Shimo Kitazawa

Shimo Kitazawa (しもきたざわ/下北沢) is a trendy place town with plenty of second-hand shops, bars, record shops, interesting fashions and nice cafes and restaurants.  It’s where all the cool, young people hang out!

Budget travel tips

  • The best way to experience Shimo Kitazawa is to walk around randomly and just soak it in.  The streets are so narrow and numerous that a map is not much use, so just enjoy walking down any street that looks interesting.

  • Shimo Kitazawa has many free or cheap events through the year.

Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

It’s best to try something in nearby Shinjuku.

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How to get there

From Shinjuku, take the Odakyu line (private line) to Shimo Kitazawa station (7 mins, 150 yen).

From Shibuya, take the Keio Inokashira line (private line) to Shimo Kitazawa station (6 mins, 120 yen).


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.