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Tokyo/Meguro

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Meguro (目黒区) is a largely residential district in southwest Tokyo, named after the Meguro River. As of April 2021, Meguro had a population of approximately 287,000 people.

Understand[edit]

Cherry blossom petals in the Meguro River

Meguro is a peripheral ward of the city, lying between Setagaya and Shinagawa. One of the most notable areas is Jiyugaoka, a posh neighborhood with pedestrian friendly avenues leading from the station and some tree lined walking paths and many benches. It's a more mature yet still trendy area especially among women with many cafes, boutiques, clothing stores, and cake shops.

Get in[edit]

The JR Yamanote, Metro Namboku (N01), Toei Mita (I01) and Tokyu Meguro lines all pass through Meguro Station. The Metro Hibiya and Tokyu Toyoko lines also stop at Naka-Meguro (中目黒), the other end of the area.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Meguro Sky Garden (目黒天空庭園・オーパス夢ひろば), 1-9-2 Ohashi, Meguro-ku (3 min walk east of Ikejiri-ōhashi Stn). 7AM–9PM. This is a unique place - a rooftop garden above an expressway with over 1000 trees in over 30 varieties, including cherry trees, pines, and bamboo, built in a circle with a circumference of around 400 meters. The garden covers 7000 sq. meters and goes as high as 35m above ground. There is also a small vineyard there, with the grapes made into wine in Yamanashi. The skyline all around you makes a nice picture, and as a park, it is one of the most unusual you will ever visit. Free.  edit
  • Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館), 4-1-1 Shimomeguro, 03-3716-1264 (fax: 03-3716-2322), [1]. Wed-Sun 10AM-5PM; closed around New Years. One of a kind and oddly popular with couples on dates, although you might want to skip lunch before (or after) your visit here as the exhibits and pictures can be rather graphic. A compact two-story building, the most famous exhibit inside is an 8.8 meter-long tapeworm, with a matching string for you to take the measurement. Free; donations appreciated.  edit
  • Meguro Gajoen (目黒雅叙園), (5 minute walk from the West exit of JR Meguro Stn, adjacent to the Arco Tower Bldg). A luxury hotel and wedding hall, with restaurants, cafes, banquet rooms, plus a beautiful koi pond with multiple waterfalls. One of the most popular attractions, though, is the spectacular public restroom.  edit
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (東京都庭園美術館), 5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku (5 min from the Meguro Stn East exit), 03-3443-0201, [2]. Art museum housed in a classic Art Deco style structure, connected to a small park with Japanese and Western gardens and outdoor sculptures.  edit
  • Institute for Nature Study (自然教育園), 5-21-5 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku (adjacent to Teien Art Museum), 03-3441-7176 (, fax: 03-3441-7012), [3]. Sep 1-Apr 30 9AM-4:30PM, May 1-Aug 31 9AM-5PM; closed Mon, Dec 28-Jan 4. A 200,000 sq. meter nature preserve in the heart of the city, with birds and waterfowl, insects and marine life. Adults ¥300, senior citizens and children free.  edit
  • Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo (目黒区美術館), 2-4-36 Meguro, Meguro-ku, 03-3714-1201 (fax: 03-3715-9328), [4]. 10AM-6PM, Closed Mon. Has several rotating exhibits following certain specific themes, such as children with dolls, life under covid-19, etc. Fees vary..  edit
  • Tenonzan Gohyaku Rakanji (天恩山五百羅漢寺), 3-20-11 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku (12-min walk SW of Meguro Sn or 8-min walk NW of Fudomae Stn), 03-3792-6751 (fax: 03-3792-7800), [5]. 9AM-5PM. A temple established in 1695 with one monk carving all the rakan (enlightened Buddhist disciples) over about 20 years. The statues have been designated an Important Cultural Property of Tokyo, and the temple underwent a major restoration in 1981. With a restaurant and tea house, serving kaiseki cuisine and Buddhist vegetarian food (reservations may be required). ¥300.  edit
  • Suzume-no-Yado Ryokuchi Park (雀のお宿緑地公園), 3-11-22 Himonya, Meguro-Ku, 03-3572-29775, [6]. This park started as a place for bamboo shoot cultivation, which began about 200 years ago and reached its peak in the middle of the Taisho Era (1912-1925). Thousands of sparrows have adopted the park as a home, and today you can still see the large bamboo grove and zelcova trees. Free.  edit
  • Jiyūgaoka Kumano Shrine (自由が丘熊野神社), 1-24-12 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, 03-3717-7720, [7]. A small but colorful shrine hidden away in a residential area in Jiyugaoka. Has some nice wood carvings and paintings, but offers mostly quiet reflection.  edit
  • Meguro River Cherry Blossoms Promenade (目黒川の桜並木), Nakameguro, Meguro-ku (Next to Naka-Meguro Park). During cherry blossom season (usually late March to early April), the trees by the normally rather drab Meguro River bloom pink and Japanese congregate to picnic and drink by the riverside.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Meguro Citizens' Festival (目黒区民まつり, ''Meguro Kumin Matsuri''), 1-25-8 Meguro, Meguro-ku. This festival, held in the second half of September, is one of the biggest in Meguro and draws huge crowds. One of the biggest activities is a mass BBQ of over 5000 sanma fish (Pacific saury a.k.a. mackerel pike) beside the river where the fish are charcoal-grilled and given away to the people for free. The festival also has taiko drumming, traditional rakugo storytelling, and children's activities.  edit
