The Best Things to Do and See in Meguro, Tokyo

Ema (wishing plaques) at Meguro Fudo
Ema (wishing plaques) at Meguro Fudo | © Zhao/Flickr
Alicia Joy

Tokyo Writer

Tokyo’s Meguro Ward is home to the hip Naka-meguro and Yutenji neighborhoods, as well as the laidback shopping area of Jiyugaoka. The Culture Trip has rounded up the top things to do and see in Meguro.

1. Ryusenji (Meguro Fudo)

Buddhist Temple, Shrine

On Rysenji’s grounds, the famous Meguro Fudo-myo-o (Black Eyed Fudo-Myo-o) statue stands guard, and it’s from this sentinel that the ward takes its name. This was one of five such statues placed protectively around Edo’s borders nearly 400 years ago, each with eyes of a different color. Fudo Myo-o is a revered guardian deity of the Buddhist faith.

2. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Museum

The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, also known as the Tokyo Photographic Museum, is the largest photography focused art museum in the city. A must for fans of the artistic medium, it’s located near Ebisu on the border of the Shibuya and Meguro Wards.

Naka-Meguro

Naka-Meguro, with the Meguro River slicing through the main shopping area, is the most popular attraction in the ward. Naka-Meguro is full of trendy boutiques and craft restaurants, and is especially famous for its annual cherry blossom festival held each spring.

Meguro River

3. Meguro Sky Garden

Park, Sports Center

Meguro Sky Garden
© 掬茶/WIkiCommons
Meguro Sky Garden is an outdoor rooftop garden, spiraling over a custom built facility that covers the junction of several major expressways. The garden is a testament to Japanese ingenuity and architecture, not to mention a great use of the space.

Jiyugaoka

Jiyugaoka is a popular shopping district known for its zakka stores and cozy cafes. Although it’s far from central Tokyo, Jiyugaoka is a popular destination on weekend afternoons.

Main shopping street in Jiyugaoka

Maeda House

The Maeda House is a historic site in Komaba Park. It comprises two homes, a large Western style mansion and an Eastern Japanese home, both nearly one hundred years old. They once belonged to the Maeda family, rulers of what is now Ishikawa Prefecture.

Part of the Maeda family house

4. Japanese Folk Crafts Museum

Museum

Japanese Folk Crafts Museum
© Dick Thomas Johnson/Flickr
The Japanese Folk Crafts Museum is committed to showcasing the handiwork and craftsmanship of ordinary Japanese people throughout the ages. It’s located at the southern end of Komaba Park.

5. Yutenji

Buddhist Temple, Shrine

Cafe Keats in Yutenji, Meguro
© Juno Namkoong Lee/Flickr
Yutenji is an up and coming neighborhood in Meguro Ward. It’s named after the Buddhist temple of the same name located east of the neighborhood.

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