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Feel like a Local on a Tour of Yoyogi-Uehara, a Suburb of Shinjuku!

Nov 15, 2018

In our last article, we featured the Shimokitazawa Tour offered by Ellista and Odakyu. Did you know that they also offer another tour that takes place around Shinjuku?

In this article, we will be focusing on a tour of Yoyogi-Uehara, a peaceful suburb of Shinjuku.

On this tour, you can get a taste of local life during your trip to Tokyo!

Meeting Our Tour Guide

We met up with the guide at Yoyogi-Uehara Station on the Odakyu Line. Yoyogi-Uehara is a very tidy station with a selection of food vendors and a supermarket inside.

Only one stop away from Shinjuku on the Odakyu Express Line, Yoyogi-Uehara is a calm suburb west of Yoyogi Park. There are tons of retro shops as well as more recently established eateries that have been featured in the media. The combination of the two means that this area is well-respected amongst Tokyoites.

First Stop - A Stylish Café

The first stop on the tour was Bien-Être Patisserie, a café that is famous for its parfaits. They offer many delicious sweets and pour over coffee made fresh by the cup when ordered.



We got our drinks to go and were ready to continue on the tour!



This area is a great place for a walk! You can get a feel for the way of life in Tokyo just by walking around this serene town.

Trying More Local Delicacies

The next stop was a tofu shop that is frequented by the locals where we tried fresh tofu and rich soy milk. The man running the shop was friendly and easy to talk to.



After that, we headed to a popular donut shop. There is usually a line-up outside of this store, and its donuts are frequently sold out. Photos were not allowed inside, but unique point of this shop is that the exterior looks like a traditional Japanese-style house. We got the Cacao Plain donut, a simple donuts made with cocoa dough. We couldn’t get enough of this tasty treat!



We then stopped by Daikokuyu, a retro sento bathhouse that has been standing in the middle of this upper-class suburb for a very long time. It is said that celebrities frequent this sento.

Ending the Tour at a Beautiful Shrine

The final spot was Yoyogi-Hachimangu Shrine. The guide told us that these days the shrine is a popular “power spot”, a place where people come to recharge, and has been a holy place since the Jomon period.



It was hard to believe that a shrine surrounded by such wonderful nature was in the middle of Tokyo.

We had a great time on this tour of a more “local” area of Tokyo. If you want a taste of daily life in Tokyo, we can’t recommend this tour highly enough.

You can find more information about this tour and more at the following links:
https://ellista.jp/yoyogiuehara/
https://www.odakyu.jp/english/support/lineup/

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