Explore with our "storyteller" the true soul of Koenji, a haven of retro kissaten (coffee shops) and cheap eateries; populated by niche stores and dusk-lit lanterns that give the neighborhood an upbeat charm.
Koenji was a farming settlement on the outskirts of Tokyo. It developed after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and became the center of Tokyo's punk movement in the seventies. Today Koenji is beloved by youngsters because of the wide selection of second-hand and vintage shops, inexpensive old-fashioned restaurants, pubs, and a still lively musical scene. You find everywhere musicians looking for fame who perform on the street while groups of young people drink and eat outdoors and enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere.
Stroll through the lively Koenji area, filled with stores, izakaya, bars, and people reveling in the vibe. Before going back to Shinjuku, let your "storyteller" help you pick out some delicious street food.