A Walk in Kagurazaka (神楽坂)

Here we are again – this time from Kagurazaka in Tokyo, a former entertainment district just outside the castle walls of Edo. Nowadays the area is known for its many shops, bars and restaurants, so when a good friend of mine asked if I’d like to spend an afternoon there I didn’t need to think twice.

Kagurazaka has a main road leading down a slope to the remnants of the inner castle moat, which is frequented by young couples and families who go on a small paddling tour there. The moat is also lined by restaurants, where one can enjoy a drink or a whole meal and enjoy the beautiful urban scenery.

Iidabashi Moat

Iidabashi Moat

Walking up the main street from the moat you’ll find many small shops and restaurants and with the easy-going atmosphere of the place it’s a lot of fun to check all of them out. With the restaurants – like everywhere in Japan – it’s enough to just look at the outside displays to get your mouth all watery.

But not just the main street is worth to spend time at – the many narrow alleys to its side are equally interesting. Some of them even hide traditional houses and an atmosphere that’s hard to find in modern and hectic Tokyo: a feeling of tranquility. Should you happen to come to Kagurazaka, make sure to take your time to explore the area!

If you’re into a bit of sightseeing too, you could check out the Akagi shrine. The shrine was already built in the Edo period, but has recently been renovated. Its new design looks a lot more modern than you would expect a shrine to look, combining glass and wood to give it a really distinct appearance. However, you’ll still find all of the usual signifiers of shintoist shrines too.

That’s enough for now. The next post will feature my recent trip to Hiroshima prefecture to meet some good friends after a long time. I hope you enjoyed the read. If there’s anything you’d like to ask just leave a comment!