Explore like a Tokyoite! Take a walk in Suginami, Tokyo
With great access from Shinjuku and other central Tokyo areas, Suginami is a popular residential area with abundant nature. Therefore, it is a place where you can feel the daily life of Japanese people, which is unseen at famous tourist sites. Featuring 4 stations on the Chuo Line in Suginami, including Nishi-Ogikubo, Ogikubo, Asagaya, and Koenji, this article introduces recommended walking routes starting from these stations. Find the one you like, and start from there to visit Suginami.
If you are interested in antiques and curios and sundry goods, visit Nishi-ogikubo.
・Boite (7 min. on foot from the north exit of Nishi-Ogikubo Station)
A store selling French items and goods, reflecting the owner’s passion.
Business hours: 11 am – 8 pm
Address: Nishiogi-kita 4-5-24, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
・NorthWestAntiques(2 min. on foot from Boite)
This shop offers a wide variety of retro furniture, antiques, and other items, both Japanese and Western.
Business hours: 11 am – 6 pm
Address: Nishiogi-kita 4-18-6, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Rakuda(1 min. on foot from NorthWestAntiques)
At this shop selling antique glass, lamps, and furniture, you can appreciate “wa (Japanese style).”
Business hours: 12 pm – 7 pm
Address: Nishi-ogikubo 4-35-8, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
If you are into Japanese anime and manga, visit Ogikubo.
・Inazuma Cafe(4 min. on foot from the north exit of Ogikubo Station)
A cafe restaurant with lots of illustrative drawings from manga on white walls. It also offers a popular “latte art.”
Business hours: 10 am – 10 pm (L.O. 21:30)
Address: Amanuma 3-27-10, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo Polytechnic University Suginami Animation Museum(18 min. on foot from InazumaCafe)
The first museum in Japan that deals with every area of anime. If you want to experience Japan’s “anime” pop-culture for free, this is the place for you.
Business hours: 10 am – 6 pm (entry until 5:30 pm)
Closed: Mondays (If holiday Monday, the following day will be closed) *Irregularly closed
Address: Kamiogi 3-29-5, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Otaguro Park (6 min. on foot from the South Exit of Ogikubo Station
Walk amid the lush greenery of a Japanese garden!
Open hours: 9 am – 5 pm (entry until 4:30 pm)
Closed: from December 29 to January 1
Address: Ogikubo 3-33-12, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
If you want to experience Japanese tradition and daily life of Japanese people, visit Asagaya.
Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine(3 min. on foot from the north exit of Asagaya Station)
A shrine with a history of over 200 years. It offers popular colorful good-luck charms, called “kan-musubi,” with unique lacy designs.
Entrance fee: free
Price for “kan-musubi”: 1,000 yen for one
January, February, and March: 6 am – 5 pm
April and May: 5:30 am – 5:30 pm
Jun and July: 5 am – 5:30 pm (6 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)
August and September: 5 am – 5:30 pm
October: 5:30 am – 5 pm
November and December: 6 am – 5 pm
Address: Asagaya-kita 1-25-5, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Asagaya Pearl Center Shopping Street(1 min. on foot from the south exit of Asagaya Station)
An arcaded shopping street stretching 700 meters lined with about 250 shops and stores, filled with the lived-in feeling of local people.
Chimoto Sohonten(8 min. on foot from the south exit of Asagaya Station,on Asagaya Pearl Center Shopping Street)
Famous for kakigori shaved ice made with rare natural ice topped with matcha-flavored syrup.
Business hours: 11 am – 7 pm (L.O. 6:30 pm)
Address: Asagaya-minami 1-14-13, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
If you love shopping for vintage items and old clothing, visit Koenji.
・SLUT(4 min. on foot from the south exit of Koenji Station)
Offers a wide range of cool, casual old clothing, including T-shirts and sneakers.
Business hours: 12:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Closed: open everyday
Address: Koenji-minami 4-6-1, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
・REVERIE EMPORIUM(1 min. on foot from SLUT)
A peculiar space recreating a world just like one in a movie.
It is a select shop selling clothes, goods, and items all only available here.
Business hours: 1 pm – 9 pm on weekdays, 12 pm – 10 pm on weekends
Address: Eiwa Bld. Koenji #304, Koenji-minami 3-45-1, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Koenji Hikawa-jinja Shrine(2 min. on foot from the south exit of Koenji Station)
The only meteorological shrine in Japan!
Entrance fee: free
early morning – 5:30 pm (April – September)
early morning – 5:00 pm (October – March)
Address: Koenji-minami 4-44-19, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
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Eat Ramen at Ogikubo!
*The information herein is as of February 2020.