What? Chic, old-timey area dubbed “Tokyo’s most happening ‘hood” by the Japan Times
Where? Right next to Yoyogi Park
Why? Gastro wine bar Ahiru Store; brunch go-to Path; sushi joint Camelback; vintage store Provenance and the fab cafe-cocktail boîte Fuglen.
What? Artsy, creative district known for its alt-music scene, otaku (geek) bars and the highly rewarding shotengai (vintage shopping streets)
Where? Take the Chuo Line to Koenji station
Why? Tasty tempura at Tensuke; vintage stores Yakusoku and Sokkyou; and soba joint Honmura-an.
What? Brooklyn-esque area with echoes of Edo-era Tokyo known for cafes and the Museum of Contemporary Art
Where? Take the Hanzomon Line to Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
Why? Arise Coffee Roasters and Monz Cafe; the Meiji-era Kiyosumi Teien garden; and chichi Babaghuri.