Tour the traditional shopping, entertainment and residential districts along the Tokyu Line in just 4 hours!

Pick up some information, get a discount ticket and go! Let’s take a short train trip.

Concierge Counter
Staff at SHIBUYA “CHIKAMICHI” (10:00 am – 8:00 pm) will be happy to serve you. You can leave your large suitcases there as well (with a fee).

Get the most out of your trip by making a few simple preparations first. Before checking out the areas along the Tokyu Line, pick up some information at SHIBUYA CHIKAMICHI, located in the first basement of the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line’s Shibuya Station. English speaking staff will provide you with tourist information for Shibuya and other areas along the Tokyu Line and tell you how to change trains.

CHIKAMICHI Lounge
Chic powder room
Sign in at SHIBUYA CHIKAMICHI and you can use the CHIKAMICHI Lounge (above) for free. The ladies’ powder room was designed by famous photographer and movie director Mika Ninagawa. The lounge is also equipped with a nursing room and a kids’ room.
Take advantage of SHIBUYA CHIKAMICHI's information board
Various services cater to the needs of tourists such as a map with multiple language indications and a touch panel information board
Purchasing a discount ticket

Purchase a “Tokyu 1-Day Open Ticket” and get on and off the train freely at any Tokyu Line stations for one day (660 yen). There are many tourist spots along the Tokyu Line: Jiyugaoka (a one-way ticket from Shibuya Station costs 160 yen), known as a stylish town, Futako-tamagawa (200 yen from Shibuya Station), Yokohama (270 yen from Shibuya Station), Minatomirai and Chinatown. The two areas we are visiting on this trip are also located along the Tokyu Line so it is a good idea to get a one-day pass.

How to go through the ticket gate
A Tokyu one-day pass is very easy to use. Make sure you pick up your pass after you go through the gate!

Two different fun and unique shopping streets

Musashikoayama Shopping Street

After about 25 minutes from Shibuya Station on the Tokyu Meguro Line, we arrive at our first destination: Musashikoyama Station. Changing trains was smooth as different rail lines are shown in separate colors and information boards indicating station names and numbers are easily found on platforms and inside train cars.

800m-shopping arcade

Musashikoayama Shopping Street is famous for its 800m shopping arcade

The shopping arcade is lined with old and well-established Japanese sweets shops, local vegetable stores, cafes, interior design shops and national chain drugstores, giving the street a warm, down-to-earth atmosphere. Visitors can get the feeling of a Japanese shopping street from the 1950s – 60s.

In front of a ningyo-yaki cake shop

The shopping arcade is lined with old and well-established Japanese sweets shops, local vegetable stores, cafes, interior design shops and national chain drugstores, giving the street a warm, down-to-earth atmosphere. Visitors can get the feeling of a Japanese shopping street from the 1950s – 60s.

Walking through Musashikoyama Shopping Street, we head for Nakahara Highway which has been in use since around the 12th century.

Strolling Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street

Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street runs a total of 1.3km and is the longest shopping street in Tokyo. It has Ginza in its name because bricks were brought from Ginza and used in the main street pavement when Ginza was damaged by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. Togoshi Ginza is the first shopping and entertainment street to have “Ginza” attached to its name.

With roughly 400 shops, Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street is a busy place. Over ten thousand shoppers visit the street even on a week day. Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street frequently appears on Japanese TV programs as one of Tokyo’s popular and traditional shopping streets. The street is also known for its original “Togoshi Ginza brand” products such as sweets and shochu (distilled spirits made from sweet potatoes and barley), developed by the shop owners of the Togoshi Ginza Shopping Street.

In front of a taiyaki cake shop

Eating freshly-made local snacks while strolling down the street is one of the best parts of visiting shopping streets. Filling up on taiyaki cake with a generous amount of sweet red bean paste filling, we head for our next destination.

Togoshi-ginza Station and railroad crossing
Conceptual drawing
Station building after renewal (image)

The new Togoshi-ginza Station will have a platform built with woods from the western Tokyo Tama district. The refreshing scent of woods will greet passengers getting on and off the train at Togoshi-ginza Station.

