Where should you live in Tokyo? Read our guides to Tokyo residential neighborhoods and find the right one for you!
Iidabashi is an upscale commercial and residential neighborhood located in Chiyoda Ward, just north of the Imperial Palace. It is a major station served by five train and subway lines, but its residential neighborhoods are pleasant and relaxed. Iidabashi's location near the sakura tree-lined Kanda River walking path and nearby Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens give the area a classy, tranquil atmosphere.
Katsushika Ward is where you'll find prime examples of traditional Tokyo neighborhoods seemingly untouched by the modernization that has become characteristic of downtown Tokyo.
Ota Ward is the largest of the 23 wards of Tokyo, so it can be difficult to categorize the entire area as a single type of neighborhood. You'll find neighborhoods tailored to different needs across the ward: from the high-society neighborhood of Denenchofu to the relaxed, traditional vibes of Magome and commuter-friendly Kamata.
Edogawa Ward offers many family-friendly residential neighborhoods between the business districts of Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture. Average rent is affordable while still being within acceptable commuting distance to central Tokyo.
In Taito Ward you'll find traditional, old-city charm in neighborhoods like Yanaka, Iriya, Asakusa, and Kuramae and the major hub station of Ueno, where you can find a variety of shopping/dining/entertainment establishments.
Sumida Ward is known for being home to Tokyo Skytree and the crowds of tourists that visit the attraction. But it also contains many shitamachi ("low town") neighborhoods that preserve the look-and-feel of Show-era Japan. Here you will find relaxed and affordable stations that are within easy commuting distance of downtown business districts.