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What to Do in Sangenjaya

Located southwest of Shibuya and north of the Tama river, Sangenjaya is a quiet neighborhood just off the Setagaya light rail line’s terminal stop.
The town is filled with an eclectic crowd, from trendy young folks to elderly locals to fans of the video game Persona Five.
Sangenjaya is still under the tourist radar but is bound to become more popular with its tranquil, traditional atmosphere that blends well with the up and coming boutique shops and cafes that are now popping up around the neighborhood.

What to Do in Sangenjaya

Index

  • Meet a Feline Friend at Gotokuji 豪徳寺

  • Relax in Setagaya Park 世田谷公園

  • Experience Skyline Views at the Top of Sky Carrot

  • Shop for Vintage Threads at Bank

  • End the Night at Sankaku Chitai 三角地帯

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  • Meet a Feline Friend at Gotokuji 豪徳寺

    Meet a Feline Friend at Gotokuji  豪徳寺

    Meet a Feline Friend at Gotokuji 豪徳寺

    Not many people know the spot in Sangenjaya is Gotokuji, or the lucky cat temple.
    Gotokuji is dedicated to maneki neko, the now worldly ubiquitous symbol for good luck and fortune.
    Visitors are greeted by maneki neko throughout the city in front of stores and restaurants, but most do not know the origins of the waving cat.
    Most believe the origins of maneki neko lie in Gotokuji, but the evidence has not been proven. However, Gotokuji hosts an abundance of the cats in statue form, painted on ema, or small wooden plaques, and inside omamori, an amulet with a fortune inside.
    Gotokuji is a small, quiet temple that most tourists overlook for the more famous ones.
    To experience a temple off the beaten path, Gotokuji is a calm spot to observe local life while also learning about the famous waving cat.

    Gotoku-ji Temple
    rating 308 Reviews
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Goutokuji 2-24-7
    Phone
    0334261437
  • Relax in Setagaya Park 世田谷公園

    Relax in Setagaya Park  世田谷公園

    Relax in Setagaya Park 世田谷公園

    At a little more than 78,000 square meters, Setagaya Park is large compared to Tokyo park standards.
    The park is popular with both children and adults, and the space offers activities for both.
    Children and train lovers can marvel at the preservation of Degoichi ,D-51, a retired steam locomotive. The train has been preserved and displayed in the park as a monument.
    Children also have the opportunity to ride a small train that circles around the park.
    Adults can use the recreational courts, including tennis and baseball.
    Moreover, a swimming pool is open in the summer.
    The park is large and relaxing, with a fountain acting as the focal point and popular meeting place. Both locals and visitors can visit the park in each season.

    Relax in Setagaya Park  世田谷公園

    Relax in Setagaya Park 世田谷公園

    Setagaya Park
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Ikejiri 1-5-27
    Phone
    Gotoku-ji Temple
    rating 308 Reviews
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Goutokuji 2-24-7
    Phone
    0334261437
  • Experience Skyline Views at the Top of Sky Carrot

    Experience Skyline Views at the Top of Sky Carrot

    Experience Skyline Views at the Top of Sky Carrot

    The oddly named orange structure, Sky Carrot, looks more like an industrial building rather than a vegetable.
    The top of Sky Carrot houses an observation deck, with wide windows and relaxing couches. The Sky Carrot observation deck is the least known to both tourists and locals.
    While crowds gather around the Mori Art Museum or Skytree, Sky Carrot is relatively quiet and sometimes empty.
    Both Skytree and Tokyo Tower can be seen from the windows, and lucky visitors might see Mt. Fuji on a clear, winter day.
    Sky Carrot also has a small restaurant and cafe where visitors can relax and watch the sunset. Entrance is free.

    Experience Skyline Views at the Top of Sky Carrot

    Experience Skyline Views at the Top of Sky Carrot

    Carrot Tower Observation Deck
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya
    Phone
    0354301381
  • Shop for Vintage Threads at Bank

    Shop for Vintage Threads at Bank

    Shop for Vintage Threads at Bank

    Western vintage fashion has become a trend with the young influencers in Shibuya and Sangenjaya has not been left out.
    Bank is a small consignment boutique selling threads imported from Europe and America.
    The items are cleaned and displayed neatly on the racks, unlike a messy charity shop.
    Visitors can peruse the quirky clothing and retro furniture. In addition to the vintage options, Bank also sells their own original clothing.

    Shop for Vintage Threads at Bank

    Shop for Vintage Threads at Bank

    BANK
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya Sangenjaya 1-36-3-102
    Phone
    0337950770
    Remarks
    【URL】http://twovirgin.com/bank/
  • End the Night at Sankaku Chitai 三角地帯

    End the Night at Sankaku Chitai  三角地帯

    End the Night at Sankaku Chitai 三角地帯

    Sangenjaya’s answer to a yokocho is Sankaku chitai, a small alleyway packed with restaurants, pubs and bars.
    The tiny shops like Izakaya Hoshigumi are a mix of older bars frequented by locals to new establishments just beginning to plant their roots.
    The exterior of Sankaku chitai has not been renovated and keeps its rugged old-school charm.
    The shops serve a variety of food from Indian curry to traditional izakaya food such as gyoza or yakitori.
    Most of the shops serve alcohol late into the early morning, and the area is known to get rowdy on the weekends.

    Izakayahoshigumi
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Sangendyaya 2-13-10
    Phone
    0334879840
    Remarks
    【URL】https://ameblo.jp/izakaya-hoshigumi/
    Setagaya Park
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Ikejiri 1-5-27
    Phone
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    Sankaku Chitai 三角地帯 , please see our guide here: Small Tokyo:Sangenjaya

    Small Tokyo: Sangenjaya

    Small Tokyo: Sangenjaya

    Carrot Tower Observation Deck
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya
    Phone
    0354301381
  • 世田谷パブリックシアター
    Address
    東京都世田谷区太子堂4-1-1
    Phone
    03-5432-1526
  • ナンセンス
    Address
    東京都世田谷区代沢5-6-16
    Phone
    03-3418-0530
  • Tico 三軒茶屋 Stand Up Please
    Address
    東京都世田谷区三軒茶屋2-10-12
    Phone
    080-3960-3846
  • Izakayahoshigumi
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Sangendyaya 2-13-10
    Phone
    0334879840
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