See where the local art scene started at Salon de AManTO
Nakazakicho started to become a hipster hangout in 2001 when Salon de AManTO opened as an artist refuge in what was then a derelict district. Owner Jun Amanto transformed the 120-year-old building into half café and half community centre. Having recycled every bit of the old building along the way, the retro vibes are delightfully authentic. Since its opening, Nakazakicho has been revitalised as independent artists and sellers have moved in, setting up galleries, cafés and shops. Amanto has since teamed up with other artists to renovate many other Nakazakicho buildings and turn them into creative spaces.