds. This first picture should be enough to convince you alone.

Here’s my Sunday, at sunset in Shimokitazawa:

Shimokitazawa | Friendly hipsters wanting their photo taken

Shimokitazawa | parking lot

Shimokitazawa |hipster central

Shimokitazawa |So cool it hurts

Shimokitazawa |What's hipster without under construction?

Shimokitazawa |Welcome to Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa |Hipster, underground vibe

Shimokitazawa |Shops and Stores

Shimokitazawa |Japanese store

Shimokitazawa | Minamo

Shimokitazawa |Japanese vending machines

Shimokitazawa |Under-construction

Shimokitazawa |Like mother, like son riding bikes.

Shimokitazawa |Flamingo thrift store

Shimokitazawa |Flamingo Thrift

Shimokitazawa |990 Yen Store

Shimokitazawa |Cheap thrift stores in Tokyo

Have you ever been to the Tokyo hipster neighborhood Shimokitazawa?


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  • raissaemail

    I’d love that place! Did you pick up those heart shaped sunglasses for Jo? I’dtotally see her in those..or me for that matter.

  • Meidelynn Ooi

    Went to Tokyo earlier this January and discovered Shimokitazawa and I absolutely loved it!! Reading your posts about Japan makes me wanna go back again!

  • I’ve been several times – I LOVE it! How cute are the Flamingo stores!! I just wish I had brought more money to actually do some more shopping! There’s always next time 🙂

  • Carlès Carmona

    What lens did you use for those neon signs?

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