Antiques, Art, Street Bars and Restaurants
Further down the Chuo Line from Shinjuku and downtown Tokyo, and thus somewhat the road less traveled and off the beaten path, is Nishi-Ogikubo. So if you’re looking for a spot that doesn’t have a touristy-feel, and that is simply cool and unique, Nishi-Ogikubo is the place. It has an “old town” vibe with its large amount of antique shops and other shops with antique decor. At night the town comes alive with its street bars and restaurants. It is surely a place to drink and be merry, should the mood strike you.
Also known for various events and the large Zenpukuji Park, there are many reasons to go the extra mile to Nishi-Ogikubo.
Links to Nishi-Ogikubo Events:
Nishiogi Owara Kaze no Mai:
A traditional dance festival that has a quiet and spiritual vibe, taking place the last Sunday of July.
Nishiogi Lovers Fest:
New event featuring food and festivities in Momoi Harappa Park mid-March.
An exciting traditional style event featuring live performances and festivities around Nishi-Ogikubo held the last weekend of May.
The Chasampo, or “Tea Walk”, is an event held the first weekend of June that allows participants to stroll through town drinking tea and visiting unique shops.
[updated April 2018]