Stylish Meguro City Ward, with its lively residential areas, is full of trendy lifestyle attractions. Shopping districts, upscale architectural marvels and even a tragic history of love all find a home in the city. Here is an introduction to some of the landmarks and historical spots of Meguro and how to reach them.
La Vita Jiyugaoka
La Vita Jiyugaoka recreates the Venetian sense of style with its canals, bridges and European-themed architecture and buildings. Perhaps because of its compact size, this shopping complex remains quite popular with visitors who pick up a nice meal while shopping, all the while amazed that they are still in Tokyo.
A 5-mnute walk from Jiyugaoka Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line.
Featuring seven extraordinary function rooms - four of which are listed as Tangible Cultural Assets of Tokyo - Meguro Gajoen is also home to the famous Hyakudan Kaidan 100-Step Staircase. With its hotel, wedding hall, and series of restaurants, the building's art and culture are surreal reminders of an opulent history.
A 3-minute walk from Meguro Station on the JR Yamantoe Line.
Before eventually emptying into Tokyo Bay, the Meguro River cuts an 8km-long picturesque path through the city. With plenty of relaxed walking trails along its banks as well as easy dining and sightseeing, the river is a popular destination, particularly during the cherry blossom blooming season when it really comes to life.
An 8-minute walk from Meguro Station on the JR Yamanote Line.
Said to be the well where Yaoya Oshichi was mourned, the story of Oshichi Well is a tragic 17th-century tale of love gone horribly wrong. Despite the judge trying to avoid issuing the sentence, the young Oshichi who had attempted to burn down a temple in order to meet a man she loved, was eventually burned at the stake.
A 3-minute walk from Meguro Station on any of the Namboku, Mita or JR Yamanote lines.