• Kakurenbo Yokocho (Hide-and-seek alley)
  • Kakurenbo Yokocho (Hide-and-seek alley)
  • Kakurenbo Yokocho (Hide-and-seek alley)
  • Kakurenbo Yokocho (Hide-and-seek alley)
  • Kakurenbo Yokocho (Hide-and-seek alley)

Kakurenbo Yokocho (Hide-and-seek alley)

Insta-worthy History Food & Drink

Easy Access

English

Family-friendly

Free Admission

Parking

Restroom

Unrestricted by Weather

Wheelchair-friendly

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Things to know

Kakurenbo Yokocho (Hide-and-seek Alley) in Tokyo’s Kagurazaka area is a pathway that got its name from a story that if you were following someone, you’d lose sight of them as soon as they entered the alley. One look at cobblestone pavement is enough to make visitors envision geisha ambling around during the Edo period. There are many stylish restaurants hidden in the alley, but it’s also a great place for a relaxing stroll. 
Nearby, you can also see Geisha Kodo, which has a geisha office; a training area for the shamisen, a traditional Japanese instrument a public bath; and Hyogo Alley, which is an alley that was named for a weapon and armor storage area that was there during the Warring States period.

*This is private property. Please be careful of noise and bad behavior.
*It is forbidden to litter. Be weary of cigarette ash and butts and general trash.

Information

〒1620825
3 chome Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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Duration: 0.5 hours
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Recommended Season
January・February・March・April・May・June・July・August・September・October・November・December

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Reviews

Ada_Wan

WOW U-mediator
  • 2020-02-14

The Kagurazaka area not far from Iidabashi station is one of my new favorite spots to visit in Tokyo. With little stores filled with the most interesting histories, Kagurazaka-dori shopping street is peaceful yet bustling with positive energy as I went from store to store, talking to shopkeepers about the store's products. After eating a strawberry cream-filled Pecko-chan, anmitsu (dessert with jelly, red bean paste and fruits dating back to the Meiji era) and "ukigumo" (floating cloud, oven-baked meringue with bean paste - I had the matcha one and it was delightful), a trip down the stone-cobbled, narrow streets of Hyogo Yokocho and Kakurenbo Yokocho was a must. One can almost imagine geishas and weapons merchants strolling on a hot summer's afternoon, with the black fences further adding to the vibe. I also spent some time standing outside of Wakana (an inn that is unfortunately now closed) where famous novelists would stay at and produce their works. All in all, the Kagurazaka area gets two thumbs-ups from me.

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