Places such as Tokyo, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, and Asakusa, are popular destinations for foreign tourists. So then, where is the city popular with Japanese people? I visited Jiyugaoka, the town ranked second in “The Ranking of Places I Want to Live in Tokyo,” as chosen by Japanese people. Allow me to tell you about the charms of this town.
p class=”mgB40″>When you walk the streets of Jiyugaoka, so full of colorful art, you’ll think, “What a fashionable city.” Additionally, there’s many supermarkets, dining options, general stores, clothing shops, and home goods stores. It’s an easy place to live.
There are even more charms to this town.
p class=”mgB40″>Could it be that this is Italy’s Venice?
No, far from it. This too is Jiyugaoka.
p class=”mgB40″>I was so surprised to find a town that resembled the landscapes of Europe.
But, when I looked over my shoulder…
p class=”mgB40″>There were old, Japanese style houses. Japanese style and foreign style mingle in this town.
If you turn a corner, buildings from other countries will probably appear before your eyes.
p class=”mgB40″>In a shop plastered with English, there’s a restaurant that looks like it could be on a Hawaiian beach.
p class=”mgB40″>There are colorful building with pink walls, like walking the streets of Mexico.
p class=”mgB40″>Dry wood and white wooden shops are common scenery in England.
p class=”mgB40″>Red lanterns line Chinatown’s landscape.
p class=”mgB40″>I believe that seeing buildings from many countries in one town is one of the charms of Jiyugaoka.
There are still many places I would like to introduce, but it is fun merely to stroll the streets aimlessly and look at the buildings.
By all means, please try visiting Jiyugaoka.
Jiyugaoka is working on a city-wide “Jiyugaoka Light Wi-fi Plan.”
Even foreigners can use this free wi-fi to search for shop information, maps, coupons, etc.
1-9-8 Jiyūgaoka Meguro, Tokyo