Tokyo can be very exciting, but sometimes you just want to slow down and relax. Yoyogi Village is an oasis in the city just 2 minutes from the JR Yoyogi station, the perfect escape for a leisurely lunch or an intimate dinner.
The village is an interesting collaboration between some of Japan’s most famous music producers, interior designers and restauranteurs.
It’s home to a sprinkle of stylish cafes, apparel shops, galleries and even a niche travel company, surrounded by lush landscaped greenery specially selected from around the world. The shops in the outer part of the village are housed in repurposed containers, which is pretty cool.
The flagship restaurant Code Kurkku located at the back serves up fine Italian food with a warm, earthy ambience to match and is also available for events, being especially popular for wedding parties.
We had lunch at Yoyogi Curry, a cafe near the entrance. The food was good and the prices were reasonable, although the portions were a bit on the small side. We had a great afternoon sitting there taking in the beautiful weather and gorgeous surroundings. Lots of fashionistas and trendy socialites love to hang out here too, so it’s great for people-watching.
We had a group of guys in coordinated neon yellow getups sitting at the cafe opposite having an animated conversation – I wish I knew more Japanese so I could understand what they were talking about. Maybe they were talking about kittens.
If you’re in Tokyo, definitely give this one a visit. It’s only two stops from Shibuya on the Yamanote line, and is especially nice in spring and fall when the weather is perfect to dine outdoors.
1-28-9 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0053
Yoyogi Station (JR Yamanote line), take the West Exit
11.30am – 12.00 midnight daily
1,000 – 12,000 Yen