Tokyo Area Guide


General Tokyo Information

Tokyo consists of 23 wards, or “ku,” which are as varied as the people who live in them.  Some are particularly popular with expats due to their available services and conveniences, such as easy access to international schools or common expat companies. These wards include: (Stars indicate a more information and links to properties in these areas can be found below)

Adachi
Arakawa
Bunkyo
Chiyoda*
Chuo*
Edogawa
Itabashi
Katsushika

Kita
Koto
Meguro*
Minato*
Nakano
Nerima
Ota*

Setagaya*
Shibuya*
Shinagawa*
Shinjuku*
Suginami
Sumida
Toshima


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Below are recommended monthly rental rates for unfurnished properties in Tokyo, Japan.
** All denominations in JPY

1BR

2BR

3BR

4BR

Expensive

(Akasaka, Azabu, Hiroo, Roppongi)

(60 – 100 sqm)

600,000 – 750,000

(100 – 140 sqm)

700,000 – 900,000

(120 – 200 sqm)

800,000 – 1,200,000

(170 – 220 sqm)

1,200,000 – 1,500,000

Moderate

(Ichigaya, Iidabashi, Meguro, Omotesando, Ota, Shinagawa, Setagaya)

(50 – 80 sqm)

350,000 – 550,000

(80 – 120 sqm)

450,000 – 750,000

(100 – 150 sqm)

650,000 – 900,000

(130 – 180 sqm)

750,000 – 1,000,000

Less expensive

(Japanese-style properties)

(40 – 70 sqm)

160,000 – 280,000

(50 – 90 sqm)

200,000 – 300,000

(70 – 100 sqm)

250,000 – 400,000

(90 – 120 sqm)

300,000 – 400,000


POPULAR TOKYO EXPAT AREAS

map_tokyoHaving trouble working out which area is best suited to the type of lifestyle you would like to lead in Japan? See our comprehensive guide for information on the popular expat areas to live in Tokyo.

The majority of people living in city areas in Japan use the name of the closest station to refer to their neighborhood. For example, those with an address in Minami-Azabu in Tokyo would say that they lived in Hiroo as this is the closest station to their home.


MINATO-KU

ROPPONGI
roppongiThe area around Roppongi station is considered to be Tokyo’s nightlife capital and is bustling after dark along Roppongi street and Gaienhigashi street. There are many restaurants and bars, and two large city-within-a-city style shopping malls, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown, are conveniently connected to the station. That being said, Roppongi is also popular with families, due to attractive larger housing options in the quiet, residential pockets away from the two famous nightlife streets, and close proximity to several international schools.

See available properties in Roppongi

HIROO
hiroo-arisugawaThe Hiroo station area (which includes Minami-Azabu on the Minato-ku side and Hiroo on the Shibuya-ku side) is otherwise known as “expat central”, with a very high percentage of foreign residents. This area has a vast number of facilities available to foreigners, including embassies and consulates, international preschools and kindergartens, international supermarkets and parks. Arisugawa park is a very popular place to visit for those with small children. The Shibuya-ku west side of the station is populated with brick mid-rise apartments, lots of greenery, and the Japan Red Cross Hospital.

See available properties in Hiro

AZABU JUBAN
iidabashi-ichigaya-kagurazakaAzabu Juban’s main street is an interesting mix of traditional Japanese shops and international cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. Many of the local-style stores have been there for hundreds of years, and you will often find long lines of people that have come from afar to experience their delicacies. Conveniently located within walking distance to Hiroo and Roppongi Hills.

See available properties in Azabu Juban


SHIBUYA-KU

YOYOGI UEHARA/YOYOGI KOEN
yoyogiThese areas are most popular for those with children attending the American School in Japan (ASIJ) due to the shorter bus ride than from other areas. Larger western style housing is easier to come by and most of the surrounding neighborhoods are quiet and relaxed, giving the area a suburban feel. Yoyogi Park is located nearby and events often take place here on the weekends.

See available properties in Yoyogi Uehara

SHOTO

shotoShoto is a rather small and exclusive area located not far from Shibuya station. While the Shibuya station area is bustling with activity day and night, Shoto is a peaceful residential area just a stone’s throw away from all the action. Convenient access to department stores and shopping, as well as access to many different train and subway lines, makes this area a popular choice for expat living.

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OMOTESANDO

omotesandoLocated just a short walk from Harajuku station, Omotesando is known as the “Champs-Elysees” of Tokyo. There is a beautiful tree-lined avenue with plenty of upscale boutiques, the famous Omotesando Hills shopping mall, restaurants, and cafes. People from all over Japan come to visit and it is particularly busy with shoppers on weekends. While it is a great environment convenient to many areas of Tokyo, housing options are rather limited here.

