Many apartments in Jiyugaoka allow dogs. The area is gaining a reputation as a dog town.
Jiyugaoka is known for its numerous home improvement (zakka) and clothing shops. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants to be found in the area. Jiyugaoka is not much of a nightlife area. However, (being Tokyo) there are certainly a few neighborhood bars.
In a city of narrow winding streets Jiyugaoka features a wide central boulevard with sakura trees. On warm summer evenings people play chess, sit and talk or eat crepes from street vendors on this park-like street.
Jiyugaoka features several buildings that are modeled after Venice.
Jiyugaoka Kumano Shrine is a pleasant 800 year old shrine in the area. The shrine sponsors a local summer festival (Jiyugaoka International Friendship Mikoshi Festival) in early September. Festival organizers make an effort to include international residents in the festival. There are many foreign residents of Jiyugaoka.
Jiyugaoka is centrally located 10 minutes from Shibuya (Toyoko line). It's adjacent to other popular neighbourhoods such as Denenchofu.
Jiyugaoka is ranked #3 of 21 best places to live in Tokyo.
Jiyugaoka is ranked #7 of 19 best Tokyo neighborhoods for kids