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10 of the Best Things to Do in Sangenjaya

Set just outside of Shibuya and Shimokitazawa, Sangenjaya is a little more laid-back than its buzzing counterparts. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do. From chic cafes to vintage shopping, Sangenjaya offers an eclectic experience worth investigating. That’s why we’re breaking down the 10 best things to do in the area with this handy guide. Time for a walk off the beaten path.

10 of the Best Things to Do in Sangenjaya

Index

  • 1. Get Your Fill at Sangenjaya’s Burger Street

  • 2. Take a Stroll along the Setagaya Line 世田谷線

  • 3. Go Shopping at the Boroichi Fair ボロ市 in Kamimach

  • 4. Peruse the Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

  • 5. Ride the Mini Locomotive at Setagaya Park 世田谷公園

  • 6. Enjoy the Sunset from Carrot Tower

  • 7. Experience Japanese Theater

  • 8. Saunter over to Shimokitazawa

  • 9. Have a Night on the Town

  • 10. Go Bar Hopping in Sankaku Chitai 三角地帯

  • 1. Get Your Fill at Sangenjaya’s Burger Street

    Get Your Fill at Sangenjaya’s Burger Street

    Get Your Fill at Sangenjaya’s Burger Street

    Craving a juicy hamburger? Then this is where you want to be. Burger Street is exactly what it sounds like, an area filled with burger shops serving up genuine hamburgers bound to impress. Stop in Detroit Meat Choppers for a healthy helping of beef and cheese, plus some thick-cut fries. They also have a full bar to help you wash it down. Or try Fungo, a burger joint that offers a little more variety in their burger selection and also does sandwiches. You won’t leave Burger Street hungry.


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    Detroit Meat Choppers
    Address
    東京都世田谷区上馬4-41-4
    Phone
    03-3795-2969
  • 2. Take a Stroll along the Setagaya Line 世田谷線

    Take a Stroll along the Setagaya Line

    Take a Stroll along the Setagaya Line

    Opposite the train tracks of the Setagaya Line lies Gōtokuji Temple 豪徳寺, which is brimming with maneki-neko, the beckoning cats of good fortune. It makes for some adorable pictures. If you continue down the line, then you’ll run into all kinds of stylish cafes. Attic Furniture is an antique shop and cafe that lets you sit among the warm atmosphere created by the display items. Then there’s Your Daily Coffee, a low-key shop that sells coffee and specialty drinks, in addition to small bites, sweet or savory.


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    Take a Stroll along the Setagaya Line

    Take a Stroll along the Setagaya Line

    Take a Stroll along the Setagaya Line

    Take a Stroll along the Setagaya Line

    Gotoku-ji Temple
    rating 308 Reviews
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Goutokuji 2-24-7
    Phone
    0334261437
  • 3. Go Shopping at the Boroichi Fair ボロ市 in Kamimach

    Go Shopping at the Boroichi Fair in Kamimach

    Go Shopping at the Boroichi Fair in Kamimach

    This is a local event that takes place towards the end of the year along Boroichi-dori, and the street is packed with vendors selling everything from antiques to second hand kimonos to warm treats. If you push through the crowds, then you could potentially find a few hidden treasures of your own, and for a fraction of the price they’d be anywhere else. It’s a shopping experience for the Tokyo savvy.


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    せたがやボロ市
    Address
    東京都世田谷区世田谷1丁目
    Phone
    03-3429-1829
  • 4. Peruse the Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    Peruse the  Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    Peruse the Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    Mishuku is a relaxed area a 15-minute walk from Sangenjaya, and the IID is a shared office space for creatives in a renovated junior high school. It’s also home to a diverse array of intimate shops. Tabitote Store offers Japanese handicrafts like tableware and ornaments, and Hakkendo 八犬堂 is a gallery space for young artists and designers. Should you get hungry, Teppan Kitchen Setagaya is a cafe that sells yakisoba and brownies, along with classic cafe drinks. Then there’s the Snowdome Museum, where snow globes of every variety line the shelves, and some are for purchase.

    Peruse the  Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    Peruse the Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    Peruse the  Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    Peruse the Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    Peruse the  Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    Peruse the Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    The location also regularly offers a Craft Workshop, where you can try your hand at creating something yourself.
    Originally, the workshop's reservation is necessary, but you don’t have to have a reservation, either. If the workshop has open slots, then you simply show up and participate, though some do have fees.

    The IID is offered everyday from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.
    It’s free to come in and just have a look around, too.

