Your Neighborhood Guide to Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

Jiyugaoka, highly popular for its chic cafes and sophisticated sweets, is a haven for many with a sweet tooth. Not to mention the countless posh stores and hot spots hidden away in the backstreets to explore ー this stylish neighborhood is the perfect area to take a stroll or have a quiet date on the weekend.

Check out this list of spots for your next trip to Jiyugaoka, located only 15 minutes away from Shibuya Station on the Toyoko Line. In this neighborhood guide, we’ll show you places where you can get a bite of some delicious Western and Japanese desserts for you to enjoy.   

La Vita

Address: 2 Chome-8-3 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00-18:00
Tel: 03-3723-1881
http://www.tokyu.co.jp/tokyuplus/en/area/jiyugaoka/index.html

Walk a bit North from the station to the backstreets of Jiyugaoka and you’ll find yourself in La Vita, a cute outdoor establishment with some fancy shops. With a bridge over a little canal and a gondola floating by its side, this place is like a miniature version of Little Venice. So have a coffee in hand and take a relaxing stroll around the area. It’s a great place to take a few fancy photos of your memorable trip. 

The colorful shops, bridge and canal of La Vita, "Little Venice in Jiyugaoka"
The colorful shops, bridge and canal of La Vita, “Little Venice in Jiyugaoka”

La Vita is also right next to Puppy Hills, a pink European-style castle complex full of shops for dog lovers.

Kosoan (Japanese tea house and gallery)

Address:  1 Chome-24-23 Jiyugaoka, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0035
Hours: 11:00-18:30     Holiday:  Every Wednesday
Tel: 03-3718-4203
http://kosoan.co.jp

After you’ve visited La Vita, take a tea break at a traditional Japanese tea house located right across the street. At first glance, you might think it’s a residence with a small “teien” garden and miss the teahouse further inside. So look out for a small wooden shop sign and menu placed at the entrance. Once inside, take off your shoes and enter the “hiroma” or tea room. Enjoy the traditional Japanese tea house atmosphere, with low tables and tatami floors and “fusuma” and “shoji” for doors. Get comfortable and choose from a variety of Japanese sweets and drinks. We recommend having the ice cream “anmitsu” (Mitsumame topped with bean jam + ice cream, Hoji Tea) set.

Don't miss the wooden Kosoan shop sign! Take the path on the right to the entrance.
Don’t miss the wooden Kosoan shop sign! Take the path on the right to the entrance.
The Japanese "Teien" Garden of Kosoan tea house (Jiyugaoka)
The Japanese “Teien” Garden of Kosoan tea house (Jiyugaoka)
One of the two "hiroma" tea rooms (Kosoan, Jiyugaoka)
One of the two “hiroma” tea rooms (Kosoan, Jiyugaoka)
Ice Cream Anmitsu Set (Kosoan, Jiyugaoka)
Ice Cream Anmitsu Set (Kosoan, Jiyugaoka)
Not to worry! They are visitor friendly! Japanese and English menu provided! (Kosoan, Jiyugaoka)
Not to worry! They are visitor friendly! Japanese and English menu provided! (Kosoan, Jiyugaoka)
Enjoy more of the traditional Japanese atmosphere at Kosoan tea house (Jiyugaoka)
Enjoy more of the traditional Japanese atmosphere at Kosoan tea house (Jiyugaoka)

Kumano Shrine

Address: 1 Chome-24-12 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0035
Tel: 03-3717-7720

In the midst of the Western landscape and shops lies another quiet and peaceful Japanese oasis. This 800-year-old shrine is hidden away in the backstreets of Jiyugaoka, but is well known by the locals. Inside the shrine, you’ll see on your right a small playground, as well as, the statue of the man who named Jiyugaoka, Kyujiro Kuriyama (a.k.a. the Father of Jiyugaoka.) It is said the pine tree located in the main part of the shrine is from Yoshino Grand Shrine ー  legend has it a god dwells in this pine tree protecting the shrine and the surrounding area. So make sure you spot it and pray for good fortune and prosperity.

Kumano Shrine in Jiyugaoka
Kumano Shrine in Jiyugaoka
The statue of Kyujiro Kuriyama, a.k.a.the Father of Jiyugaoka, at Kumano Shrine
The statue of Kyujiro Kuriyama, a.k.a.the Father of Jiyugaoka, at Kumano Shrine
The entrance to Komano Shrine (Jiyugaoka)
The entrance to Komano Shrine (Jiyugaoka)

Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe

Address:  1 Chome-25-20 Jiyugaoka, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0035 (MYU 1F)
Hours: 11:00-21:00  (L.O. 20:00)
Tel: 03-3725-4118
http://www.peterrabbit-japan.com/cafe/

One step into this cafe and you’ve entered the wonderful world of Peter Rabbit! The happy hare will greet you himself at the entrance. And you’ll even get to eat and have tea with the fellow at your table.  Everything from the food to the walls is decorated with Beatrix Potter’s illustrations. Great for tea with the girls or lunch/dinner with a date ー this cute restaurant will put a smile on your face!

Sweets Forest

Address:  2 Chome-25-7 Midorigaoka, Meguro, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00-20:00  (Some shops may close earlier)    Holiday: New Years Day
Tel: 03-5731-6600
http://www.sweets-forest.com

If you’re craving lots of sweets and wanting it all in one place, Sweets Forest is the place for you. The concept of this heavenly complex is to feel the “happiness of sweets”, so see and indulge as much as you want in their delectable desserts. Numerous “super patissiers” have their work on display ー Choose one (or more) delightful cakes, crepes or ice cream and savor it at their colorful themed food courts.  

Entrance decorated to a Halloween theme (Sweets Forest, Jiyugaoka)
Entrance decorated to a Halloween theme (Sweets Forest, Jiyugaoka)
A dessert shop (Sweets Forest, Jiyugaoka)
A dessert shop (Sweets Forest, Jiyugaoka)
Seating is available for you to eat your desserts (Sweets Forest, Jiyugaoka)
Seating is available for you to eat your desserts (Sweets Forest, Jiyugaoka)
Some more delightful sweets shops (Sweets Forest, Jiyugaoka)
Some more delightful sweets shops (Sweets Forest, Jiyugaoka)
Take some cake to go! (Sweets Forest)
Take some cake to go! (Sweets Forest)

Bake Cheese Tart

Address:  1 Chome-31-10 Jiyugaoka, Meguro, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00-20:00
Tel: 03-5726-8861
https://cheesetart.com

Have you had the famous Bake Cheese Tarts yet? If you haven’t, you’d want to try these Hokkaido-born, freshly baked cheese tarts! At Bake Cheese Tart, you’ll be able to enjoy crispy, rich and fluffy cheese tarts fresh from the oven, no matter when you visit! They always have a freshly baked batch. Take a bite into the tarts and savor the soft, creamy original blend cream cheese mouse filling the inside. Enjoy the crunch of the double-baked crust. One delightful tart is 216 yen. If you can’t get enough, six pieces in a box is 1,242 yen. You can have them the next day chilled like a cheesecake, frozen like a cheese ice cream tart or reheated in the toaster oven to enjoy them just like they were freshly baked.  

Stop by our shop to get yourself a cute pair of ballerina flats or elegant knitted loafers for your next neighborhood walk!

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