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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.