A guide to local favorites in Nishi-Ogikubo
- By Yukari Sakamoto
- Photos by Irwin Wong
To sound like a local, use its shortened name, “Nishiogi”: This area is full of cafes and restaurants, some housed in kominka, or open-plan, traditional folk houses. Shoppers love perusing the antique and knickknack shops hoping to discover something unique. While other parts of the metropolis sparkle with newness, Nishiogi has a laid-back, hippie vibe. Tokyoites come here to chill out and explore.
Meet Yukari Sakamoto
Born in Tokyo, raised in Minnesota and drawn back to the Japanese capital to be closer to relatives, Yukari is the author of “Food Sake Tokyo.” She offers tours to local markets and cooking classes out of her home. On her days off, she can be found relaxing in onsen, or hot springs.
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