See available properties in Omotesando

HIROO
hiroo-arisugawaThe Hiroo station area (which includes Minami-Azabu on the Minato-ku side and Hiroo on the Shibuya-ku side) is otherwise known as “expat central”, with a very high percentage of foreign residents. This area has a vast number of facilities available to foreigners, including embassies and consulates, international preschools and kindergartens, international supermarkets and parks. Arisugawa park is a very popular place to visit for those with small children. The Shibuya-ku west side of the station is populated with brick mid-rise apartments, lots of greenery, and the Japan Red Cross Hospital.

See available properties in Hiro


MEGURO-KU

JIYUGAOKA
jiyugaokaJiyugaoka is a fashionable town nestled within an affluent residential area and is most noted for its many home goods stores and boutiques. The narrow streets, quaint and unique shops, and village-like atmosphere of Jiyugaoka are popular with those wanting to be in a convenient location to both Shibuya and Yokohama.

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NAKAMEGURO
nakameguroNakameguro is a trendy but peaceful downtown area popular with music, fashion, and art lovers. The area has a quiet and traditional feel, making it difficult to believe that you are just a hop away from bustling areas such as Shibuya. Narrow 3 story structures are common in this area, as well as other interesting styles of housing including “designer’s mansions”, which are characterized by stylish minimalism and industrial building materials.

See available properties in Nakameguro

MEGURO/GOTANDA
meguroThese areas are popular with the more established foreign community and those wanting to get a real taste for life in Japan. Conveniently located on the JR Yamanote loop line, the areas are relatively quiet on the weekends and have a residential feel to them, with exception to the lively Meguro station area which has lots of bars, restaurants, and cafes. A variety of housing is available for much less than in some other traditional expat areas.


SHINAGAWA-KU

 MEGURO/GOTANDA
meguroThese areas are popular with the more established foreign community and those wanting to get a real taste for life in Japan. Conveniently located on the JR Yamanote loop line, the areas are relatively quiet on the weekends and have a residential feel to them, with exception to the lively Meguro station area which has lots of bars, restaurants, and cafes. A variety of housing is available for much less than in some other traditional expat areas.

See available properties in Meguro


SHINJUKU-KU

SHINJUKU
shinjukuShinjuku is the busiest station in all of Japan with some 7 million people passing through it each day. The area constantly has a crowded feel to it with an abundance of office buildings, department stores and hotels. While there are several upscale apartment towers popular with expats within a short walk, many people who work here choose to live in relatively more residential areas with a convenient commute, such as Yoyogi Uehara and Roppongi.

See available properties in Shinjuku

IIDABASHI / ICHIGAYA / KAGURAZAKA
iidabashi-ichigaya-kagurazakaThese areas are split between Chiyoda-ku to the south and Shinjuku-ku to the north. They tend to be favorites with the European community, especially French residents, due to the proximity to French school bus stops. Kagurazaka is a charming area known for having many French restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, while Iidabashi and Ichigaya are mixed commercial and residential districts with offices and shops near the stations and lots of housing in close walking distance. There is some availability of upscale, expat-style apartments in this area, and the rent is less than Minato-ku.

See available properties in Iidabashi


CHIYODA-KU

IIDABASHI / ICHIGAYA / KAGURAZAKA
iidabashi-ichigaya-kagurazakaThese areas are split between Chiyoda-ku to the south and Shinjuku-ku to the north. They tend to be favorites with the European community, especially French residents, due to the proximity to French school bus stops. Kagurazaka is a charming area known for having many French restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, while Iidabashi and Ichigaya are mixed commercial and residential districts with offices and shops near the stations and lots of housing in close walking distance. There is some availability of upscale, expat-style apartments in this area, and the rent is less than Minato-ku.

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CHUO-KU

GINZA
ginzaGinza has been popular with middle-aged Japanese women for decades and is one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping areas in Japan. Aside from shopping, there are many restaurants and hostess bars and you can also experience Kabuki at the beautiful Kabuki-za Theatre. Availability of housing in this area is limited due to the expensive price of land.

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TSUKIJI
tsukijiHome to Asia’s largest fish market handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day, this is a must visit area for tourists. Recently the availability of newer Japanese style housing is on the increase, however availability of larger western style housing is scarce.

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SETAGAYA-KU

FUTAKO-TAMAGAWA / YOGA
futakoYoga is a quiet area sometimes chosen by families with children attending one of the two Catholic international schools near the station. The neighboring Futako-tamagawa (commonly shortened to “Nicotama”, which uses the alternative reading of the first kanji character) is a developing mixed commercial and residential area thought of as a “little Shibuya”, which is very popular with young professionals. There is a large shopping mall called Rise connected to the station with popular local and international brand shops. These areas are a bit far west, but under 15 minutes to Shibuya via subway.

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OTA-KU

DENENCHOFU
denenchofuParks and leisure facilities abound along the Tama river, a popular place for barbecues and picnics in the summertime. Denenchofu is a popular neighborhood choice for families with children at the German school, which has school bus stops here. A range of properties, including detached houses with gardens and large apartments, are available.

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