Komazawa University Station (West Exit) →
Okazucake Coven →
Brooklyn Ribbon Fries Komazawa →
Komazawa Olympic Park → Mr. Farmer →
CoCuore → Komazawa University Station
Distance: 3.2 km
Time: 39 min + meals, relaxation
Budget: 4,000 yen
Leaving the Komazawa University station, you
will see a big street in front of you. There are
plenty of nice shops along this street, such as a
cake store “Naoki” that has the most delicious
fresh cream, or a rice ball specialty store
“Kitchen Lettuce” loved by kids. You can try
visiting these shops looking for the perfect
picnic food just for you.
1. Cakes with beef stew or napolitana?
recently after renovation in a new
location, “Okazu Cake Coven” can be found
down the narrow street behind the station.
These cube-shaped side-dish cakes
invented by Youko Amako, a food coordinator.
“Easy to eat,
good looking and nutritious” is the
idea behind these cakes. The slightly sweet
cake base works well with the savory fillings,
making it a fun experience trying to choose one.
are perfect in-between meals,
preventing overeating of sweet foods.
various types of cakes to choose
from, from savory Chicken Stew (346 yen)
Shrimp in Chili Sauce (389 yen), to sweet
ones like Sesame Dango (324) and Chocolate
Banana Custard (410 yen).
A good choice
for energetic kids about to play
in the park would be Beef Stew cake (410 yen).
It is very nutritious with not only sauce, but
actual beef as well.
aspect of these cakes is their
appealing appearance. Pictured above are the
Beef Stew (410 yen), Napolitana (324 yen)
and Onion Gratin Soup (346 yen) cakes.
The cakes are
easy to eat, as their cake base
is sturdy, and the shape and size are
convenient. Even kids can enjoy them without
the risk of getting food all over their clothes.
Okazu Cake Coven
4-5-2 Kamiuma, Setagaya-ku Tokyo
Open Thu-Sat 10:00-18:00
After leaving the Coven, go to a hamburger
shop near the entrance to
2. Long curly
fries that look like apple peel!
The street in
front of the Komazawa Olympic
Park has everything you might need for a nice
picnic - cafes and restaurants with all sorts
of different foods for every mood
and a 100
yen store where you can find cheap picnic
Try out a
stylish NY-style shop “Brooklyn Ribbon
Fries Komazawa” for fried potatoes enjoyed
both adults and children alike. You can choose
from many different flavors
themselves - like sea salt & black pepper, Cajun
spice, or cinnamon sugar - and top it all off with
a nice guacamole, chili beans or maple
windows you can see the nice and
bright inside of the store. The doors are also
wide enough for a baby stroller. You can choose
to eat in if you are not in the mood for a picnic.
potatoes are being made in an open
kitchen, so you can observe the process.
Potatoes are cut with a special cutter to make
them long and curly, and then
they are deep
fried in oil. Watching the process might be a
while you are waiting for
You can observe
fries and hamburgers being
made in the big open kitchen.
recommendation would be a drink
using a special syrup made from Kumamoto
You can buy the
special Kumamoto ginger
syrup in the store.
trying out the combination of
Onion Gratin Soup Ribbon Fries (L size 780 yen)
and Guacamole Dip (150 yen). As for the
drinks, try the sweet Ginger Milk (400
ginger syrup mixed with milk, or the store’s
bestseller Ginger Ale (450
yen). The former is
sweet and does not have a strong ginger taste,
so it is great for children.
The L size of
potatoes looks quite big, however
the fries are not too oily, so it goes down
quite a light snack.
BROOKLYN RIBBON FRIES KOMAZAWA
2-14-11 Higashigaoka, Meguro-ku Tokyo
Open 11:00-17:00, 18:00-22:30
Closed on Mondays
After getting everything you need for a picnic,
finally head into the park!
There is a nice small playing ground near
3. Enjoying the outside.
If you enter the Komazawa Olympic Park
through the East Gate, you
will see a huge
lawn - the Freedom Square. Right by the picnic
space you can
see a soccer field, so you can
enjoy your lunch while watching the game.
weekends the park is full of families
enjoying their picnics, playing badminton
other fun games.
On weekends the
paved road by the lawn is
filled with people roller-skating, riding kick
scooters and striders.
on the ground and enjoy a
relaxing day on the lawn. There many trees
around, so kids can enjoy playing
with acorns and leaves.
You can also
take your friends out for a fun
party picnic at the park. There are so many
stores around, you will never run out of
If you run out
of food during your picnic, don’t
fret - you can find places that sell food
the park as well. Try out the recently renewed
hot dug bun sandwich
store located between
the East and West exits.
The hot dog bun
sandwich shop can be a little
crowded even on weekdays.
You can also
get your hands on some play
equipment if you haven’t brought your own.
buy soap bubbles, rubber balls and
even rackets here.
