Real Estate Japan Picture of the Day – Sugamon Mascot at Sugamo Post Office

Sugamon mascot in front of Sugamo Post Office. Sugamo (巣鴨) is a neighborhood and train station (on the Yamanote line) in Toshima Ward, Tokyo. One of the explanations for the origin of the name “Sugamo” is that there used to be a large number of duck nests at a pond nearby. The word Sugamo is a compound of the kanji for “nest” (巣) and “duck” (鴨). Photo by Scott Kouchi for Real Estate Japan. Taken July 21, 2020.

Jizo Dori Shopping Street

Jizo Dori is a shopping street in the northern Tokyo neighborhood of Sugamo. The 800-meter long road is filled with about 200 shops and restaurants mainly targeted toward the elderly. Because of this, Jizo Dori is affectionately called ‘Grandma’s Harajuku‘.

Toshima Ward

Toshima Ward is a northern ward of Tokyo and home to Ikebukuro, the main commercial and transportation hub anchoring northwestern Tokyo. The ward’s main claim to fame is the modern, redevelopment-focused area around Ikebukuro, but if you are looking for a place to call home in Tokyo, consider Toshima’s slower-paced neighborhoods. There are upscale residential areas like Mejiro, thriving working-class neighborhoods like Sugamo and the beautiful landscaped gardens near Komagome.

Jizo Dori Shopping Street in Toshima Ward. Please click on the photo to read the full Toshima Ward area guide.