Updated: July 12, 2018
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Aoyama, Tokyo: You'll Be Glad To Know These Interesting Spots!

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Aoyama is the area adjacent to Harajuku. It's known for being an upscale district full of stylish cafes and boutiques. You can easily spend an afternoon there. Here are some great spots you should check out!

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Aoyama

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Aoyama is a district in Minato-ku that is directly adjacent to Harajuku (or the wider area known as Jimgumae which encompasses Harajuku). If you start from the Harajuku Station and walk down the famous Omotesando Boulevard, you will eventually run into the perpendicular boulevard called Aoyama-dori, the main commercial artery of Aoyama. Around Aoyama-dori there are a plethora of relaxing cafes, good restaurants and famous expensive brand-name boutiques, alongside more affordable ones and some second-hand vintage clothing stores mostly in the back alleys. If you love shopping you'll be served. There are also some interesting cultural things to do such as visiting the Nezu Museum, and some pleasant strolls to take in peaceful green areas. Here are our picks for the best things to do in Aoyama.

Nezu Museum 根津美術館

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The Nezu Museum is arguably the most important cultural gem of the Aoyama district. The gallery includes an impressive collection of Japanese traditional art including ancient paintings, calligraphy, and sculptures. The collection is not the only reason you should go there, the museum also has a beautiful traditional garden and many relaxing spaces, including a cafe surrounded by large windows with a view of the garden.
Price: ¥1,000 (¥800 for students)
Hours: from 10 AM to 5 PM (closed on Mondays)
Address: 6-5-1, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: nearest station is the Omotesando Station (Exit A5)

Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum 岡本太郎記念館

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For art lovers, there is another museum that might be worth visiting. It's the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, which is located a short distance walk from the Nezu Museum. The place was actually the studio of Taro Okamoto, a multifaceted Japanese artist best known for its sculptures of the surrealist current. His work includes, for instance, the Kodomo no Ki (Tree Of Children) sculpture in front of the Aoyama Theatre pictured above. The museum is entirely dedicated to his work and includes sketches and paintings as well.

Price: ¥620
Hours: from 10 AM to 6 PM (closed on Tuesdays)
Address: 6-1-19, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: nearest station is the Omotesando Station (Exit A5)

Aoyama Cemetary 青山霊園

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This may sound like a strange activity but visiting the Aoyama Cemetary is quite a pleasant way to spend some time. It is arguably one of the most beautiful in Tokyo because it is vast and has many trees, many of which are sakura (cherry blossoms) trees. It is particularly worth the visit when they are in bloom.

Address: 2-33, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: nearest station is the Nogizaka Station

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

There are many nice cafes in the area, but one that really stands out is the Aoyama Flower Market Tea House. The cafe doubles as a flower shop, so you feel as if you are having tea inside a botanical garden. It is great for tea with friends or a nice stop while you're on a date.

Sasha Kanetanaka 茶酒 金田中

We highly recommend Sashakane Tanaka if you'd like to experience washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) in a peaceful atmosphere. You can go there for simply tea and Japanese sweets, for lunch or dinner. They also serve good Japanese sake, wine and cocktails ranging in price from about ¥800 to ¥1,500. Courses are around ¥5,000 to ¥8,000 for dinner, and they have a lunch special that is ¥2,800.

Other Nice Restaurants And Cafes

Cafe hopping is probably one of the best activities to do in Aoyama. You can find all kinds of well-rated places, from Indian cuisine, soba noodles, healthy western-style cuisine, tonkatsu and much more. Check out the link below for a few suggestions.

Shopping Everywhere (explore the back alleys too!)

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We kept the most obvious suggestion for the last. For shopping, there isn't one particular place to suggest because there are so many. But one thing is for sure, if you are into Tokyo's street fashion or if you love luxury fashion brands, you will be served. The whole district, including the backstreets, is well worth the exploration. If you want to shop but find that the area is a bit too expensive, you might want to head to the neighbouring Harajuku where the clothes are on average much cheaper and because the stores cater to a younger clientele.

You might want to check out our guide to Harajuku as well.
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Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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