Kagurazaka: Part 1


 
Modern Tokyo is appealing in many ways, but I always feel drawn to the more traditional areas of the city that lie hidden behind skyscrapers and high-rise apartment buildings. I walked through one of those areas today–an area called Kagurazaka. It’s an old geisha town that’s also famous for its French eateries (apparently, this is due to the large number of French expatriates who live in the area).

But the most intriguing part about Kagurazaka is its stone-paved back alleys that have a traditional Japanese atmosphere. There isn’t really much to do, but just strolling through the area is an experience in itself. I couldn’t stop taking photos while wandering through the backstreets. (I took so many that I decided to split this post into two parts!)

Hopefully, you can get a little taste of what it’s like through these photos.

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    • Thanks, Sarah! I definitely recommend seeing the more traditional neighborhoods! There are still certain areas (like Kagurazaka) in Tokyo that retain the traditional look of Japan, but if you really want to see “old” Japan at its best, visiting Kyoto would be the ideal route. Especially at this time of year!

  1. Found your page through google searching for “I love Kagurazaka”… it was my home base during my one month stay in Tokyo in January, and I’m missing it already. Thanks for your great photos.

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