Believe it or not, these two neighborhoods are so close that we decided to create one page for both of them! One thing separates Nakameguro and Daikanyama, the Meguro River. All you have to do is cross one of the many bridges and the next thing you know, you’re in a different area. Most who visit Tokyo often skip Nakameguro and Daikanyama due to their size and atmosphere. If there’s one thing you can learn from traveling, it’s that there are always surprises along the way.
Nakameguro and Daikanyama Stations
Both stations are smaller in comparison to the likes of Shibuya or Shinjuku. However, this makes exiting the station a breeze. Nakameguro has only one main exit while Daikanyama has several. The main exits of Daikanyama Station are the Shomen Exit, West Exit, East Exit and North Exit. The station is so small, you could walk to the other exit in only a few minutes! Because of their sizes, they are only a few floors tall and offer convenience stores or kiosks.
Although the two areas are a mere train stop away from Shibuya, neither give off the same city-like vibe. Both are quiet and present a large contrast to the average Tokyo lifestyle. Think of Nakameguro as one of the most sought after locations in Tokyo during the spring season. If you know your seasons, you’d also know that spring is the time when sakura bloom in Japan. Many know the area for its sakura trees that line the walkways alongside the Meguro River and festivities to match the spring season. Young people love Daikanyama for its artsy and hipster take on modern Tokyo. It’s often referred to as the “Brooklyn of Tokyo” where upscale cafes, boutiques and specialty shops come together to create every young adult’s personal haven.
Less than a minute’s walk from the Nakameguro Station exit, is the river that makes Nakameguro a popular attraction during the spring. The river stretches out for 8 kilometers with sakura trees bordering the canal. Meguro River has one of the most magnificent display of cherry blossoms in the world. Along the river are walkways with various shops and restaurants to keep you going throughout your day.
Nakameguro Gate Town
Also known as Nakameguro GT, this apartment complex is right next to the station and offers three floors for visitors to indulge in. The complex consists of a library, cafes and several eateries. You may want to add this to your list of “places to relax at while in Nakameguro.”
If you follow the side street next to Nakameguro GT, you’ll end up on the residential half of Kamimeguro. This pedestrian friendly area is home to many small, family owned shops and lies in the residential parts of Nakameguro. The residents here hold a matsuri or festival every summer as part of area’s tradition.
If you love visiting local shrines and temples, you’re in luck! There’s a temple within a 5-minute walking distance from Nakameguro Station. Nakameguro is a quiet neighborhood when compared to Shibuya. To imagine something even quieter is a temple within Nakameguro. The temple has visitors from time to time, but not like the ones in popular locations. If you want to enjoy that temple experience for yourself, head over to Shogakuji!
Nakameguro Funa-iriba Plaza
This location is more of a resting point for the regular passerby rather than what most people think of when they see the word “plaza.” In this plaza, you’ll find the River Museum of Meguro. The museum keeps information regarding the history of the Meguro River and its changes through the years. You may understand a little more about Tokyo’s complex water systems after visiting here.
Keep heading down the street past the Funa-iriba Plaza and cross over the river, you’ll end up at Nakameguro Park. It’s a quiet park that is always visited by local families on weekends when the weather is nice. Aside from taking a stroll in the park, you can visit the “creature pond” or the “Flower and Greenery Learning Center.”
Sato Sakura Museum
Opened in 2012, the satellite version of the Sato Sakura Museum is a new addition to Nakameguro. The museum specializes in Nihonga. It’s a art that focuses on traditional techniques and materials within Japanese culture. Most of the paintings are done on washi (Japanese paper) or eginu (silk). For more information, check out the museum’s official website (English available).
Daikanyama Address is the largest shopping complex in the area. It’s recognized by it’s giant green flower statue if you visit via the Hachiman-dori avenue. But, you can use the West Exit at Daikanyama Station which will take you to the complex. The residential complex provides cafes, boutiques, a small park and a supermarket.
If you’re hunting for a that perfect combination of aesthetics, coffee and book worming, then head on down to Daikanyama’s T-Site. Owned by Japan’s top rental company Tsutaya, T-Site is actually one large bookstore complex. The complex splits into three sections. The sections include music, books, movies, a Starbucks, an international library and much more. It’s no wonder that this complex holds the name of “one of the best bookstores in the world.” For more information on T-Site, you can visit their website (English available).
Kyu Asakura House
Need a little break from all the shopping in Daikanyama? Then head on over to the Kyu Asakura House and pay that 100 yen fee for a small trip into the past. Torajiro Asakura built the house and 1919 and used it til his final days. The house survived the Great Kanto Earthquake and the Second World War. It is currently listed as important cultural property by the Japanese government. Most people say you can see Mount Fuji from the second floor of the home!
Ever wondered what a modern Japanese home would look like if it were made of wood? Bess Square, an open area showroom, features many model homes created by the housing company Bess. For those who love that outdoor log cabin feeling, this place is for you. Make sure you remember to take your shoes off when entering! For more information on Bess Square, visit their website (via Google Translate).
You can’t ignore the fact that Nakameguro and Daikanyama are neighborhoods that both love nature as much as anything else. Saigoyama Park also home to several sakura trees which bloom during the spring season. Due to its location, the uppermost part of the park gives visitors a great view of Nakameguro without any buildings to block the way.
Like its sibling park, Sugekari Park is down the hill from Saigoyama Park. Sugekari is the one that more child-friendly since it has a greater amount of open and flat space. A refurbished Japanese style home sits in one section of the park and can be rented out for events. The same section features a garden and pond where you can feed koi fish. If you’re into bird watching, there are signs that show which birds live within the park.