You can see a
plum grove behind the store. A
nice smell spreads around when the trees are
blooming or in early summer, when the fruits
finish your picnic meal, you can walk
around the park looking for fun places
activities. There are three big playgrounds in
the park, bicycle training course
and a family center.
You can rent
out a bicycle with training wheels
to help your child learn to ride on a nice
course. You can choose from 12 and 14-inch
bicycles (1 hour 100 yen). Helmets are free.
A nice place for kids to learn riding a bicycle.
wanting a challenge without the
training wheels, there is a bigger and more
enjoyable course passing through trees. This
course has slight hills, curves
crossings, so it is great for first practice
wheels. After mastering this
course, the kids can make their debut on the
grown-up bicycle course circling the whole
Left: For the
course you can rent out a 16-inch
bicycle with training wheels or 14, 16, 18-inch
bicycle without them (1 hour 100 yen).
bicycles receive the best
maintenance possible, so you can let your kids
ride them without worries.
In the family
center you can rent out a
four-wheeled bicycle. Anyone can ride these
from children to the elderly, so they are
perfect for family outings.
wheelers cost 210 yen for the first
two rounds, and then are additional 100 yen
for each new round.
Komazawa Olympic Park
2 Higashigaoka 5 Yakumo, Komazawa-koen, Meguro-ku Tokyo
Park management 03-3421-6431
4. Park café with
vegan and gluten-free menu!
After a whole day of playing outside, visit the
café “Mr. Farmer”. It
opened just last spring at
the West entrance to the park.
The shop opens at 7AM, perfect for early
The inside of the café is spacious as well, but
we recommend using their
terrace if the
weather is nice. The store is pet friendly,
welcoming dog owners
during their walks.
There are many trees around providing a cool
shade - a refuge from the summer’s heat.
Top Left: We
recommend trying some vegan
sweets from the menu or one of the
Top Right: Near
the café you can find the
Splashing Pond open only during summer.
There are plenty of regular table
seating arrangements provided on the terrace,
but we recommend trying out the sofa seats
hidden in the shade of trees.
Bottom Right: There is a take-out menu as well.
On weekends you
can participate in the
farmer’s market. There are also other various
events happening in the store, you can find out
more about them on their Facebook page.
water with fruits and vegetables is
provided for free.
are also sofa seats inside the
trying out the Veggie Smoothie
(790 yen) made from 5 different vegetables
and fruits. The taste is sweet and does not
remind of vegetables too much, so it is
for kids. One smoothie can be quite filling.
The café is not
too far from the road, but it
isn’t noisy at all.
The bathroom is
nice with a diaper changing
table. Visit this café after a long day at the park
for a bathroom break and a diaper change.
picture books are free to use
inside the café.
1-1-2 Komazawa-koen, Setagaya-ku Tokyo
5. Shop for perfect
After you have
enjoyed your food and the
outdoors, head back towards the station. On
stop by a children’s clothing store
Main items in the
store are children’s clothes,
but you can also find matching clothing and
accessories sets for parents and children.
clothing in the store is colorful and
Right: A dress
for a girl and a matching skirt for
the mom from Japanese brand “Caidia”.
Mothers’ hat and bag can also be used by the
manager Suzuki says: “The hat I’m
wearing is also wearable by children. Our
can be worn by both kids and adults, so
everybody can enjoy them”.
clothing sizes range from
newborn to about 160 cm tall.
displayed at the store are selected
by the manager Suzuki, who is a mother
The store is small, yet the time just slips away
just looking at them.
“As kids start going to
school they can share some of the clothes with
their mothers. Recently we sell a lot of pool
bags and raincoats” (Manager Suzuki).
pool bag that doubles as a rucksack
is quite popular this season.
inexpensive goods are also the
manager’s idea as a mom: “When you attend
Christmas or birthday parties where kids are
invited, you often have to bring a
of about 500 yen. That is why we sell different
accessories and other small goods.”
There is one
more reason for this store’s
popularity. If you bring your cloth, they can
you a lesson bag, as well as tailor and
hem up clothes, or fix the buttons,
this store loved by busy moms. “When you
have kids, you often have to
things and tailor clothes. However, not
everybody can do it, so
we are glad to offer
our help” says Suzuki.
Children’s Clothing Co Cuore
2-1-6 Komazawa, Setagaya-ku Tokyo
After you leave
“Co Cuore” you will see
the station right in front of you. After
for the whole day, the kids
will surely be tired. Going to an amusement
fun, but it is nice to spend a nice day
at the park once in a while.
There are many
nice restaurants that can
only be found in the area around Komazawa,
definitely explore it when you have time.
Also, if you visit the Olympic Park
bring bathing suits or spare clothes for your
children so they can
enjoy playing in the
Original article in Japanesehttps://sanporge.com/komazawakids/