Medicinal sushi in Akihabara

“A sushi restaurant in Tokyo’s Akihabara district has come up with a new take on sushi, seasoning the food with ingredients used in medicinal cooking, such as cinnamon and pine nuts.

The sushi will be included in Nadeshico Sushi’s menu in September”.

A stroll in Kagurazaka

Name: Kagurazaka

Kind: Town

Location: 35°42’05.34″ N 139°44’25.41″ E

Station: Kagurazaka, Tozai 05

Free WiFi: Yes

Worth it? Yep.

Our Rating: ★★★★

Last updated 8/20/2020



Kagurazaka is a small town in northwest Tokyo. It’s near Waseda University. The main street through the town is called Waseda Dori.

Kaguraza is stop T05 on the Tozai Metro Subway Line. In fact, you can make a day trip of 4 stops on Tozai near each other: Nakano (T01), Waseda (T04), Kagurazaka (T05), and Iidabashii (T06). If you feel adventurous + have more time, you can also stop at Takadanobaba (T03). But hitting all 5 in a day would be a full day as there is a lot to see at each.

Kagurazaka is southwest of the next small city on the Tozai LineIidabashi – and is also southwest of Tokyo Dome City to the northeast. You can also change to the Maronuchi Line @ Iidabashi Station to get to Tokyo Dome.

Kagurazaka has a small-town charm all its own. The station is off on a little side street. When you pop up out of the station turn right to get to Waseda Dori. Then turn left + head down the hill to walk the main street. You can also turn left from the station, then right again at the next right + walk all the way to Shinjuku. If you turn right for Waseda Dori + head down the hill, at the next major interesection there is a corner entrance to Iidabashi Station.

Kagurazaka is known for its large number of Kaiseki restaurants. Kaiseki is a refined form of dining considered a delicacy in Japan.

If you’re into wine, there are a lot of wine shops on Waseda Dori. Check out the World Wine Bar. They also serve lunch for around $10.

Kagurazaka Metro Station is the orange bldg. on the left. Turn right at the end of the street to walk to Shinjuku. You can also visit the shrine at the end of the street shown above.

Kagurazaka Metro Station


When you pop up out of Kagurazaka Metro Station, across the street you’ll see this French wine shop. It turns out Kagurazaka has a lot of French expats living in it. Turn right here to head to the main street:

Looking right from the station. Turn left at this light for Waseda Dori. Head down the hill. There’s a nice Family Mart on the corner if you want some food.

Waseda Dori facing east. Shinjuku is in the distance. This street is lined with all sorts of charming shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars. At night especially it’s interesting.

Waseda Dori facing east. The Iidabashi Metro Station is on the lefthand corner across the street. If you head straight ahead, eventually you’ll end up in Shinjuku.

The Iidabashi Metro Station is on the left. Waseda Dori continues straight ahead.

That’s about it. While Kagurazaka isn’t a big town, there’s lots to see + do on its main street – so plan on a few hours at least if you want to visit some shops, or stop in at cafés + restaurants. All-in-all it’s well worth the trip. Also see our post on Nakano 3 stops to the west.




Careful when photographing in Japan


When taking photos/video in Japan, be careful. While in most places it’s fine, some shop/restaurant owners may take offense – especially inside stores.

In restaurants, owners worry about their customers getting annoyed and driving away their business.

Inside shops, owners worry about competition and may think you are a competitor doing recon in their shop.

In general it’s best to ask permission in advance before taking photos or vids. To ask permission, politely ask: Sumimasen shashin daijobu desuka? (Excuse me, are photos ok?). “Hai” means “yes”, “Iie” (ee-yeah) means “no”.

In general, the Japanese are a little shy about having their photo taken in public so be aware of peoples’ reactions. Many won’t mind, as long as you are not rude about it or bother them, but occasionally some Japanese may get upset.

Use common sense. Be discrete.


This restaurant owner in Shimbashi accosted us on the sidewalk and demanded we stop taking photos immediately – even though it was a very public sidewalk in a very public area.