During the Edo period Shimo-takaido flourished as a post station on the Koshu Kaido. Shimo-takaido Station is connected to the Keiō Line station and located near the Nihon University campus. Thus it is a lively town with many students. There are many fresh food shops nearby, and a station-front market is always bustling with the spirited shouts of vendors and customers shopping for fresh ingredients. On the shopping street are numerous shops selling specialty croquettes, taiyaki bean paste cakes, and even sweets. However, just a short walk from the bustling shopping street is a quiet residential area. On the other side of the Koshu Kaido is the long and green pedestrian path of the Tamagawa Aqueduct. The rows of cherry trees at Nihon University’s College of Humanities and Sciences are a sight to see in the spring. The Shimotaka Sakura Festival takes place on Sakuranamiki-dori Street in front of the university.
This 126-seat movie theater is a two-minute walk from Shimo-takaido Station’s East Exit. It uses a shifting schedule to show a wide variety of films, both Japanese and Western. Each day it shows four or five movies that range from major productions to art house movies. On the lobby’s walls are newspaper film reviews and posters of scheduled showings that just may spark your interest in seeing something new. It is a movie theater loved by movie fans, of course, but also locals and people living along the trainline.
Address: 3-27-26 Matsubara, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access: Two-minute walk from Shimo-takaido Station
Each fall, this two-day festival fills Shimo-takaido’s streets with music. Let yourself be captivated by its diverse program consisting of neighborhood concerts, brass ensemble performances, street-corner sessions, and a classical music night.