The Epitome of Tokyo Elegance: Shirokane-Takanawa Area
Tokyo has more than its share of well-heeled neighborhoods. Among the best known of these is Shirokane-Takanawa area.
Purachina-dori (“Platinum Street”), which joins up Meguro-dori with Gaiennishi-dori, is lined with ginkgo trees. In the fall, the street bursts into a blaze of golden yellow, making an exciting thoroughfare even more captivating. This streetscape of soft-spoken elegance is lined with refined, luxurious boutiques and restaurants purveying French, Italian and other cuisines.
Happo-en means “beautiful from every angle” and indeed, the park that bears this name is one of the top attractions of Shirokane-Takanawa. Home to a lovely and spacious Japanese garden, Happo-en is popular as a venue for formal ceremonies. It is often visited by prospective brides scouting locations for their own traditional weddings. At the ryotei inside the park, you can enjoy sumptuous traditional Japanese dining, choosing from a menu of fresh flavors in season from every part of the country. There are programs in the park related to traditional ceremonies, such as lessons on making chirashi-zushi, sushi rice sprinkled with delicious ingredients (a favorite at the Hina-matsuri girls’ festival), or kashiwa-mochi, rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves. Come and enjoy a day of sampling the ceremonial foods of Japan.
Since the Meiji era, Shirokane-Takanawa has been dotted with research centers, educational institutions and sprawling villas, each situated on a generous parcel of land. More recently, however, development of condominium towers has boosted the area’s population, and the sight of children playing and parents pushing strollers has become increasingly common.
Though it opened its doors only eight years ago, Shirakane-no-oka Gakuen has become famed as a popular combined primary and junior-high school. The school was born through the merger of two primary schools and one junior high school in the same school zone. The school building’s modern interior and furnishings and its tight-knit relationship with the community make this relatively new school a much-loved local institution.
Shirokane-Takanawa area is the epitome of Tokyo elegance. If what you’ve just read piques your interest, don’t miss the chance to check out our Shirokane-Takanawa area property listings.
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