Shopping in Daikanyama & Naka-Meguro
Many Japanese fashion brands – high-fashion and street; established and not (yet) – have boutiques in the neighbouring 'hoods of Daikanyama and Naka-Meguro. Both are great for scouting unique pieces and outside-the-mainstream looks. Though just one and two stops (respectively) removed from Shibuya, the pace here is noticeably unhurried, encouraged by outdoor cafes and leafy sidewalks.
Okura may seem out of place in trendy Daikanyama (the shop looks like a farmhouse), but it is actually a neighbourhood landmark. It's full of artsy original clothing items, almost all of which are made from natural textiles and dyed a deep indigo blue.
Minä Perhonen, from designer Minagawa Akira, is one of Japan's most successful womenswear labels, known for its instantly classic prints in soft, flattering colours; luxurious fabrics; and loose silhouettes that are both sufficiently sophisticated and easy to wear.
Locals love Daikanyama T-Site. This stylish shrine to the printed word has fantastic books on travel, art, design and food (some in English). You can even sit at the in-house Starbucks and read all afternoon – if you can get a seat.
Cow Books is a Naka-Meguro institution, a second-hand bookstore specialising in counter-culture works and small print runs. Most titles are in Japanese, but there is usually a small selection of English-language and art books; the atmosphere, on the other hand, is universal.
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…research General Store sells original made-in-Japan outdoor wear and gear for the most stylish of mountain hermits (or what designer Kobayashi Setsumasa calls 'anarcho-mountaineers' and 'saunter punks'). There's plenty in here to appeal to the more sedentary too, like t-shirts and tableware.
It's the Meguro-gawa (not so much a river as a canal) that gives Naka-Meguro it's unlikely village vibe. On either side are walking paths lined with cherry trees – it is a great hanami spot – plus shops, restaurants and cafes.
A perfect example of one of Naka-Meguro's tiny, impeccably curated boutiques, Vase stocks avant-garde designers and vintage pieces. It's in a little white house set back from the Meguro-gawa (the name is on the post box).
- Fashionable boutiques
- Canalside strolls
Subway Naka-Meguro is the end of the Hibiya line.
Train The Tōkyū Tōyoko runs from Shibuya, stopping first at Daikanyama and then Naka-Meguro. Only local trains stop at Daikanyama.