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Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

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Where should you live in Tokyo? Read our guides to Tokyo residential neighborhoods and find the right one for you!

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Kokubunji Area GuideKokubunji Area Guide

Finding an area that really speaks to you on a personal level can be a difficult task. However, if you're seeking a balance between all things considered (rent, transportation, entertainment, shopping, dining, safety, etc.) Kokubunji might fit the bill nicely. It could be this middle-of-the-road inclination that keeps it from being somewhat under the radar - which could play in your favor if you like to keep things simple and relaxed. Keep reading to get a better idea of what to expect from this livable neighborhood in west Tokyo!

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Musashi-Sakai Area GuideMusashi-Sakai Area Guide

Musashi-Sakai is a relatively quiet and calm station on the convenient JR Chuo Line. Its not-too-far but not-too-close relationship from Shinjuku (just 23 minutes from station to station) lends to this residential vibe, and you'll find that it's very popular for those commuting into downtown Tokyo for work. Although it's primarily thought of as a bedroom community, there is a certain charm about this area of west Tokyo that might be what you're looking for when planning on moving to the suburbs.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Mitaka Area GuideMitaka Area Guide

Although it is a little quieter and smaller compared to its neighboring station of Kichijoji, you’ll find that Mitaka offers just as much in terms of livability. This area consistently ranks high on a variety of conveniences (transportation, shopping, safety, etc.) according to residents. With great public transportation available, this part of Tokyo just might be the perfect balance between suburb and city for you.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Tachikawa Area GuideTachikawa Area Guide

Although not part of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Tachikawa brings a lot of modern conveniences to west Tokyo. You’ll find plenty of department stores and other national chains around the station. If your work/school is located nearby, you might find that Tachikawa offers the perfect blend of city/residential for you.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Hachioji Area GuideHachioji Area Guide

Although Hachioji City is surrounded by Mt. Takao and Mt. Jinba, living in the area doesn’t have to resemble roughing it in the mountains. You’ll find plenty of city-life amenities close to the station, while also just being a quick trip away from a trek in the mountains. Located almost 50 km to the west of downtown Tokyo, Hachioji Station straddles the line between city and nature. Keep on reading to find out if this is the neighborhood for you!

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Higashi-Koganei Area GuideHigashi-Koganei Area Guide

Higashi-Koganei Station is located roughly 16 km west of Shinjuku Station. What this station lacks in terms of shopping and dining options it makes up for in being less crowded than larger stations on the Chuo Line. This residential neighborhood provides a calm and quiet area that's still within 30 minutes from Shinjuku - making it a good option for those who are looking for manageable commute. This station is also quite close to Tokyo Gakugei Daigaku so it could be worth a look if you're a student who is looking for a quiet (and affordable) apartment close to school.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Nishi-Ogikubo Area GuideNishi-Ogikubo Area Guide

Nishi-Ogikubo is a smaller residential area sandwiched between Kichijoji and Ogikubo on the Chuo Line. It’s notable for being home to a large number of antique stores, giving this neighborhood a somewhat reserved, nostalgic charm. Although it might be tucked between larger and busier stations, Nishi-Ogikubo offers its own lifestyle that just might match what you’re looking for. 

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Koenji Area GuideKoenji Area Guide

If you love all the excitement of Tokyo, but also dread how cramped it can feel, Koenji is an area worth checking out. Koenji is sometimes referred to as an artists’ haven thanks to its surprising number of live music venues and diverse cafes. Only 10 minutes west of Shinjuku, this is a laid back area that's easy to feel at home in, while still providing quick access to downtown Tokyo. 

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Ogikubo Area GuideOgikubo Area Guide

Located on the JR Chuo Line, Ogikubo Station is somewhat of a “hub” for commuters living in Suginami-ku and commuting to downtown Tokyo. With department stores located near the station, you can pick up everyday essentials and household items at your convenience. For those who are interested in suburban living in Tokyo, this is an area to take a closer look at.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Nakano Area GuideNakano Area Guide

Nowadays, Nakano is synonymous with anime and Tokyo subculture. But that’s not all there is to this unique neighborhood. This affordable area is conveniently located just 4 minutes away from Shinjuku and 17 minutes away from Tokyo by train. If you enjoy a lively nightlife, Nakano might be an area worth checking out!

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Kanda Area GuideKanda Area Guide

Close to the heart of business in Tokyo, Kanda is a bustling and lively area where you can find quiet pockets of history tucked away behind all the business activity. Due to its central location, there is access to a wide variety of train and subway lines. Ideal for people who want city-center living and students studying at one of the many universities in the area.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Kokubunji Guide for StudentsKokubunji Guide for Students

Live closer to nature and pay lower rent, while still being within commuting distance of central Tokyo. An excellent neighborhood for international students studying at Tokyo Gakugei University, Chuo University Tama Campus, and Meiji University.

Harajuku Area Guide - Living Guide for Foreginers

Harajuku Area GuideHarajuku Area Guide

Harajuku in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo is made up of bustling world famous fashion centers wrapped inside quiet, cozy residential areas. The neighborhood’s vibe differs drastically depending on whether you live there or whether you see it as a destination. Main... More

Sakai Osaka Guide - Living Guide for Foreigners

Sakai Area Guide – Osaka Living GuideSakai Area Guide – Osaka Living Guide

Sakai's proximity to Osaka but relatively inexpensive real estate makes it ideal for families looking for more space or for those looking for somewhere peaceful that’s not too far from the beaten track.

Shibuya Area Guide - Living Guide for Foreigners

Shibuya Area GuideShibuya Area Guide

Shibuya is everything to everyone. Every little neighborhood around the station has its own vibe. It runs the gamut from low cost single-room micro-apartments to massive, luxurious seven-bedroom manors. Street food to Michelin-starred gourmet dining. Back alley smoking areas to young, fashionable vape cafes. Mass market department stores to one-of-a-kind designer boutiques. It’s every aspect of Tokyo life distilled into one location.

Azabu Juban Area Guide

Azabu Juban Area GuideAzabu Juban Area Guide

Home to numerous embassies, excellent public and international schools, quiet narrow streets, expat-dense, international influences vie with Edo-period appeal. Popular with expats and cosmopolitan Japanese alike, this family-friendly suburb boasts top-class amenities.

Jiyugaoka Area Guide

Jiyugaoka Mini-Area GuideJiyugaoka Mini-Area Guide

Jiyugaoka is a neighborhood and train station on the southern edge of Meguro Ward. With its leafy tree-lined streets, fashionable boutiques, and many small restaurants and cafes, it is known as Tokyo’s Little Europe and is synonymous with “calm and sophisticated.”... More

Hongō Area Guide

Hongo Area Guide – TokyoHongo Area Guide – Tokyo

Hongō is a neighborhood located in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, west of Ueno Park and north of the Imperial Palace, that is synonymous with Japan’s top institution of higher learning, Tokyo University. It is also home to Juntendo and Toyo Gakuen... More

Chitose Area Guide

Chitose Area Guide – HokkaidoChitose Area Guide – Hokkaido

Chitose City, with a population of about 96,500, is located about 45-km southeast of Sapporo. Its main claim to fame is its proximity to New Chitose Airport, the main airport serving Hokkaido, but it is also known for being surrounded... More

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