Discover the creative area of Koenji - an area deeply linked to its colorful past. Here, just a short train ride west of Shinjuku Station, you'll find an endless selection of eccentric stores sling all kinds of vintage gear, from retro electronics to previously-loved clothing that oozes counterculture. Off the beaten path, your host will lead you to Mabashi Shrine, near the station, where a tiny forest shrouds some truly magnificent history and you will also browse the retro shopping streets that define Koenji’s culture, where crafty vendors like Yakusoku and Malto re-purpose vintage treasures. Down at Penguin House, you can bring your own yakitori chicken skewers and jam to some local rock and jazz, while Renaissance, on the other end of the neighborhood, serves up craft coffee in a basement filled with the sounds of classical music. If you’re lucky, you could even catch Koenji during the Awa Odori festival, where more than 10 000 dancers celebrate the arrival of summer. End the experience by sipping on artisanal coffee at specialist coffee store like Coffee Amp and chat to your host about all the other cool things you can do in Koenji and elsewhere in Tokyo.
Hi, I’m Nick, and I work alongside a brilliant team: Kenji, Kento, Martina and a bunch of adventurous local guides. Kenji is a funny and friendly guy with a love for night hikes and deep conversations, Kento is obsessed with sushi, Netflix and all things Tokyo, and Martina is a fun, funky language interpreter who spends her time in cafes, exploring the city, and hanging out in arcades. One thing we have in common is that we’re passionate about our city, and we want to share its cool and quirky subcultures with travelers like you. Join us on an unforgettable discovery of Koenji, Tokyo’s punk heartland that’s overflowing with eccentric stores selling vintage gear, retro electronics artisanal coffee. Nick will be your prime point of contact during your booking process, helping to answer your questions and queries.
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Discover Tokyo’s punk heartland, where alternative youth cultures have thrived and blossomed for decades. Your host will introduce you to Koenji’s famous, laid-back ‘live houses’, where great food and craft beer go hand in hand with live entertainment and wander among Koenji's hidden Shinto shrines, while your host narrates eras gone by. Take in the area’s artistic vibes from one of Tokyo’s best coffee shops.
Secrets and Highlights of Koenji, Tokyo