Daikanyama (代官山) is a trendy district in Tokyo, just south of Shibuya. Unlike nearby Shibuya and Ebisu which have many tall buildings, large shopping malls and high traffic, Daikanyama is comparatively quieter with a mix of residential and commercial buildings that are mostly low-rise. Street wear and fashion brands make up the majority of the local shops, while independent cafes and restaurants provide an attractive range of dining options.

The area is compact and can be comfortably covered on foot as many of the popular sites are no more than a ten minute walk from the station and each other. One of the district's main attractions is the Daikanyama T-Site, a pleasant commercial complex comprising of a bookstore with chic designs, cafes and retail stores.

Former Asakura Residence

Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (until 16:30 from Nov to Feb)
Closed: Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a national holiday), Dec 29 to Jan 3
Typical visit duration: 30-45 minutes
The Former Asakura Residence (Kyū-Asakura-ke Jūtaku) dates to 1919 and is designated as an important cultural property. The head of the Asakura family served as the former chairman of both the Tokyo prefectural and Shibuya city assemeblies. Visitors can appreciate both Japanese and Western elements in the well maintained house. The garden surrounding the western part of the house resembles a small forest and offers seasonal flora.

Daikanyama T-Site

Hours: 7:00 to 2:00am (some shops have different hours)
Closed: No closing days
Opened in 2011, the Daikanyama T-Site quickly became the area's landmark. More than a bookstore or rental shop, the white lattice buildings create a lifestyle zone providing a cool and hip place to be and be seen, including numerous cafes. The book and magazine selections are wide and varied, with an emphasis on design, art and culture. Foreign or bilingual publications can also be easily found here.

Log Road

Hours: Varies depending on shop, typically from 8:00 to 20:00 (around 22:00 for restaurants)
The Log Road is an approximately 200 meter long, redeveloped area on the former site of the Tokyu Toyoko Line before it was moved underground. Its main tenants are a couple of restaurants and a fashion and lifestyle label. The walking path parallel to the shops is lined with seasonal flora and creates a relaxing atmosphere.

Getting there and around

Daikanyama Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line serves as the entry point into Daikanyama. The one way ride from Shibuya takes three minutes and costs 130 yen.

Alternatively, Daikanyama can be reached on foot in less than ten minutes from Ebisu Station or in about 15 minutes from Shibuya Station, both of which are stops on the JR Yamanote Line.

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