Paying a visit to a famous temple which led to the construction of a railroad

Ikegami Station

Taking the Tokyu Ikegami Line from Togoshi-ginza station, we arrive at Ikegami Station in about 20 minutes. The area is home to the prestigious Ikegami Honmonji temple, whose history is over 730 years old. The Ikegami Line was built in 1922 to serve the people coming to visit Ikegami Honmonji.

Walking through this temple town dotted with flower shops, Buddhist altar fittings shops and a Japanese sweets shop which was established in the 16th century, Ikegami Honmonji’s main gate comes into sight in about ten minutes.

Stone steps of Ikegami Honmonji

Ikegami Honmonji Temple’s main approach is 96 stone steps.The front approach is 96 stone steps built in the early 17th century.

Large deva gate
Ikegami Honmonji Temple deva gate. Engraved on the cross section of roof tiles is a Chinese character “本 (hon)”

The main hall which enshrines Nichiren, the founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, is a 27m-tall magnificent building. The roof is in the traditional iriomoya style (hip and gable roof) with slopes in the front and back like Kyoto’s Heian Jingu Daigokuden. A solemn atmosphere envelops the spacious and quiet temple grounds.

The Main hall
A group of women paying a visit to Ikegami Honmonji
Path in front of the five-storied pagoda
The five storied pagoda built in 1608 is designated as an important cultural property.
The five-storied pagoda during cherry blossom season

The path from the five-storied pagoda on the right hand side of the temple grounds to the front approach is lined with cherry trees. It is quite beautiful during cherry blossom season.

Taking a commemorative photo in front of a shop
Sagami-ya was founded in 1696. The current owner is the 12th generation.
arrowroot cake,kanto style

The specialty of the temple city of Ikegami Honmonji is arrowroot cake. It is pleasantly sweet, has a supple texture and is served with toasted soybean flour and dark molasses (molasses made by boiling down black sugar). Unlike kansai-style arrowroot cake which is made with kudzu starch, the kanto-style cake is made with flour starch that has undergone lactic fermentation. Ikegami Honmonji is the birthplace of kanto-style arrowroot cake and three specialty stores in the city have been in the arrowroot cake business since the 17th century.

We discovered appealing new sides of Tokyo by visiting two different shopping streets and a historic temple town situated along the Tokyu Line. We highly recommend hopping on the train and making your own discoveries.

Touring the traditional shopping, entertainment and residential districts along the Tokyu Line

Enjoy your stay in Tokyo with discount tickets

The Tokyu Corporation offers various convenient discount tickets like the “Tokyu 1-Day Open Ticket”. Use them wisely and make your stay in Tokyo even more memorable.

Get a “Triangle Ticket” and visit super fashionable areas from 400 yen~*

Shibuya, Jiyugaoka and Futako-Tamagawa areas are packed with extremely fashionable districts. There are many places to see even on a short sightseeing trip and you can easily find new favorite spots.

*The price changes depending on the station you start from.


Transportation times for the “visiting fashionable areas” route

Shibuya — ‹9 min by Tokyu Toyoko Line express train› — Jiyugaoka — ‹6 min by Tokyu Oimachi Line express train› — Futako-Tamagawa — ‹11 min by Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line express train› — Shibuya

The “Yokohama Chukagai Tabi Gurume Kippu” or Yokohama Chinatown Trip Gourmet Ticket, which consists of a Tokyu Toyoko Line & Minatomirai Line one-day pass and a meal coupon valid in Chinatown (2500 yen~*)

A Tokyu Line and Minatomirai Line one-day pass and a meal ticket in Chinatown. Get a great deal and have a memorable day-trip.

*The price changes depending on the station you start from.


Timetable for this trip, to enjoy a café in a fashionable town and dinner and the night view in Yokohama

Shibuya — ‹2 min by Tokyu Toyoko Line local train› — Daikanyama [Former Asakura Residence] — ‹9 min by Tokyu Toyoko Line local train› — Jiyugaoka — ‹22 min by Tokyu Toyoko Line/Minatomirai Line limited express train› — Motomachi/Chinatown [Chinatown] — ‹2 min by Tokyu Toyoko Line/Minatomirai Line local train› — Nihonodori — ‹10 min walk› — [Red Brick Warehouse] — ‹15 min walk› — Minato Mirai — ‹31 min by Tokyu Toyoko Line/Minatomirai Line limited express train› — Shibuya