It’s Always Sunny in Jiyugaoka

A dash of luxury on a Sunday afternoon? Why not! Jiyugaoka is known for its chill but cool vibe – every day of the week – and is often referred to as one of Tokyo’s most desirable neighbourhoods to live.

As I explored the streets around the train station, I couldn’t help but kick myself for not visiting this area sooner. It had taken me 3 years to get around to making the half hour journey from my house, and just a couple of hours to fall in love with it. I finally understood why Jiyugaoka was so popular.

Every corner was full of surprises. Brick-paved streets, dog friendly shops, fancy boutiques, a Peter Rabbit cafe, an 800-year-old Shinto shrine, super cool murals, leafy green walkways, and a mini replica of Venice. With a mini canal, florists, outdoor seating and French flags flying high, I felt like Jiyugaoka was more of a ‘Little Europe’ than Kagurazaka. Everyone – kids, teenagers, adults – looked happy and relaxed. The mood, in one word, was ‘sunny’!

I love that Jiyugaoka is only an 8-minute train ride from hectic Shibuya, yet the pace is completely different. It’s the perfect getaway without having to leave the city, and I’d have to agree, would be a great place to live.



24 thoughts on “It’s Always Sunny in Jiyugaoka

  1. Wonderful! France here and Italy there, everyone will find something interesting. And Peter Rabbit! I love Beatrix Potter’s characters. ^^

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  2. イギリスのピターラビットと 紅茶を飲んで、パリのシャンソンを聞きながら クロワッサンをかじって、
    ベニスの運河でゴンドラに乗って、イタリー本場のピザを食べれる この街は すてきですね。


    1. 本当にオシャレな街ですね!この近所に住みたい人たちがたくさんいるのをやっとはっきりとわかってきました。


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