Tokyo (東京), as a big city, has a lot of different wards. These wards function as a single urban entity in respect to certain public services. One popular ward is Meguro (目黒), a residential area that is well connected and convenient.
Meguro’s special highlight is its distinct and calm nature which makes it more livable than any other part of Tokyo. If you’d like to tour around the place, a handy guide map called Meguro In Your Pocket gives recommendations on the area’s local attractions, restaurants, cafes, and cherry blossom viewing spots perfect for this spring season.
Meguro is a laid-back residential neighborhood. It has been inhabited by people since ancient times and is popular today owing to the view of Mt. Fuji (富士山) from many of its streets. This view hasn’t really changed since the Edo period (江戸時代), and is one reason why tourists come to the place. It is also a riverside downtown neighborhood which is popular for department stores, restaurants, and bars.
Meguro Ward has been a favorite residential place for families since the olden times. A popular festival called Sanma Matsuri (さんま祭り) is celebrated to give recognition to the country’s most popular fish snacks. You can also find the Institute for Nature Study (附属自然教育園) here, which consists of a large park featuring large terrains and forests.
The place is also popular for traditional weddings, and many are held at Meguro Gajoen (目黒雅叙園), a banquet hall constructed in 1935. During Christmas, you’ll get to see light illuminations, which are gorgeous. A downside to this being such a popular event is that it brings in so many tourists that it makes the place so crowded that you can hardly move. This goes the same way during cherry blossoms viewing.
As a friendly upscale neighborhood, many expats reside in Meguro. As such, it is also visited by many tourists. If you’re interested in touring around this area, a special guide map called Meguro In Your Pocket has been recently introduced.
This features special places recommended by the Meguro Tourism Association such as cafes, restaurants, museums, gardens, shops and more! It also features festival events, some of which include the Yutenji Bon Dance Festival (祐天寺盆踊り大会) held in the middle of July, the Sanma Festival held in autumn, and the Nakameguro Sakura Festival (桜まつり) held in spring.
The famous Meguro River can also be seen in this handy guide. This is a popular venue for cherry blossom viewing during the spring season. It is said that you can walk along the whole river in Nakameguro in only 15 minutes.
Other places to visit include the Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館), which is a private research facility specializing in parasites, Komazawa Olympic Park (駒沢オリンピック公園), a sports facility constructed for the 1964 Summer Olympics, and Japan Folk Craft Museum (日本民藝館), which is dedicated to the handcrafted art of ordinary local people.
This guide map is available for free in many different spots around Meguro, including universities and embassies. So don’t forget to drop by these places if you’d like to have the latest guide map of the local area and keep up to date with the goings-on in Meguro Ward!
Meguro Ward website *Automatic translation available