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Tokyo’s TOP 7 Hidden Gems You HAVE To Visit

As I have previously mentioned, I am currently living in Tokyo with my Japanese husband and, whilst going to all the tourist spots in Tokyo is fun, it can be hard to fully enjoy Tokyo when you have crowds of people around. Thats why something I’ve loved to do whilst being here is to go out and find amazing places that not many people know about…what I like to call ‘hidden gems’. There tons of hidden gems in Tokyo that I love, so in this article I’d like to show you seven of my favourites! If you’re in Tokyo, you have to check these out!

1. Daikanyama

Daikanyama
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Daikanyama is a tiny town located right next to Shibuya (but the vibe is completely different). The town is full of tiny independent shops, aesthetic streets and cute cafes! It’s a super chill place that you can go to and have a nice walk around and find some amazing places!

Daikanyama is well known to Japanese people for its Tsutaya as it is very big and quite unique! Inside the Tsutaya there are tons of interesting books, a Starbucks and loads of inside and outdoor seating for you to relax and read a book in. If you’re looking to go to a quirky place in Tokyo, I’d highly recommend going here…it’s one of my favorite hidden gems in Tokyo!

Access

From Shibuya Station take the Toyoko Line to Daikanyama Station.

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2. Hiroo

Hiroo Tree House Cafe

Hiroo is also located very close to Shibuya, and has recently gained popularity for it’s fashionable cafes and independent clothes shops which has made it a popular place for young people in Japan to hang out at! Hiroo is full of tiny streets to explore and you’re guaranteed to find some amazing places if you explore them!

Pictured above is Hiroo’s famous tree house Cafe called ‘Les Grands Arbres’. This is one of the most unique cafes I’ve ever seen and it is a super fun place to go to, I love the vibe of the cafe! Other cute cafes in Hiroo include ‘Canvas Tokyo’, ‘Sawamura Bakery’ and ‘The Friet’…I’d highly recommend checking them all out! Hiroo is truly an amazing hidden gem in Tokyo!

Access

From Naka-Meguro Station (Can be accessed via Toyoko Line from Shibuya) take the Hibiya Line to Hiroo Station.

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3. Yomiuri Land

Yomiuri Land in winter
Yomiuri Land in summer
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Yomiuri Land is an amusement park that is famous for it’s water park in the summer and it’s Christmas illuminations in the winter! It is also full of amazing rides and rollercoasters for you to enjoy too! The park boasts 43 attractions from a ferris wheel to a huge rollercoaster! They also have many attractions for children as well.

A one day pass including free rides will cost you 5,500yen and 2,500yen if you enter after 4pm. Although it’s a bit more on the pricey side, it is a super fun day out and i’d recommend anyone who loves theme parks to go here if you’re going to Tokyo, it’s a great hidden gem!

Access

From Chofu Station take the Sagamihara Line to Keio-Yomiuri-land Station.

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4. Chofu

Near Jindaiji Temple, Chofu

Chofu is a great place to visit for all of those who are wanting to experience traditional Japan without the busy crowds. Near Chofu station, it looks like any other small town in Tokyo, however if you just walk a short distance you can see some AMAZING traditional Japanese shops located inside a forest! Beyond that you will get to Jindaiji Temple, a beautiful Buddhist temple located inside some beautiful Japanese gardens.

You can wander around the temple and the grounds freely and experience traditional Japanese culture without the huge crowds that are located in the center. If you need a break from central Tokyo, this hidden gem in tokyo is the place to go!

Access

From Shinjuku Station, take the Keio Line to Chofu Station

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5. Toyosu

Toyosu bay

Toyosu is very well known for it’s fish market, but other than that people don’t know much about Toyosu. Toyosu is a beautiful hidden gem in Tokyo which is great for shopping and viewing beautiful views of the Tokyo bay. You can also go on a boat ride that takes you around the bay showing you amazing views of Tokyo and the famous Rainbow Bridge.

Toyosu is also home to some amazing restaurants, Teamlab planets and also a monorail that you can sit at the front of and see an amazing view of the journey! If you’re looking to go to a beautiful place in Tokyo, Toyosu is a hidden gem that you HAVE to go to!

Access

Take the Yurakucho Line to Toyosu Station.

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6. Tokyo Shitamachi Museum

Inside the Shitamachi museum

Shitamachi in Japanese directly translates to ‘down town’, but unlike in English this means the ‘working class’ areas, rather than the central city. This museum aims to show you what life was like in Shitamachi areas of Japan throughout history. It shows you what average houses and shops looked like along with introducing you to everyday activities of people who lived in these areas were.

The museum is extremely interesting and different to most of the other museums in Tokyo! It costs 300yen to enter which is very cheap and it is quite small so it won’t take you a lot of time to get around it. This is one of my personal favorite hidden gems in Tokyo!

Access

Take the Oedo Line to Ueno-Okachimachi Station.

Address: 2-1 Uenokoen, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0007

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7. Shimokitazawa

Shimokitazawa street

If you love fashion and cute cafes, this is somewhere you HAVE to go in Tokyo! It is located next to Shibuya and is full of vintage fashion shops, cute cafes and quirky independent shops. The small town is full of tiny streets to explore and take some amazing picture of.

Shimokitazawa is a very popular place for Japanese young people to hang out in, especially the ones who love fashion. If you’re looking for some great vintage clothes…Shimokitazawa is where you need to go!

Access

Take the Keio-Inokashira Line from Shibuya Station to Shimokitazawa Station.

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