Jiyugaoka is well known as one of the most sought after neighborhoods to live in Tokyo. Located at the intersection of the Toyoko and Oimachi lines, this Meguro neighborhood has a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. A leisurely walk through the pedestrian friendly streets is a great way to spend an afternoon, as there are international restaurants, outdoor cafes, fashionable retail stores and great home décor (zakka) stores. Take a break and have a dessert, as Jiyugaoka is known for its sweets, including the Jiyugaoka Sweets Forest, renowned patisserie Mont St. Clair and Jiyugaoka Roll-ya for roll cakes.
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I first visited Japan in 2001 and since then have returned many times. With the efficiency and reliability of its transportation, the graciousness of the people, and the dedication to quality in food and service, Japan has been my standard for modern travel convenience. Every return has reminded me of the remarkable depth and diversity of the country with no two trips being alike, despite retracing steps through familiar neighborhoods. The constant dynamism of the urban centers combined with the emphasis on tradition, sense of aesthetics, and attention to detail make it one of the most exciting places to visit and an inexhaustible land for novel experiences, modern and ancient.