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June 15, 2016

Futako Tamagawa: High Style and Peaceful Nature

Futako Tamagawa has a high-end image, and new facilities around the station have increased the area's appeal.

Highlights

1) Futako Tamagawa Rise This shopping complex opened in 2015 following the completion of a project to redevelop the station area. The newest part is the electronics store, which on a busy day can welcome up to 40,000 visitors.
Address: 1-14-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku

2) Box & Needle The Futako Tamagawa outpost of a historic Kyoto paper firm. This unique specialty store has over 1,000 handmade "haribako" paper boxes.
Address: 3-12-11 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku

3) A beer from Futako Tamagawa An ale that came out of the work of local women growing hops on a formerly disused plot of land. This activity is known as the "Setagaya Hop Project."

* Shops offering "Futako Ale" are:
- Draft Craft
Address: 3-9-10 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku
- Draft King
Address: 2F 3-11-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku
- iBeer Le Sun Palm
Place: 1F Townfront, Futako Tamagawa Rise S・C

4) Sacred underground space inspired by the Shikoku Pilgrimage Constructed by the temple's first chief abbot as a chance for people in the Tokyo area to sample Shikoku's famous pilgrimage. Walking this underground route confers the same spiritual benefits as the pilgrimage itself.
- Tamagawa Daishi
Address: 4-13-3 Seta, Setagaya-ku

5) Futako Tamagawa's oldest bar Open since 1993, this bar has seen much of the town's recent history.
- Bar Sunset
Address: 3-10-11 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku

Further Info

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1) Electronics store with the consierge: Futako Tamagawa Rise
Address: 1-14-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku
2) Box making workshop: Box & Needle
Address: 3-12-11 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku
3) A beer from Futako Tamagawa
* Shops offering "Futako Ale" are:
- Draft Craft
Address: 3-9-10 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku

- Draft King
Address: 2F 3-11-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku

- iBeer Le Sun Palm
Place: 1F Townfront, Futako Tamagawa Rise S・C
4) Temple with the underground monument: Tamagawa Daishi
Address: 4-13-3 Seta, Setagaya-ku
5) Futako Tamagawa's oldest bar: Bar Sunset
Address: 3-10-11 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku

Others

Kid-friendly restaurant: 100 Spoons
Place: 2F Terrace Market, Futako Tamagawa Rise
Japanese style "European" food: Bistro Tama
Place: 7F Dogwood Plaza, Futako Tamagawa Rise
Long-running department store: Tamagawa Takashimaya S・C
Address: 3-17-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku
Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant: Tankuma Kita
Place: 11F South Building, Tamagawa Takashimaya S・C

Reporter

Lisa Wallin

Nationality:
Swedish/American
Occupation:
Writer, translator, aspiring fitness instructor
Length of residence in Japan:
6 years
Reason for coming to Japan:
When I first came to Japan, I was curious about the culture, and deeply interested in the Japanese alternative music scene. I still am! There's still a lot of new, upcoming acts on the rise and it's exciting to do some digging to discover them.