Walking Around Residential Areas – Setagaya

One of the tips that I usually give people that come to Japan for the first time is to “not to worry” too much and wander around without a clear destination in mind. One of the things that I enjoy the most about living in Tokyo is to get lost with my camera in residential areas. The residential areas don’t have anything special like tourist attractions do, but that’s why I find them so cool and charming.

These are some of the photos that I took around Setagaya in Tokyo. I’m not saying that you should go to Setagaya, any residential neighborhood in any Japanese city has a similar spirit: small houses that look like they have been taken out of a Doraemon or Shinchan episode, low-rise buildings, narrow streets where almost no cars pass, a lot of green areas, stressed out people going to the supermarket riding a bicycle…
Explore and get lost in any neighborhood near your hotel when you come to Japan! 🙂

Trivia: Setagaya-ku is the second largest district in Tokyo after Ota-ku and was the neighbourhood chosen by Akira Kurosawa to “retire”.

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More photos of my walks around Tokyo in my Flickr and in my Instagram

Walking Around Kameido

Kameido is a neighborhood in east Tokyo (JR Sobu line from Akihabara to Chiba) which is not very touristy but it’s worth to take a stroll around its alleys. Nowadays the eastern part of Tokyo is the youngest and most lively part of the city (Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, etc), however during the Edo era the areas west and south of the Imperial Palace were the busiest ones.

Even though Kameido, in east Tokyo, was destroyed during the Second World War it still maintains certain aura of past times. Kameido is very popular for its gyoza and horumon ホルモン restaurants.

Kameido

Kameido
We had dinner in this yakitori restaurant where we had some delicious shiitake.

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido
A new thing about Kameido is that from many parts of it you can easily see the Tokyo Sky Tree.

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Kameido

Tokyo's Guitar Street

Ochanomizu is a must-see location for guitar lovers that come to Tokyo. Ochanomizu is a street plenty of shops, some of them occupying whole buildings, specialized in guitars and string instruments in general.

Guitar Street in Tokyo

Guitar Street in Tokyo

Guitar Street in Tokyo

Guitar Street in Tokyo

Guitar Street in Tokyo

Guitar Street in Tokyo

Guitar Street in Tokyo
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