So this is another video part of my Hidden Spots series.
And today we’re exploring Sangenjaya.
Sangenjaya is in the Setagaya ward in south-west Tokyo,
and it’s only a five-minte train ride away from Shibuya station,
yet it has a completely different atmosphere.
It’s a common old neighborhood in Tokyo and
has a lot of interesting streets and unique shops.
Today I’ll be showing you one of my favoriate cafes in this area,
free views of Tokyo from up high.
And also the hidden-back alleys where you can enjoy
the best local experience of Japanese drinking and eating.
So, are you guys ready to check out this area with me？
The first place I went to
was this coffee shop called Comeda’s Coffee.
They have more than 400 branches across Japan,
and it is a very popular coffee shop amongst the locals.
So sometimes you might have to write your name down
and wait a little before they call you.
It has a comfortable atmosphere.
so it’s a great place to come alone or with others.
And when you come to Japan
most places will give you this Oshibori,
a wet hand towel to wipe your hands before you eat.
I get so used to this that
I miss not getting it when I’m overseas.
There is a lot to choose from,
but Comeda’s coffee is famous for their sandwiches.
The food sold here is also a very typical breakfast meal for Japanese.
Their sweets and coffees are also very popular here.
I wasn’t too hungry so I decided to get the egg bun,
and when you’re ready to order
just press the bell and they will come.
Could I get the egg buns？
So, this is what it look like.
Comeda’s coffee cuts up the egg
and mixes it with Japanese mayonnaise
which makes it taste really good.
And actually egg mayonnaise is a typical filling in Japanese sandwiches.
So now let’s walk and go see the free view
from the tallest tower in this area.
Sangenjaya has a few shopping streets
where the locals go to do their everyday shopping.
It has many different shops
so it’s very convenient to find what you’re looking for.
It’s really interesting the Japanese infrastructure is really different,
and it’s so cramped all these little back alleys.
They hardly have any gardens,
so you know, what do the kids do？
I mean, when I was a kid I loved to play in the garden,
but then again I’m from New Zealand
so that’s all we had like nature and all the stuff.
The typhoon is coming. Look how windy this is.
I personally love local areas as you know,
but I also wanna show them to people.
You know, because a lot of people they don’t know how to find it,
especially if you’re tourists in Tokyo.
I can see where I’m taking you guys now.
So this is the building. It’s free to see a view of Tokyo.
It’s completely free
but it’s not so well-known.
It’s called the Carrot Towel.
I’m not quite sure why because it doesn’t look like a carrot to me.
Now we’re in the building
and we’re going to go to the 26th floor.
Now take the elevator to the 26th floor,
and the elevator should be pretty straightforward to find.
So we are here on the 26th floor,
and thank god it’s not raining,
because it’s the typhoon season but…
you probably…you can’t see it’s too bright.
Alright, let me fix that.
When you first exit the elevator on your left,
you will see this view.
You can see Shinjuku skyscrapers in the background.
This is what it looks like when you first enter.
They have a lot of big windows for you to see the view.
A lot of people also buy a lunch and bring it up to eat here.
You can see the local neighborhoods and the city in the near distance.
There are also affordable cafes here.
And if you have a meal at this restaurant
you can enjoy the views of Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower.
So near the tower we were just in,
There is actually a cool little alley-way filled with
small interesting restaurants and Japanese bars.
That’s so cool.
These alley-ways are called Yokocho in Japanese
and they can be found all over Japan.
When you walk down these alley-ways it takes you back in time,
and it has an old traditional Japanese atmosphere to it.
The shops here are smaller than average
as it builds a cozy atmosphere
for you and the other customers,
and the shop staff to be able to eat and have conversations.
There are also some pretty interesting and hidden away shops,
so go explore and see what you can find
The Yokocho I just showed you guys now
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is more of the, what do you call it,
like the standard one that most people would know,
but the one I am at now
is more for the locals who live in this area.
And it looks like a lot of these shops have been going on,
have been running for a long time.
And a lot of them aren’t open yet
but look how small they are.
So at night these shops’ll be full of people and have a fun atmosphere.
And it’s also a great way to experience drinking and eating like the locals.
Also, there are a lot of different kinds of foods for you to try out and eat.
And I love how some shops you can just eat on the streets
while everyone is walking past.
So if you want to have a night out
and drink and eat the locals way,
definitely check this area out.
So I hope you guys enjoy this video of the Hidden Spot series.
And I will be doing much more of these.
So if you’re coming to Tokyo I hope you can
add more and more onto your list,
and if you’re not coming to Tokyo
I hope you can just see a different side of Tokyo.
So yeah, I hope to show more of those on my channel here.
And people are kind of looking at me like a weirdo,
because I’m sitting on this swirly stairs,
and taking a video talking to my camera.
Obviously…AHH… OMG The bugs are on me.
Oh my god that scared the hell outta me.
I hope you guys enjoy this video,
please leave a comment down below
about some other videos you guys would like to see me do.
And I will see you in the next video.
Thanks for watching.