- -- Upscale and trendy neighborhood in Minato Ward.
-- Well known for luxury shopping and trendy fashion.
-- Popular farmer's market (nearly) every weekend at United Nations University.
-- Aoyama Cemetery is a peaceful path for walking, and a beautiful sight to behold when the cherry trees blossom in the spring.
-- Variety of subway lines (Ginza, Hanzomon, Oedo) make it fairly simple to navigate through Tokyo.
- Key Stats
- Orientation Around the Station
- Short History of Aoyama
- Useful Info at a Glance
- Aoyama Apartments
Aoyama is a fashionable slice of Tokyo nestled in the central-northern part of Minato Ward, just south of Akasaka Palace (and Yotsuya by extension). As one of the centrally located neighborhoods surrounded by international embassies and company headquarters, it tends to have a slightly upper-class atmosphere. Walking through the area, you’ll find a wide variety of fashionable, stylish cafes and restaurants lining the streets. There’s also a surprising amount of green space here thanks to the well maintained parks close to the station.
The parks and trendy vibe of the neighborhood add to its livability, making it a rather popular part of Tokyo for families. Its central location close to many company headquarters is also very appealing to single professionals.
Average Rent in Aoyama-Itchome
|Apartment Type||Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)|
|1R 1K||¥133,900/month ($1,220)|
|1LDK 2K 2DK||¥418,800/month ($3,810)|
|2LDK 3K 3DK||¥542,200/month ($4,930)|
|Shinjuku||Oedo, direct||7 min|
|Shibuya||Hanzomon, direct||4 min|
|Tokyo||Ginza (Asaksaka-mitsuke), transfer to Marunouchi||14 min|
|Shinagawa||Ginza (Shimbashi), transfer to Tokaido||19 min|
|Roppongi||Oedo, direct||2 min|
|Yokohama, Kanagawa||Hanzomon (Shibuya), transfer to Tokyu Toyoko||38 min|
Orientation Around the Station
Navigating Aoyama-Itchome Station is fairly straightforward.
- Exit 0 will take you straight into Aoyama Building.
- Exit 1 and Exit 2 will put you around the Aoyama-dori Ave and Gaien Higashi-dori Street intersection.
- Exit 5 is located just in front of the Honda Headquarters.
- Exit 3 is across the street from Exit 5, and is just in front of the NHK Culture Center building.
- Exit 4 (North and South) will put you near the Aoyama Twin building.
Trendy and Fashionable Blend of Commercial and Residential
Stepping out of any exit of Aoyama-Itchome Station you’ll be surrounded by sleek, modern office buildings (or in the case of Exit 0 you’ll be inside one). Once you walk around the area a bit, you’ll also see a wide variety of cafes and restaurants close to the station. Aoyama can be considered a kind of gradient between the cutting-edge fashion of Omoetsando and Harajuku and the business-centered Akasaka. Both worlds blend together elegantly, making the area a popular area to take a stroll through on a day off.
This beautiful shrine, established in 1923, is a splash of history amidst the modern, developed backdrop of Aoyama. One unique aspect of this shrine is that the community holds an Antique Flea Market here on the fourth Saturday of the month, weather permitting. You can check the status of the upcoming flea markets on their webpage.
Japan Traditional Crafts Square
In line with the ties to antiques and Japanese history that Aoyama is known for, the Japan Traditional Crafts Square can be found just 5 minutes from the station. In this store you’ll find beautiful handmade goods from all across Japan. The items are made with traditional crafting methods in mind, imparting a sense of timelessness.
This large cemetery is well-kept and is actually a popular spot to walk through when cherry blossoms are blooming (hanami season). The history of this cemetery spans back to 1874, and was one of the first areas where foreigners were buried. In addition to many of the first foreigners to live in Japan, this cemetery is the resting place of Hachiko and his owners.
Aoyama “Killer Street”
This stretch of the Gaienmae Higashi-dori Street in Aoyama was developed in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The origins of its peculiar name are shrouded in mystery. The commonly held theory is that the name was determined due to the proximity to Aoyama Cemetery. Naming conventions aside, this street is home to a mix of trendy and nostalgic attractions. It’s often described as a mix of the trendiness of Omotesando with a dash of the peacefulness of countryside neighborhoods.
Jingu Gaien Ginko Avenue
This stretch of road is lined with Ginko trees that turn a lovely shade of golden yellow during the fall. This picturesque path makes for a great walk with family or a significant other.
You’ll have to really scrutinize the area to find any major faults. It’s stylish and fashionable enough for those who enjoy the trendy, hip side of Tokyo. And it’s also located close to many business headquarters or just a quick train ride to Akasaka or other business districts.
The parks near the station help give kids space to run around, boosting the livability for families. In general, the area seems to have a slight lean towards accommodating families, but you’ll still find the area very convenient if you’re single. It’s just that those who are single might tend to prefer areas like Nakameguro or Roppongi for the nightlife.
Short History of Aoyama
Back in the Edo period, the Aoyama area was a part of Tokyo where many shrines and samurai residences were located. The name comes from one of these samurai, Aoyama Tadanari.
Useful Info at a Glance
|My Basket Aoyama 1-chome||7:00 AM – 11:00 PM||〒107-0062 Tokyo, Minato City, Minamiaoyama, 1 Chome−3−2 青山一丁目タワー1F|
|Precce Premium Tokyo Midtown||7:00 AM – 12:00 AM||〒107-0052 Tokyo, Minato City, Akasaka, 9 Chome−7−4 東京ミッドタウン ガーデンサイド地下|
|Seijo Ishii||24 hrs||〒107-0062 Tokyo, Minato City, Minamiaoyama, 2 Chome−27−25 ヒューリック南青山ビル 1F|
*This is just a selection of supermarkets in the area.
|ReXeR Minami Aoyama||24 hrs||2 Chome-14-14 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062|
*These are just examples of gyms available in the area.
|Nearby Language Schools||Information||Address|
|Edo Culture Center School||Edo Culture Center School Home Page||7 Chome-10-9 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0052|
Ward Office, Police
|Nearby Community Center/City Hall/Police Station||Hours||Address|
|Minato City Hall||Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wed.: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat. – Sun.: Closed
|1 Chome-5-25 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-8511|
|Akasaka Police Station||Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM
Sat. – Sun.: Closed
|4 Chome-18-19 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0052|
|Akasaka Library||9:00 AM – 8:00 PM||1 Chome-3-3 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062|
|Sanno Medical Center||8 Chome-5-35 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0052|
*These are examples of clinics in the area.
|Aoba Park||1 Chome-4-4 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062|
|Meiji Jingu Gaien Nikoniko Park||1 Chome-7-5 Kitaaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0061|
|Minamiaoyama Park||1 Chome-11 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062|
Apartments for rent near Aoyama-Itchome Station:
- Aoyama-Itchome Station apartments
- Omotesando Station apartments
- Shinanomachi Station apartments
- Gaienmae Station apartments
- Akasaka-Mitsuke Station apartments
- Akasaka Station apartments
- Nogizaka Station apartments
The stylish appeal of the Aoyama neighborhood is hard to top. The area has an upscale vibe that attracts both Japanese and non-Japanese residents, creating a fairly global neighborhood with a trendy atmosphere. Since the area is centrally located and close to well-maintained parks it ranks quite highly for families as well. Check out listings for apartments in the area on our site to find something that matches your needs!
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