    Peruse the  Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    Peruse the Ikejiri Institute Design (IID) in Mishuku

    IID 世田谷ものづくり学校
    Address
    東京都世田谷区池尻2丁目4-5
    Phone
    03-5481-9011
    Remarks
    【URL】https://setagaya-school.net/
  • 5. Ride the Mini Locomotive at Setagaya Park 世田谷公園

    Ride the Mini Locomotive at Setagaya Park

    Ride the Mini Locomotive at Setagaya Park

    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 will love the Play Park and the Mini Locomotive that chugs through the greenery, as well as the go-kart track and the jungle gyms. The park also features a tranquil fountain for quieter moments. Plus, entry to Setagaya Park is free! The Mini Locomotive will run you 50 yen for ages 12 and under and 100 yen for everyone else, though.

    Ride the Mini Locomotive at Setagaya Park

    Ride the Mini Locomotive at Setagaya Park

    Ride the Mini Locomotive at Setagaya Park

    Ride the Mini Locomotive at Setagaya Park

    Setagaya Park
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Ikejiri 1-5-27
    Phone
  • 6. Enjoy the Sunset from Carrot Tower

    Enjoy the Sunset from Carrot Tower

    Enjoy the Sunset from Carrot Tower

    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.Sky Carrot also has a small restaurant and cafe where visitors can relax and watch the sunset. Entrance is free.

    Enjoy the Sunset from Carrot Tower

    Enjoy the Sunset from Carrot Tower

    Carrot Tower Observation Deck
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya
    Phone
    0354301381
  • 7. Experience Japanese Theater

    Setagaya Public Theatre

    Setagaya Public Theatre

    Adjacent to Sangenjaya Station are two theaters where you have the opportunity to experience authentic Japanese performances.
    The first is Setagaya Public Theatre, which is on the third floor of Carrot Tower, and the second is Theatre Tram, a smaller venue located on the first floor. Ticket prices range from 5,000 to 7,000 yen, and getting your hands on them isn’t as painful as you might think.

    How to Buy Tickets
    You can reserve tickets in advance via the theatre’s website.
    But they also require you to register and create an account, so it’s easier to just show up on the day of the performance and buy your tickets then.

    Same-Day Tickets
    Same-day tickets are sold about an hour before the performance begins. Setagaya Public Theatre tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter in front of the theater, while Theatre Tram same-day tickets are available in the lobby. These tickets are subject to availability, though.
    There’s usually only one performance per day, so check the official website before you head over.

    Setagaya Public Theatre Front

    Setagaya Public Theatre Front

    Theatre Tram Lobby 

    Theatre Tram Lobby 

    Setagaya Public Theatre
    rating 18 Reviews
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Taishidou 4-1-1
    Phone
    0354321526
    Remarks
    【URL】https://setagaya-pt.jp/en/
  • 8. Saunter over to Shimokitazawa

    Saunter over to Shimokitazawa

    Saunter over to Shimokitazawa

    It’s about a 30-minute walk over to Shimokitazawa, which is another trendy neighborhood aimed at young people. Chazawa-dori is the street connecting Sangenjaya and Shimokitazawa, and there are a couple of cool spots along the way. One is Nonsense, a cozy little antique shop selling dishes, furniture, and other odds and ends. Another is Zig, a stylish second hand clothing store that has vintage pieces for your perusal.

    Saunter over to Shimokitazawa

    Saunter over to Shimokitazawa

    Saunter over to Shimokitazawa

    Saunter over to Shimokitazawa

    Address
    東京都世田谷区代沢5-6-16
    Phone
    0334180530
    Remarks
    【URL】https://non-sense.jp/
  • 9. Have a Night on the Town

    Have a Night on the Town

    Have a Night on the Town

    Sangenjaya has a buzzing nightlife scene that caters to wide range of tastes. From hip cafes to bumping clubs, there’s no shortage of options. Tico is a fun way to begin the night; it’s a standing bar that offers house-made infused liquor. Or you could try Orbit, which is an intimate club venue with live music and dancing. And Borrachos is a Ryukyu Mexican fusion restaurant with a full bar that’s open till late.

    Have a Night on the Town

    Have a Night on the Town

    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
  • 10. Go Bar Hopping in Sankaku Chitai 三角地帯

    Go Bar Hopping in Sankaku Chitai

    Go Bar Hopping in Sankaku Chitai

    This area of Sangenjaya is a web of tight alleys and soft lights that creates a snug atmosphere perfect for bar hopping. All of the bars are packed elbow to elbow, so it won’t take you long to find your next drink. Izakaya Hoshigumi serves up hot pot and fish dishes in an intimate, yet lively, space. If you’re feeling adventurous, then you can try blowfish at Gasa snack bar, where they also serve hot sake with a blowfish fin floating on top.


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    Izakayahoshigumi
    Address
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Sangendyaya 2-13-10
    Phone
    0334879840
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