Edited by Holly Stark
Tokyo’s best kept secret, Sangenjaya, is the epitome of a true Tokyo neighbourhood; infused with natural beauty in its tree lined streets is an old, homely feel. The local population evidently appreciate style, and down-to-earth chic coffee shops, bars, tea houses, restaurants and bakeries are scattered through the Sangenjaya, Tokyo streets, allowing a glimpse into the charming, quaint and calm vibe of the neighbourhood, which seems miles apart from the busy, raucous pulse of Tokyo’s centre streets and fast paced districts like the Shinjuku neighborhood. The district has an air of traditional Japan, but also takes influence from the nearby Shibuya, with a vibrant edge, and Shimokitazawa, known for second hand clothes, handmade creations, a romantic atmosphere and a hippy vibe and alternative edge. Located in Setagaya ward, in south-west Tokyo, Sangenjaya straddles Tamagawa-dori Avenue with its elevated Tokyo Shuto Expressway Route 3, slightly south of Shibuya.