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【Take a walk】【Nishi-Ogikubo】Wandering around along JR chuo line

Spring is just around the corner.

I hope every one of you staying safe and doing well :)

Even though almost all of us are under self-isolation, I’d like to invite you to walk around

the town in Tokyo, which enables you to escape from hustle and bustle in Tokyo. Seems

ambivalent, but still true. So please stay with me for a while.

For this time, let’s enjoy strolling “Nishi-Ogikubo district” (A station of JR Chuo line & Sobu line). It’s known for its convenience and comfort for living among many Japanese people. Actually, Nishi-Ogikubo, it’s full of secret gems. Let’s go deep inside.

First of all, let’s have some meal at “Mogame Shokudo ” (Mogame Cantine), 2min-on-foot-away from Nishi-Ogikubo Station, South exit.



Here’s the entrance. Let’s go inside and find out more.



They serve “1,000yen Lunch Teishoku (set meal)” consisting of Main dish (*Various options available)+4 side dishes+A cup of drink+Miso Soup. Picture above is one of the main dishes--“Oroshi-ni of chicken and eggplant” teishoku (Chicken and eggplant are cooked with broth made from dried bonito shaving and grated Japanese radish). You can enjoy the most basic Japanese cuisine style there, while letting your stomach be full.

*Stir-fried vegetables, Soy-braised dice pork, Deep fried chicken (boneless) with vinegar and tartar sauce, Grilled fish etc…Japanese curry rice is also available during the lunch time other than set meal.

When you’ve finished lunch, it may already be a time for a cup of tea,

Another 2-min-walk takes you to this café. Let’s take a break here.



Hand-dripped Taiwanese tea café ”TeaTock.” Don’t miss the small standing signboard in front of it.



Walls of undressed concrete, simplified furniture…they’re what makes this café attractive somehow.

(*Accommodating up to 8 people inside)

(*Order your favorite tea & dessert at the counter and pay upfront before being seated.)



Here are hand-dripped(*) “Tea of Oriental beauty”(*Cold brew one’s also available)and rabbit shaped panna cotta. “Oriental beauty” tastes sweeter for tea, which we can compare to black tea. Panna cotta isn’t that sweet and is very smooth, so it doesn’t disturb how tea perfumes.

Postcards on the left are with the description of tea you ordered. So fancy enough to bring home with you!

Lastly, what about getting something to eat for another dessert?

Let’s take a walk for 5mins to “Amy’s Bakeshop” for tasty baked sweets.



All the sweets are baked under the theme of “Natural & home-made American (Mainly N.Y. style) baked sweets.”

Nearly 40 types of baked sweets are served, from which will be fun to choose your favorite one!

We dropped in at 3 shops and enjoy tasting, however, there’s more to find out about Nishi-Ogikubo---it’s also known for used book stores and antique goods shops.

Find your "undiscovered" spots in this attractive area.

【Shops info】

Mogame Shokudo

3-7-7, Nishiogi-Minami, Suginami, Tokyo

Business hours:11:30-15:00 (Lunch Time), 17:00-21:00 (Dinner Time)

Closed on Wednesdays

TeaTock

3-8-2, Nishiogi-Minami, Suginami, Tokyo

Business hours:11:00-17:00

Closed on Wednesdays

Amy’s Bakeshop

3-13-18, Nishiogi-Kita, Suginami, Tokyo

Business hours:11:00-19:00

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

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