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Walking The Suburbs – Shinmaruko

Posted in Places by tokyobling on July 5, 2014

The image of Tokyo that most people have is probably that of tall buildings, concrete and glass, busy subway stations and masses of people. But in reality the vast majority of Tokyo is covered in an even mat of low profile but by foreign standards high density urban development. Get up in any tall Tokyo tower or building and as far as the eye can see you will find nothing but rooftops, stretching out into the far distance.

Most of Tokyo looks like this, the little town of Shinmaruko, even though it is technically located in the neighboring Kanagawa prefecture’s Kawasaki City’s Nakahara Ward. Nakahara Ward is one of the 7 wards of Kawasaki city and it has a population density of 15,640/km2 (40,500/sq mi). The little neighborhoods around Shinmaruko Station is dotted with small business, workshops, clinics, stores and services, often not bigger than western one car garage.

I took these photos a couple of months ago as the sakura trees were still in bloom. Sometimes it is good to get out of the city center and explore the suburbs!









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  1. Mikku said, on July 5, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Forgot the bright lights of the city centres, this is the real (and far more interesting to stroll around) Japan for me – well urban Japan at any rate!


    • tokyobling said, on July 9, 2014 at 5:35 am

      That is one of the reasons I love Tokyo, there is so much variation in such a small/limited area! (^-^)


  2. Julie said, on July 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I’d be perfectly happy to live somewhere like this slightly outside of Tokyo. My favorite thing is the little neighborhoods with criss-cross streets, so I’m glad they are an abundance of them. I’d love a tour of the first house… it looks so delightfully shabby.


    • tokyobling said, on July 9, 2014 at 5:36 am

      There are tons of houses like these, like islands in a sea of modern buildings! (^-^)


  3. maikaefer said, on July 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Reblogged this on Maikaefer's Weblog.


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