Lined with cherry trees and a walking path, the Meguro-gawa (not so much a river as a canal) is what gives the neighbourhood Naka-Meguro its unlikely village vibe. On either side you'll find boutiques and a handful of eating and drinking spots.

It's a very popular hanami spot, too, where vendors line the canal selling more upmarket treats than you’ll find anywhere else. Rather than stake out a space to sit, visitors stroll under the blossoms, hot wine in hand.

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