  • Naka-Meguro Cherry Blossom Festival (中目黒桜まつり), 1-24 Kami-Meguro, Meguro-ku. Taking place in early April every year (depending on when the blossoms come out), this festival includes parades with school bands or music performances in addition to the nighttime illuminations of the cherry blossoms on both sides of the Meguro River in the evening.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Kameyamannendo (亀屋万年堂 自由が丘総本店), 1-15-12 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, 03-3717-0400, [8]. 9:30AM–7:30PM. This Japanese-style confectionery shop was establish since 1938.  edit
  • Wara (和ら), 2 Chome-14-14-8 Midorigaoka, Meguro-ku, 03-3725-7338, [9]. 11AM–7PM, Closed Sun-Mon. There are many kinds of kimono which are gathered all over Japan. Money pouches (巾着, kinchaku) and bags which are made by cloth of kimono are popular. In this shop, you can also learn how to put on a kimono.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest (自由が丘スイーツ フォレスト), 2-25-7 2F Midorigaoka, Meguro-ku, 03-5731-6600, [10]. 11AM-7PM. This is a mall dedicated to desserts. Multiple shops and cafes. ¥500~.  edit
  • Hara-Donut (はらドーナツ), 1-3-13 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, 03-3714-8853, [11]. 10AM–7PM. Organic donut shop. Seemingly oxymoronic healthy donuts are made with soy milk. ¥200.  edit
  • Shutters (シャッターズ自由が丘), 5-27-15 Okusawa, Setagaya-ku, 03-3717-0111, [12]. 10AM–10PM. Try the apple pie a la mode. Popular dishes here are the odd combination of spare ribs and apple pie. You can eat many flavors of tender spare ribs such as soy sauce, basil, and mustard. You can choose from sauces on your apple pie: cinnamon, blueberry, raspberry, chocolate and carmel — with vanilla ice cream too. ¥1500~.  edit
  • El Pescador (エル ペスカドール), 1-13-4 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, 03-3723-8471. 11:30AM-2PM, 5PM-11PM. Very friendly family run Spanish eatery. Only a 5 minute walk from the station. The paella is delicious and usually sells out so get there early. Always busy so best to make reservations. It's a hidden gem next to the train tracks. ¥1500~.  edit
  • Sushikou (鮨幸), 2-18-14 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, 03-3717-1720, [13]. 5–10PM, Closed Sun. A high class sushi place with champagne, wine, and Japanese sake. ¥10,000~.  edit
  • Tonkatsu Tonki (とんかつ とんき), 1-1-2 Shimo-meguro (Meguro West exit, down the hill on the left), 03-3491-9928, [14]. 4PM-10:45PM, Closed Tue and third Mon of the month. Possibly good place to go for tonkatsu (breaded deep-fried pork cutlets), and popular with foreigners.  edit
  • Junkadelic, 4-10-4 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku (from the east exit of Nakameguro Station, follow the train tracks south, continue past the Family Mart, the restaurant is just under the train tracks from Natural Lawson), 03-5725-5020, [15]. 6PM-2AM. Though the building looks a little old, this Mexican restaurant has some great Tex-Mex cuisine. The menu is not very large, but what it has is worth eating. Portions are reasonably sized, so consider getting an appetizer along with the main dish. For drinks, there are several Mexican beers and Mexican tequila available. Main dishes ¥800-1600. (35.640978,139.694295) edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Irish Pub Clann (アイリッシュパブ・クラン), 1-8-18, 03-3725-9116, [16]. 5PM-3AM. Irish pub with live music many nights.  edit
  • Rakuya (楽屋), Kami-Meguro 2-15-6 (3 min from Naka-Meguro station), 03-3714-2607, [17]. Spacious, classy but casual restaurant-bar with live music every night.  edit
  • Clash, 1-3-28 2F Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku (Take either of the main roads leading downhill to the river from JR Meguro Stn), 03-5747-9979, [18]. 4PM–9PM. A British-style place with several varieties of craft beer, ale, gin, and whiskey, as well as typical foods like fish & chips, roast beef, pasta, and ribs.  edit
  • Speyside Way, Meguro-ku Jiyugaoka 1-26-9 5F Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku (North exit, take second right down a narrow street two short blocks to a T, across the street an just to the left. Look up for the sign.), 03-3723-7807, [19]. 6PM–12AM, Closed Tue. Hundreds of whiskeys fill every available space. Hundreds. Short selection of micro-beers is also available.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Westin Tokyo, 1-4-1 Mita, Meguro-ku, 03-5423-7000. Rooms are elegant and well furnished with over-sized bathrooms and workout areas. Their in house spa offers a variety of services. ¥33,000~.  edit
  • Tokyu Stay Meguro-Yutenji (東急ステイ目黒・祐天寺), 2-15-7 Yutenji, Meguro-ku (Yutenji Stn, on the Toyoko Line from Shibuya), 03-5721-1109 (fax: 03-5401-1107), [20]. Part of the Tokyu Stay chain, these hotels are popular with business travelers. The small kitchenettes, washer/dryers, and free LAN access in all rooms makes these a good value. Singles start at ¥9,450, doubles at ¥17,850. Slight discounts are offered for extended stays.  edit
  • Hotel Princess Garden (ホテルプリンセスガーデン), 2-23-7 Kami-Osaki, 03-3779-1010, [21]. Princess Garden offers rooms that are very comfortable. The beautiful garden and Japanese Tea Room on the hotel grounds add a level of beauty and serenity. ¥7700~.  edit
  • Hotel Pulitzer Jiyugaoka (ホテル ピュリッツァー 自由が丘), 2-11-18 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku (Exit on the Rotary side. Walk past Cafe Excelsior and on the left just before the next light.), 03-5726-3361, [22]. Small hotel with only 18 rooms right in the center of Jiyugaoka. ¥15,000~.  edit



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