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Jujo Area GuideJujo Area Guide

Jujo is a neighborhood in Kita Ward, Tokyo. It's located just north of the major transportation hub of Ikebukuro, making it a convenient area for commuters seeking options for quick and easy transportation into downtown Tokyo. Ease of transportation isn't the only convenience provided by this neighborhood, nearby Jujo Ginza is a local shopping street with a variety of shops, making picking up daily necessities easy.

Kachidoki Area GuideKachidoki Area Guide

Kachidoki is a newer addition to Tokyo's list of residential neighborhoods. Located in Tokyo Bay, residents enjoy a mix of modern conveniences (shopping malls, high-rise apartment complexes, beautiful waterfront parks) close to Tokyo's commercial districts. As the area becomes more developed, an increasing number of families are moving to the area because of the calm and family-friendly environment!

Hatagaya Area GuideHatagaya Area Guide

Hatagaya is a calm and livable neighborhood located on the Keio New Line just west of downtown Shinjuku. This convenient location makes it a great option for commuters, and the distance away from the crowds of downtown Shinjuku gives the area a more relaxed feeling.

Yutenji Area GuideYutenji Area Guide

Yutenji is a residential neighborhood found close to central Meguro Ward, Tokyo. It has a reputation as a very livable neighborhood that has easy access to some of Tokyo's most famous and stylish areas like Daikanyama and downtown Shibuya. What Yutenji might lack in terms of nightlife it more than makes up for in providing a calm and quiet environment.

Sangubashi Area GuideSangubashi Area Guide

Sangubashi is a quiet residential neighborhood located on the outskirts of Yoyogi Park. This gives residents a huge backyard of sorts for picnics, gatherings, and exercise. On top of this, Sangubashi Station is connected to Shinjuku via the Odakyu Line, making commutes into downtown Tokyo very easy and quick. Apartment seekers looking for a convenient residential neighborhood close to Shinjuku should definitely give Sangubashi consideration!

Kodaira Area GuideKodaira Area Guide

Kodaira City is a residential neighborhood located in west Tokyo on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Its location in the suburbs of Tokyo offers a very quiet and calm environment which is very popular with families. Plenty of space and few crowds make living more comfortable, and with only a roughly 30 minute train ride to Shinjuku, this might be a great balance for those looking for a local vibe in Tokyo.

Ikejiriohashi Area GuideIkejiriohashi Area Guide

Ikejiriohashi resides where three different neighborhoods collide: Ikejiri, Ohashi, and Higashiyama. It straddles the border of Setagaya Ward and Meguro Ward, creating an area that has a very livable urban feel. Plenty of restaurants and bars in the area for exploring a vibrant nightlife, while wide sidewalks along the main roads and plenty of supermarkets for daily necessities make it easy to live in.

Nogizaka Area GuideNogizaka Area Guide

Nogizaka is a high-class residential neighborhood located in central Minato Ward, Tokyo. Within walking distance from Nogizaka you can get to Aoyama, Omotesando, Akasaka, or Roppongi. This is a terrific convenience for those who love the idea of having a wide variety of destinations close to home! Great for being able to explore different neighborhoods of Tokyo on your feet!

Mita Area GuideMita Area Guide

Contents Location Key Stats Livability Mita Apartments Location You’ll find the neighborhood of Mita located quite centrally in Minato Ward, Tokyo. Thanks to this geographical position, it actually offers a nice mid-point between a few different business/commercial districts around Tokyo... More

Nakai Area GuideNakai Area Guide

Nakai is a cozy and quiet residential neighborhood in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. This little gem of a neighborhood gives residents fantastic transportation access to business districts. It's also much more relaxed compared to the downtown glitz and glamor of Shinjuku.

Sendagi Area GuideSendagi Area Guide

Sendagi is a residential neighborhood found in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. A great choice for those looking for a little quiet tucked away in the dense Tokyo cityscape. In fact, Sendagi and its surrounding neighborhoods are a popular destination for those who want to take a leisurely stroll through the calmer, traditional side of Tokyo. Thanks to its nearby shrines and old-school, local shopping streets, there is a lot of nostalgic appeal in this neighborhood that also translates to a unique livability that could be your cup of tea.

Kinshicho Area GuideKinshicho Area Guide

Contents Location Key Stats Livability Kinshicho Apartments Location Kinshicho is an entertainment district in Sumida Ward, Tokyo. It’s considered Sumida Ward’s equivalent to Ikebukuro – a bustling urban center, where you’ll find a variety of shopping malls. The shopping and... More

Kamata Area GuideKamata Area Guide

The neighborhood of Kamata is located in Ota Ward, just west of Haneda Airport. In fact, Keikyu-Kamata Station offers a direct connection to the airport, giving residents a very easy path to domestic and international flights. Kamata is also located just about halfway between Tokyo and Yokohama as well, meaning that it's rather convenient for those finding themselves attending meetings in both commerce centers.

Mizonokuchi Area GuideMizonokuchi Area Guide

Mizonokuchi is a residential neighborhood in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is located just south of the Tama River from Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. The neighborhood used to be a hotbed of izakayas and pachinko parlors, and while some of those facets still exist in the neighborhood today, the modern developments have added convenient and stylish department stores, making the area a very livable neighborhood with easy access to downtown Shibuya.

Nippori Area GuideNippori Area Guide

Nippori is an example of a neighborhood in Tokyo with plenty of unique charm, without sacrificing livability. Nearby shopping streets like Yanaka Ginza and Fabric Street add a variety of shops nearby with local flavor. The train lines at the station offer residents direct access to many areas like Ueno, Kita-senju, and even Narita Airport.

Yurakucho Area GuideYurakucho Area Guide

Yurakucho is a business district in the heart of central Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. Large office buildings here are home to many company headquarters, and the common clientele in the district reflects this business-like, busy city-center environment. There aren't many areas zoned for residential use here, but Yurakucho plays a major role in the business world so having an idea of what to expect in the neighborhood is beneficial to those moving to Japan.

Akabane Area GuideAkabane Area Guide

Akabane is a neighborhood in Kita Ward, towards the northern edge of the 23 wards of Tokyo. Bordered by Saitama Prefecture to the north, the station is traversed by many commuters coming in from Saitama Prefecture. Until recently, Akabane was infamous for its narrow alleys, late-night izakayas, and general seediness. Redevelopment and modernization in the area has transformed most of it to a livable, convenient neighborhood.

Hatsudai Area GuideHatsudai Area Guide

Hatsudai is a neighborhood just one stop away from the massive urban center of Shinjuku. This gives residents great transportation convenience, and the slight distance away from the crowds of downtown Shinjuku make the neighborhood very livable. Tokyo Opera City is a huge shopping and dining complex near the station which also boasts views of Tokyo from 53 stories up!

Ueno Area GuideUeno Area Guide

Ueno is an entertainment district found in Taito Ward. Within the neighborhood is the massive Ueno Park, a very popular spot for tourists and locals to visit. A wide variety of attractions including museums and temples are in the park, along with the Ueno Zoo. The area can feel chaotic and overwhelming with crowds of people, but if you want to take advantage of the great transportation options from Ueno Station you might have to learn to get used to this.

Ochiai Area GuideOchiai Area Guide

Ochiai is a residential neighborhood located in the eastern portion of Nakano Ward. This neighborhood provides residents with a quiet reprise from the busy crowds in Nakano and Takadanobaba. Although Ochiai Station is only serviced by the Tozai subway line, a quick walk from the station can bring you to nearby stations, for a good balance of accessible stations.

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