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.
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.
Could it be that this is Italy’s Venice?
No, far from it. This too is Jiyugaoka.
I was so surprised to find a town that resembled the landscapes of Europe.
But, when I looked over my shoulder…
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.
In a shop plastered with English, there’s a restaurant that looks like it could be on a Hawaiian beach.
There are colorful building with pink walls, like walking the streets of Mexico.
Dry wood and white wooden shops are common scenery in England.
Red lanterns line Chinatown’s landscape.
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