"Setagaya-ku and Jiyugaoka, Tokyo" Setagaya by taigaa001

Setagaya Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 105 photos


Shimokitazawa is a popular town area not far from Shinjuku and Harajuku particularly among young people and Chinese tourists. I still don't get what the fuss is about. I dropped by for an hour and strolled. I can see there are some secondhand clothes shops and cafes. Next time I will explore more about this town.

Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Setagaya-ku is one of the twenty three wards of Tokyo. It is home to about 880,000 residents and is the second largest ward in area(58.08 sq kilometers).
The area is recognized as residential area and not particularly a part of sightseeing circuits. But Setagaya-ku is one of my favorite places in Tokyo because of its quiet and peaceful atmosphere. There are a number of places for VT members who favor "off-the-beaten-path" category such as Gotokuji Temple, Kuhonbutsu Joshinji Temple and Karasuyama Teramachi area. Setagaya Rag Market which is called "Boroichi" in mid December and mid January is one of the most popular events in Setagaya.

Popular shopping areas for Setagaya residents and visitors include Futago-Tamagawa, Sanganjaya, Shimokitazawa and Jiyugaoka which is also known as the town of sweets and furniture.

The webblogs about Setagaya-ku
Old Japanese stories-the real Maneki Neko-- Muza chan's Gate To Japan
Brett's Tokyo Travel Log: Setagaya
Japan Times: From Rags to Riches
Cycling Tourism: Shoin Shrine and Grave of Naosuke Ii
EuroCatFancy: Japanese Bobtail
Miyako's Travels: Setagaya Rag Market

The webpages about Jiyugaoka
Tokyo Work Life: Jiyugaoka
The webpages about Kuhonbutsu Joshinji temple
Kuhonbutsu and Okusawa Shrine(Japanese)
The webpages about Karasuyama-Teramachi
JapanTravelGuide: Karasuyama Teramachi

Coming Setagaya Trips:
Summertime Visit to Roka Park

Autumn Leaves in Gotokuji Temple

When I visited Gotokuji temple on fourth of December, the temple was full of photographers because of autumn leaves.

Gotokuji, a Sotoshu zen temple which also has Ii Family cemetery (including that of Naosuke Ii), has been gaining attention as a birthplace of lucky cats or beckoning cats. Three-storied pagoda was recently built in 2006. Lucky cats sold around Gotokuji are produced in Seto, Aichi, Tokoname's archrival for Manekineko(Lucky cats) production. Lucky Cats produced in Seto is closer to its original style. Tokoname cats hold gold koban coin(s) while Seto cats do not. It is because Seto cats are designed to denote Ii clan's family philosophy that good luck gives you opportunity and it is up to thyself who makes the most of it. There are a number of places to visit around Gotokuji temple. Setagaya castle ruins and Daikan Yashiki(Magistrate's residence) and Shoin Shrine are popular among historical buffs.

  • Last visit to Setagaya: Aug 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • salisbury3933's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Nice page this one. This is an area of Tokyo I didn't see much of, although I did get to Shimo-Kitazawa once or twice.

    • taigaa001's Profile Photo
      Jan 8, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      Oh, you went to Shimokitazawa. Actually I haven't explored this town enough. It has been only a passing point to other areas.

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Thanks for reading my DPRK page, it is a less-traveled place for sure! I missed this corner of Tokyo when I last visited, I'll have to stop by next time. Thanks for sharing.

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