Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Setagaya is the most populous of Tokyo's 23 special wards, and the large area is home to some fun, unique neighborhoods, like Sangenjaya and Shimo-Kitazawa. Setagaya is known mainly as an upscale residential district, and it's a good place to take in everyday Tokyo life. Hop on the Setagaya Line streetcar – one of only two left in the city – for a trip back in time to a more peaceful, laid back Tokyo. Expansive Komazawa Park, built for the 1964 Olympics, is also here.

Sangenjaya and Shimo-Kitazawa, only about a 30-minute walk apart from each other, are excellent choices for nightlife and daytime shopping in a uniquely Japanese atmosphere. Shimo-Kitazawa is famous as a hip town catering to the local college crowd, so funky shops and art bars abound. A trip to Shimo-Kita isn't complete without checking out the local music scene at one of its intimate, dark, and always pumping live houses. Likewise, Sangenjaya comes alive in smoky Old-Edo fashion in the "Sangenjaya Triangle," a mish-mash of snack bars and tiny izakayas stacked one on top of the other in the neighborhood's microscopic back alleys.

Sangenjaya could be said to be Setagaya's heart. The Setagaya Line streetcar has its terminal here, just below Carrot Tower, the tallest building in Setagaya. Fittingly, there are plenty of shops, movie theaters, and cozy, reasonably priced restaurants here to cater to locals and tourists alike.




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