Nakameguro, home to Tokyo’s best hanami destinations in the spring and to some of the best dining and art scenes year-round. This coveted neighborhood attracts both the younger and older generations, locals and expats alike for its serene river-side streets and boutique shops that give off a uniquely relaxed, trendy vibe.
Craving authentic Neapolitan pizza? Or perhaps you’re in the mood for some of the freshest sashimi in Tokyo. You’ll find it all in Nakameguro, from under the train tracks to hidden away side streets. Listen to the Beatles while you gorge yourself on an authentic Margherita pie at Seirinkan, made famous by the Netflix hit Ugly Delicious. You’ll have a hard time picking from the rows of specialty restaurants nestled right under the train tracks. Okamo Club is a great place to start, serving up the freshest catches of the day raw, grilled, fried, or stewed. Warm up with a bowl of homemade chicken broth oden from Toridashi Samon during the chilly winter months. For dessert, snag a fresh New York style donut from I am donut? or indulge in a chocolate pastry from Green Bean to Bar Chocolate.
While Starbucks Japan is known for its crazy seasonal flavors and unique building designs, Nakameguro is home to arguably the best Starbucks in Japan. Designed by world renowned architect, Kengo Kuma, the Starbucks Reserve in Nakameguro not only serves up some of the best caramel lattes, but is also an architectural wonder in and of itself. Boasting four floors with different themes, you can enjoy anything from a whiskey barrel-aged cold brew to a caramel popcorn cappuccino. For those who are more ~particular~ about their coffee, try Onibus. Sip on a high quality Americano paired with freshly baked banana bread in their minimalistically designed cafe.
Stroll Along Meguro River
Perfect for an evening family stroll or a 5k training session, Meguro River is a beautiful strip of nature running through the urban jungle of the city. Cherry blossoms line the river in the spring, leaves turn different shades of red and orange in the fall, making this the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Perfect for dogs, children, and runners.
Aesop: For all of your hair, skin, and body needs, be sure to stop by this classy shop.
Kaldi Coffee Farm: From authentic Thai curry paste to all American peanut butter, Kaldi is your one stop shop for all of your international pantry needs.
SML: Dress up your cupboard with handmade pottery and earthenware all while supporting local artisans. THere’s something for everyone at this special craft store.
Museum of Contemporary Sculpture: Soak in the unique indoor and outdoor exhibits displayed all at no cost. All sculptures have been done by Japanese artists during the latter half of the 20th century.
Trains: Nakameguro is connected through two major subway lines: Hibiya and Toyoko. The Toyoko line goes directly to Shibuya and Daikanyama from one end and all the way to Yokoyama’s Chinatown. The Hibiya line is one of the most convenient in Tokyo, with stops such as Ebisu, Roppongi, and Ginza.
Buses: Plenty of buses run through Nakameguro, making stops at Meguro, Ebisu, and Shibuya stations to name a few.
Taxis: Taxis are easy to hail in Nakameguro, particularly through designated taxi stations just outside the train station and off the main street.