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Dec 16, 2021
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Meguro (目黒) is a largely residential district in southwest Tokyo, named after the Meguro River.

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Cherry blossom petals in the Meguro River

The JR Yamanote, Metro Namboku (N01), Toei Mita (I01) and Tokyu Meguro lines all pass through Meguro station. The Metro Hibiya and Tokyu Toyoko lines also stop at Naka-Meguro (中目黒), the other end of the area.

Map of Tokyo/Meguro

  • 35.609889139.6691391 Kumano Shrine (熊野神社). Built 800 years ago. Surrounded by trees, people visit to pray or just for the peace and quiet. Some come for specific the worship practice of Yakuyoke a purification ritual to drive out evil spirits. Like all shrines, they sell protective amulets for health, good studies, or traffic safety, but these are distinctively cute. For a traditional shrine, they have a particularly flashy website that gives a good preview.  
  • 35.63167139.706671 Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館), 4-1-1 Shimomeguro, +81 3 3716-1264, fax: +81 3 3716-2322. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM; closed around New Years. One of a kind and oddly popular with couples on dates, although you might want to skip lunch before (or after) your visit here as the exhibits and pictures can be rather graphic. A compact two-story building, the most famous exhibit inside is an 8.8 meter-long tapeworm, with a matching string for you to take the measurement. Free; donations appreciated. 
  • 35.63065139.714231 Meguro Gajoen (目黒雅叙園) (five minute walk from the West exit of JR Meguro station, adjacent to the hulking Arco Tower office building). A luxury hotel and wedding hall, with restaurants, cafes, and banquet rooms. One of the most popular attractions, though, is the spectacular public restroom. 
  • 35.6289139.70931 Gohyakurakanji (五百羅漢寺). 09:00-17:00 all year round. This temple contains over 300 statues, all with different facial expressions. They were all carved by the same monk from 1687 to 1695. 300¥. (updated Nov 2015)

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