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8 Incredible Secret Spots in Meguro, Tokyo

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Tokyo Writer
Updated: 19 September 2017
Meguro may not have the historic charm or up-and-coming appeal of neighboring wards Shinagawa and Setagaya, respectively, but this region has plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Explore the best kept secrets of Meguro.
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Brick & Mortar

This select shop in Naka-Meguro sells design and lifestyle goods like pottery, candles, stationery, and kitchen utensils. Brick & Mortar‘s inventory is artfully displayed in an industrial-meets-eco-friendly space perfect for browsing.

Brick & Meguro 1-4-4 Naka-meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Naka-meguro Koukashita

Naka-meguro Koukashita is a new development making use of the space underneath the Tokyu Toyoku line tracks from Naka-meguro Station to Yutenji. This sleek, modern, and industrial commercial district opened in November 2016 and is full of hip restaurants and trendy cafés just waiting to be explored.

Naka-meguro Station 1-3-4 Kami-meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Accessory Museum

The Accessory Museum is a private museum dedicated to jewelry and accessories through the ages: necklaces, brooches, rings, even select pieces of furniture and fashion. The museum is organized by date and fashion movement, beginning with the Victorian Era up to the avant-garde pieces of the ’80s and ’90s. Open from 10 AM to 5 PM; closed Mondays, Sundays, and holidays.

Adults: 1000 yen (US$8.95) / Students: 600 yen (US$5.35)

Accessory Museum 4-33-12 Kami-meguro Meguro-ku Tokyo, Japan

Featured Exhibition Vol. 32: Ornamented Bags by Emiko Kawamoto ~ Where the Jewelry is Dancing ~ The stage is set on Kyoto’s traditional Nishijin-ori sash and the special fabrics from Europe that the craftswoman fell in love with. Dancing on the fabrics of old history and sophisticated skills are the performers that usually do not share the stage, such as antique parts, corals, inlaid lacquers and genuine stones. An exhibition of gorgeous ornamented bags crafted by Emiko Kawamoto. #アクセサリーミュージアム #accessorymuseum #accessories #costumejewelry #kimono #着物 #京都 #西陣織 #kyoto #tokyo #meguro #japan #handbag #handmade #canon #写真を撮るのが好きな人と繋がりたい #instagramjapan #fashion #love

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Curry Station Niagara

Densha otaku (train geeks) will love Niagara, a train-themed curry restaurant in Yutenji. The place is filled with authentic train memorabilia and run by an enthusiastic conductor-cum-restaurateur. Order your meal at the ticket machine before sitting down, and your dishes arrive as the cargo of a model train.

Curry Station Niagara 1-21-2 Yutenji, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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The Works

With an ideal location right on the Meguro River, The Works is a great alternative to the more popular cafés and restaurants of Naka-meguro. On the first floor, you’ll find Stall Restaurant and The Workers coffee shop and bar. After you’ve had your fill, on the second floor you’ll find an event space called Stall Baggage where art exhibitions are often held.

The Workers 3-18-3 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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Himonya Park

Himonya Park’s large scenic pond was once a paddy field for cultivating rice. The park is also home to seasonal flower beds, large, mature trees, and an island shrine accessible via the wooden footbridge. Visitors can paddle boats or visit the animal park, where children can interact with rabbits and other small animals. The park even has its own resident pony and paddock.

Himonya Park 9-9-11 Himonya, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This Buddhist temple is where the ward’s name “Meguro” was inspired from. On the temple grounds is the meguro (black-eyed) Fudo-myo, one of four protective statues placed on the border of Edo centuries ago. It’s not as popular these days as it was during the Edo Period, but its historical relevance makes it worth a visit.

Ryusen-ji 3-20-26 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

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Branch is a French-inspired café in Yutenji. Don’t be fooled by the nondescript exterior; stepping inside feels like visiting an old European farmhouse. They serve hearty, healthy meals, coffee, and desserts.

Branch 2-15-8 Yutenji, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan