What is Setagaya Line?
Setagaya Line is a small tramway operated by Tokyu Dentetsu that runs slowly in the suburban neighborhood of the Setagaya ward to the southwest of Tokyo. Though this local train and the surrounding area is not well-known among tourists, stop at a nearby town to take a glimpse of vibrant everyday life. Look at the small streets, houses, shops, and people, etc.
Places to Visit
#1. Suzuran Street
Sangenjaya is an old town with lots of cafes, bars, and restaurants with a homely atmosphere. Because Sangenjaya is on the Setagaya Line, the tramway terminal station connects with the Denentoshi Line to Shibuya, which is only two stops away. The area is calmer with laid-back locals yet has an edgy ambiance with a mixture of new and old. Suzuran Street is one of the tiny small authentic hidden alleyways always packed with locals and is packed with bars and restaurants that provides a nostalgic atmosphere, it’s especially fun to stroll around at night.
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Address: 4-22-13 Taishido, Setagaya ward, Tokyo
Access: 1 minute walk from Sangenjaya Station
Website: Suzuran Street (Japanese)
#2. Carrot Tower Observatory
Carrot Tower is a 27 story modern high rise building situated right above Sangenjaya Station. On the 26th floor of the building, there is an observatory that anyone can visit for free, which is open until late at night. Since Carrot Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the area, you can enjoy a superb panoramic view of the suburban Tokyo landscape.
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Carrot Tower Observatory
Address: 4-1-1 26F Taishido, Setagaya ward, Tokyo
Access: 1 minute from Sangenjaya Station
Hours: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
*Closed on second Wednesday of every month
Phone : 03-5430-1381
#3. Shoinjinja Dori Shotengai
Shoinjinja-Mae Station is a residential area and it is the third stop from Sangenjaya Station. Shoinjinja-Dori Shotengai has lots of grocery shops, cafes, bakeries, and restaurants that sells anything needed for daily life. Most them are small family-owned shops that bring a homely atmosphere to the area with a mixture of modern and stylish shops that fascinate the younger generations as well.
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Shoinjinja Dori Shotengai
Address: 3-17 Wakabayashi, Setagaya ward, Tokyo
Access: In front of Shoinjinja-Mae Station
Website: Shoinjinja Dori Street (Japanese)
#4. Shoin Shrine
Only a few minutes from Shoinjinja-Mae Station, at the north end of the shopping street there is the Shoin Shrine. It was originally a cemetery for Shoin Yoshida, a well-known philosopher and educator from the mid-19th century, he devoted himself to educating top leaders during the final years of Edo period. Leader were educated on ways to deal with political issues and foreign frictions etc. that were effecting Japan during the modernization. His cemetery was transformed to a shrine in 1882. It is a beautiful and well-maintained traditional Japanese shrine that would slip back to ancient times.
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Address: 4-35-1 Wakabayashi, Setagaya ward, Tokyo
Access: 3 minute walk from Shoinjinja-Mae Station
Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Website: Shoin Shrine (Japanese)
#5. Tsuruno-Yu Public Bath
If you want to experience deep local culture, Tsuruno-Yu would be a place to visit in the backstreets of Shoinjinja-Mae. It is an authentic traditional public bath called a sento or public bath, where locals come to take a bath to relax themselves. But before entering the bath tub, please note it is required to wash the body first.
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Address: 4-20-15 Wakabayashi, Setagaya ward, Tokyo
Access: 2 minute walk from Shoinjinja-Mae Station
Hours: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
*Closed on Wednesdays and Saturdays
Admissions: 400 yen
Website: Tsuruno-Yu (Japanese)
#6. Gotokuji Temple
Manekineko or Lucky Cat Doll is popular among Japanese people because it is a lucky charm. At Gotokuji Temple near Miyanosaka Station, you will find hundreds of thousands of waving cat dolls around the temple because it is believed that a cat used to live in this temple in the early 17th century. It was said that the cat brought luck to one of the feudal loads. Since then, this cat was enshrined as a god in this temple. Though it might be a small temple, cat dolls will welcome you with its unique and quaint atmosphere.
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Address: 2-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya ward, Tokyo
3 minute walk from Miyanosaka Station
10 minute walk from Gotokuji Station
Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
#7. Shimotakaido Ekimae Ichiba Market
Shimotakaido Eikimae Ichiba is an indoor market at the West Exit of the station packed with small shops and stalls selling fresh fish, vegetables, and tofu, etc. where you can feel the nostalgia from the 1970’s. You will be amazed to see the long shopping streets and the alleys with locals crammed around the station.
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Shimotakaido Ekimae Market
Address: 3-42-4 Matsubara, Setagaya ward, Tokyo
Access: 1 minute walk from Shimotakaido Station
Website: Shimotakaido Indoor Market (Japanese)