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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

TOKYO Nakameguro A prosperous vista of culture and class, with a touch of Europe

A prosperous vista of culture and class, with a touch of Europe

Nakameguro, and the area around it, is rapidly becoming one of the hottest neighborhoods in Tokyo. The area strikes a unique balance between luxury and the bohemian lifestyle. For scenery, shopping, hairstyling, dining, cafes, art, music, you name it—this is a daytime and nightlife hotspot.

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  • The dazzling river walk
  • Shops and dining galore
  • Leagues of unique people and places

How to Get There

Nakameguro is a quick 5-minute jump from Shibuya by train.

Take the Tokyu-Toyoko Line, just one stop from Shibuya on the train bound for Moto-Chukagai. Nakameguro Station is also a stop on the Hibiya subway line. Or you can catch the number 41 bus from Shibuya. From Nakameguro Station, the gorgeous river path is just across the street.

River romance

The best place to feel those Nakameguro vibes is along the banks of the Meguro River. You'll be transported to another land on this European-esque walk of wonders. Boutique shops, cafes, and fantastic dining options line both sides of the river.

But it isn't too highbrow. In fact, the low-key, casual nature of the area makes it easy to take it all in slowly, so let your curiosity lead the way.

Whether your wallet is deep or shallow, there's plenty here to see, experience and taste.

Ring in spring

The charm of the river walk is amplified tenfold in spring when the cherry trees bloom. Nearly every tree along the riverside will explode with cherry blossoms when the time is right, forming a tunnel of flower over the river, and the mood is definitely celebratory. One of the best places in Tokyo for flower viewing.

Stay until evening when Nakameguro kicks its spring celebration into high gear. The trees are illuminated by lanterns, and the entire stretch of river becomes lively with festival cheer.

The next generation springs forward, too

Nakameguro is uber-fashionable. This hip neighborhood is home to a lot of youthful celebrities, artists and fashionistas.

Conveniently, many of the riverside cafes offer terrific views of the promenade outside–it's great for people watching. The lively sensibilities of the inhabitants here can be inspiring.

Go west, young man

Tokyo's ultra-fashionable neighborhoods have shifted westward for many years. From Ginza to Aoyama, and then to Daikanyama and Nakameguro, something fashionable, trendy, and hip is here now to see.

On the surface, it's a bustling downtown neighborhood with smalltown charm. But dig a little deeper and you'll find a thriving counterculture.

The difference is not in the shop fronts but in the details. In bookstores and music shops, you'll find a range of eclectic choices that are unique. What may seem to be an ordinary cafe or restaurant may be one that specializes in fermented foods and beverages. The used-clothing shops, too, are a good place to see that the neighborhood inspires individual tastes, rather than those of cliques.

What you will experience in Nakameguro is very dynamic. It may portray a more independent and international Japan than you expected. Go with an open mind and prepare for a surprise.

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