Koenji Restaurant Guide

Koenji in Tokyo's Suginami Ward. Aside from the station this is a quiet residential area popular many single college students living alone.In front of the station in Koenji's Junjo shopping district are countless local businesses, restaurants, second-hand clothing and book stores, live music bars, and many other independent shops. As many aspiring young musicians and actors live here many films and books use this area as their setting. Long before the boom in the popularity of ethnic goods, this district hosted the Indian and Southeast Asian goods store "Original Importers Mugendo", plus retro shops like the 1960 (Showa 35)-built Cafe Trianon.It was opened long before the boom in coffee shops, and during the boom years it opened countless other cafe locations. The Amanaya flagship store was established here in 1923 (Taisho 12) and their "Okariba Mochi" was invented when three generations of the Tokugawa family went to Koenji's Shukuhozan temple to hunt with their falcons.You can get a sense of this sweet shop's vast history in the large red beans use in their glazed dumplings - a rare treat.

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