by Ryutaro Seki for Johnny Strategy
Ryutaro has lived in Koenji for over 30 years. The Shinto priest and DJ has seen the neighborhood transform from quiet suburb to hip hotspot. His picks:
Before immersing yourself, fill up with some of the best Thai food you'll find in Tokyo at Sabai Thailand.
At Kinmai you'll find 20 - 25 varieties of rice from all over Japan. They even polish rice right there on the spot. Twitter: @kinmaihonpoo
If you're craving Japanese food head to Tsubaki where you'll find some of the best foods from the Yamagata prefecture. We recommend the soba and sake.
Amleteron is an adorable shop with an emphasis on books and stationary. You'll also find a selection of pottery, or whatever else the owner is into at that time