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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.