Tokyo Travel 〜 Kanda Area (Little‐known good spot) Guide


Kanda (神田) is a city district (=area) of Tokyo, northeast of the Tokyo Imperial Palace. It’s not a prime (主要な) tourist district. You won’t see many touristy things around here, But that just means it’s full of hidden gems (宝石) you probably don’t know about but should definitely visit.

Now, I am focusing on Tokyo in anticipation (前もって) of 2020 and rediscovering the appeals of Kanda, an erea where there are many students. Kanda has traditionally (伝統的に、慣習的に) been an academic center with many schools and universities, and is therefore frequented (頻繁な)  by young people. This time, I will announce the top 5 cool spots there. A satisfactory (満足な、納得の) ranking chosen by foreigners.


There are 30 places with ‘Kanda” in its name. It’s where Zenigata Heiji (銭形平次 : one of the most famous historical person in Japan) used to live. From the bottom of my heart, I hope that you can find new Japanese cools here. 

Who has been to Kanda before? Raise your hand if you have. Oh, everyone has.(^-^)/ Is that so. (本当に?そっか) What’s your impression of Kanda?


★ Meiji University Museum

Torture Exhibition



☆ Curry Restaurants




★ Kanda Myojin Shrine




☆ Used Bookshops




★ Ochanomizu musical instrument area





Kanda is located within a few minutes’ walking distance from the Tokyo Imperial Palace  and Tokyo station. Kanda station sits right in the middle of the largest financial district in Japan, however, this is a pretty interesting contrast to the area itself; which resembles a less crowded Ueno station.

You’ll find plenty of things to do around here, mostly in the form of fun night-time hangouts and entertainment. The station is surrounded by many local clothing shops, izakaya, international food restaurants, karaoke bars, girls clubs, snacks, liquor stores and pachinko parlors. There’s also a small video game arcade and darts bar in addition to a number of pubs, pizzerias and other eateries built directly into the underside of railways entering and exiting the station.

Kanda was once an upscale living area for Japanese samurai, noblemen, scholars and business moguls during the Edo period. Although most of that landscape was changed due to violent U.S. bombing raids during WWII and nonstop renovation of the area ever since, Kanda has still managed to hold on to some of it’s original charm despite becoming a modernized center of urban business development.