The main street of Kagurazaka is a slope known amongst locals as the “shopping slope”. This slope, Waseda Dori or Kagurazaka Dori as depicted by many of the street signs, is rife with stores. As such, this neighborhood is a popular place to find Japanese souvenirs.
Much of Kagurazaka is historical so some of the clothing shops offer kimonos, sandals, hair ornaments, and the small handbags that often accompany kimono dress. There are also modern and upscale clothing stores and secondhand clothing stores. Kagurazaka used to be an entertainment district because of its past proximity to the Edo Palace, but is now considered a shopping and fashion district.
However, if you are looking for groceries, flowers, or even giftable sweets, Kagurazaka has plenty of that as well. The majority of the stores are on the aforementioned main street. There are multiple side streets but those are mainly residential with a spattering of restaurants.
Places of Interest
“La kagu” is a knick-knack shop with occasional, smaller pop up shops as well as a mini gallery within. If you reach the area by going to the Kagurazaka Station, “la kagu” will be right across the street from the exit. la kagu is in a renovated building utilizing the design of architect Kengo Kuma. As per Kengo’s design, the outside staircase is encouraged to be used as benches, where you can sit and enjoy a refreshing beverage from their in-house cafe, located on the first floor. “La kagu” also sells cosmetics and crafts made by local artisans, which makes it a great place to get unique made-in-Japan items.
Toushien is easily spotted from the street due to the assortment of dishes laid out on the ground in front. This two-story shop is filled with shelves lined with a variety of chinaware, pottery, ceramics, glassware, and just about anything that would set your table. There’s handmade pottery, mass produced wares, and delicate European style teacups that can be upwards of hundreds of dollar, each. They also have figurines, made from ceramic or from resin.
Literally “Seagull Books”, Kamome is a combo cafe, bookstore, and gallery. Kamome exists to keep physical books on shelves in an Internet and smartphone heavy age. They carefully curate the collection, including books that fit a theme, which they routinely change. The coffee comes from self roasters based in Kyoto and they also offer tea and food. Kamome is across the street from la kagu.