Daikanyama is just a single stop away from bustling Shibuya, but the neighbourhoods couldn't be more different.
Daikanyama has a distinctly European/modern American style, with some streets reminiscent of downtown New York, and others evoking Paris or London. Indeed, many cafes and restaurants here bear Italian and French names, and there's even a shop selling paletas, Mexican frozen fruit, and milk desserts on a stick.
You don't need a map or a guide book to enjoy this area: simply choose a direction and start wandering. Three main streets lead from Daikanyama Station: Hachiman-dori (towards Shibuya), Kyu Yamate-dori street (towards Komaba), and Komazawa-dori (towards Ebisu).
For foodies and beer-lovers: Check out the Spring Valley Brewery for a bite to eat and a bottle of craft beer.
For dog lovers: Hang around T-Site's dog park, where Daikanyama's most stylish pooches go for their grooming and dog fashion (!)
Combine a trip to Daikanyama with...
A walk around next-door Ebisu, a neighbourhood known for its funky restaurants and nightlife.
Or breakfast overlooking the iconic Shibuya Scramble Crossing.
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