A little mix of old Japan and Paris: Kagurazaka

Believe it or not, even though you’re in Japan, you can experience a European-like atmosphere. In this article we will be introducing you to a place in Tokyo called “Kagurazaka”.

Kagurazaka is also considered as one of Tokyo’s fashionable towns. This town resembles Gion in Kyoto, known for maiko entertainment. This place is very popular among tourists because appearances of Japanese culture are left behind, such as narrow cobbled streets and vintage-styled restaurants. If you walk around Kagurazaka in the evening, you might be able to see real maikos. Events related to maiko and traditional arts inherited from past are held every year at Kagurazaka.
However, what we would like to introduce to you today are not the maikos. Recently, the number of French people you find at Kagurazaka are increasing. Enjoy the mini-Paris town in Tokyo, only at Kagurazaka!

The relationship between Kagurazaka and France

Currently, there are lots of French people living in Kagurazaka. There are many French restaurants and French miscellaneous stores, therefore it became known as “little Paris”.

To the extent that French culture has expanded in Kagurazaka, you can even find French schools there. In France, since parents usually sends their children off at school, there are many families moving to Kagurazaka and therefore the number of French people living there have been increasing and currently there are many French restaurants and grocery stores opening in Kagurazaka.

There is another reason why French culture in Kagurazaka continues to expand. That is, the streets at Kagurazaka. Kagurazaka is portrayed as an old-fashioned town and apparently it seems to resemble the streets in Paris. Small shops lining on cobblestone streets resemble a Parisian atmosphere. It is somewhat strange a Japanese traditional town and Paris can relate to each other.

Currently, there are lots of French people living in Kagurazaka. There are many French restaurants and French miscellaneous stores, therefore it became known as “little Paris”.

To the extent that French culture has expanded in Kagurazaka, there are also French schools. In France, since parents usually sends their children off at school, there are many families moving to Kagurazaka and therefore the number of French people living there have been increasing and currently there are many French restaurants and grocery stores opening in Kagurazaka.

French atmosphere at Kagurazaka

French-like colours and European-styled buildings, you’ll feel like you are actually walking in Paris when you’re at Kagurazaka.

France is known for its astonishing taste in fashion. There are many apparel shops at Kagurazaka and plus, they are super fancy!

Delicious French food

As you take your time around petit-Paris, you might feel a bit hungry. Alongside its fashion, France is also widely recognized for their cuisine.

There are many French restaurants all over Tokyo, but the restaurants in Kagurazaka are guaranteed taste and authenticity.

Relaxing lunch with luxurious French cuisine

Kagurazaka is filled with French restaurants, but of course the authentic ones can get a little pricey. There are many high-class French restaurants but if you go there during lunch time, lunch set prices are relatively cheaper. This is your chance to try authentic French cuisine!

A petite Paris in the middle of Tokyo

Kagurazaka is a big area and there are two train stations. The nearest stations are Kagurazaka station and Idabashi station. Depending on the place you want to visit, it is better to get off at one of these stations and it is best to check which station is closest to your destination. From Tokyo station (40 minutes by bus from Haneda airport) to Kaguraza takes about 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy both European and Asian-like atmosphere

Don’t forget to stop by French restaurants at Kagurazaka for autenthic French cuisine!

If you have time, visit Korean Town in Shin Okubo and Chinatown in Yokohama. Even though you’re in Tokyo, you’ll get to experience more than one nation and culture!




 

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