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Explore Oku-Shibuya, an Area Off the Beaten Path

Jul 08, 2019

Have you heard of Oku-Shibuya (Inner Shibuya), a popular area that is a 5-minute walk from Yoyogi-Hachimangu Station and Yoyogi-Koen Station on the Odakyu Line? In Oku-Shibuya, you can find a ton of unique shops and cafés that serve carefully brewed coffee! Take a stroll through Oku-Shibuya to experience a more peaceful side of Tokyo.

So Books, an Art Book Shop in the Suburbs of Yoyogi-Hachimangu’s Suburbs

The first place we would like to introduce is So Books, only a minute away from Yoyogi-Hachimangu Station on the Odakyu Line. They have all kinds of art books, from classic to contemporary from both inside and outside of Japan. High-quality art books focusing on modern art, fashion, design, and architecture are all crammed into this small space. If you’re an art book collector, then you must stop by this shop at least once!

So Books
1-47-5 Uehara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 1:00PM-7:00PM
Closed: Sundays and Mondays
Telephone Number: 03-6416-8299

Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers, a Spot that Disseminates Culture to Everyone

Next up is Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers, a 10-minute walk away from Yoyogi-Hachimangu Station, where you can see the book editors hard at work through the window. This bookstore was made with the image of “living together with books”, so the store is filled with not only books but lifestyle goods and second-hand clothing that matches their concept. When you stop by, the staff hopes that you find a book that you never even dreamed existed in this cozy space.

Shibuya Publishing & Booksellers
Terrace Kanayama 1F 17-3 Kanayama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Mondays-Saturdays 11:00AM-11:00PM, Sundays 11:00AM-10:00PM
Closed when events etc. are being held

Doppietta-Tokyo, a New Wave Secondhand Camera Shop

Though you may feel a bit nervous entering a shop that is for such a technical hobby, the concept of Doppietta-Tokyo wants people to “enjoy cameras fashionably”, so they sell cameras that will fit with people’s lifestyles. They specialize in selling Leica cameras and lenses and also have a wide variety of high-quality camera straps available as well.

Royal Terrace 501 1-32-5 Uehara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 2:00PM-6:30PM
Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays
This shop is only open to those who make an appointment. If you would like to visit the shop, please visit the link below.

Try 15℃’s Burger, Topped with Organic Vegetables!

15℃ is a café in Yogogi-Hachimangu that is the sister shop of the popular bakery 365 Days. They serve delicious food made with pesticide-free seasonal vegetables, and their sandwiches stuffed with ingredients and hamburger made with domestic beef have received a lot of praise. As they are the sister café of a bakery, they also have cakes, breads, sweets and hand-roasted coffee available as well. If you’re taking a walk through Oku-Shibuya, then why don’t you stop by and try this café’s delectable dishes out?

1-2-8 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 7:00AM-5:30PM. Takeout Open until 11:00PM
Closed: Irregular Holidays

If You Love Latte’s, You Have to Check out The Latte Tokyo

Fuglen Tokyo is one of the most famous cafés in Oku-Shibuya, however, there are other cafés in the area too! One such place is The Latte Tokyo. The building entrance is lower than the street, and The Latte Tokyo’s stand is located in the small concept shop Inn. The lattes are made with Tokyo Milk and include two shots of espresso. The colors make a beautiful gradation, as seen in the photo above. Explore Oku-Shibuya with a latte in hand!

The Latte Tokyo
3-3 Kanayama, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-7:00PM
Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays – 10:00AM-6:00PM

If you’re looking to take a trip somewhere off the beaten path yet still convenient, then Oku-Shibuya is a great place to go! You’re sure to find something unique on your travels through the town.