Nishi-Ogikubo: Antiques, Art, Nature, Street Bars
Further down the Chuo Line from Shinjuku, and thus somewhat off the beaten path, is Nishi-Ogikubo. A cool and unique place with no touristy-feel at all, it has an “old town” vibe with its large amount of antique shops, and there are also many local art galleries and studios sandwiched between the antique shops on the north side. At night the town comes alive with its street bars and restaurants on the south side. More recently a vegan movement also started in “Nishiogi”, with the amount of vegan and vegetarian-friendly establishments growing steadily. Also known for various events and the large Zenpukuji Park, there are many reasons to go the extra mile to Nishi-Ogikubo.
[updated May 2018]