Denenchofu Area Guide

Denenchofu, located in Ota Ward, is known as Tokyo's "garden suburb" for its beautiful tree-lined streets, modeled on those of London. The architecture of Denenchofu is also unique in Tokyo because many of the single-family homes built here were inspired by neoclassical Western architecture. It has a reputation for being an enclave for the well-to-do, politicians, and celebrities of Japan, but its sophisticated and calm atmosphere also make it attractive for foreign residents who want these qualities in a residential neighborhood.

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Location

Denenchofu is a neighborhood on the western edge of Ota Ward, bordering Setagaya Ward. Right above the Tamagawa River, this affluent neighborhood is well-known for the starkly non-Japanese look of the streets. This is because the neighborhood was designed with an English urban planning concept in mind, incorporating natural elements and lots of space in the properties. The neighborhood enjoys a very quiet, residential feel since there aren’t any large shopping plazas, pachinko parlors, or attractions around.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Denenchofu

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥95,700/month ($870)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥145,600/month ($1,320)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥176,600/month ($1,610)

Apartments For Rent in Denenchofu

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
Tokyu  Meguro
Tokyu  Toyoko

Accessibility

Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Toyoko (Shibuya), transfer to Yamanote 30 min
Shibuya Toyoko, direct 14 min
Tokyo Meguro (Meguro), transfer to Yamanote 38 min
Roppongi Toyoko (Naka-Meguro), transfer to Hibiya 20 min
Shinagawa Meguro (Meguro), transfer to Yamanote 23 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Toyoko, direct 19 min

Orientation Around the Station

Denenchofu Station has a very straightforward layout with just one set of ticket gates. Exiting these gates opens into a brick pavilion from where you can head either east or west. The bus stops for the station are located to the north, which means you can take either exit to get to any bus connections.

  • The West Exit will take you up a flight of stairs and under a replica of the original Denenchofu Station (or you can use the elevator within the arch). This exit is primarily used by residents as there aren’t any stores or restaurants on this side of the station save for the few establishments clustered near the station.
  • The Exit Exit will lead you through a small shopping street where you can find some cafes and restaurants.

Livability

If peace and quiet are on the top of your apartment hunting priorities, the Denenchofu neighborhood is probably what you are looking for. Originally planned as a “garden city” (a city planning concept dating back to 1898 when it was invented by Ebenezer Howard) to provide Tokyo with a neighborhood close to the city center while also preserving a sense of natural scenery.

This non-Japanese city planning is extremely evident just talking a walk through the neighborhood. The streets and homes in Denenchofu are quite different from any other area in Tokyo. Instead of traditional Japanese homes, the homes in Denenchofu are modeled after western architecture. And the wide streets lined with large trees also set this neighborhood apart from what you might be used to seeing in Japan.

Since there aren’t any large department stores or luxury brand-name shops in the area, you won’t find crowds and the neighborhood has a very calm, relaxed feeling. Despite the lack of shopping options, the available supermarkets and convenience stores provide residents with daily necessities. If you’re itching to spend some of your hard earned yen you can head just one station away to Jiyugaoka where you’ll find a variety of stylish restaurants and shops to browse.

The large homes (compared to standard Japanese homes) found in Denenchofu have attracted members of high-society such as celebrities, professional sports stars, and high-ranking politicians. Because of this, Denenchofu is seen as an upper-class neighborhood with an emphasis on family-oriented properties.

Sakurazaka Slope is a stretch of road northeast of Numabe Station where approximately 30 large cherry trees line the street. When the trees bloom in spring (usually late March), this spectacle draws quite a crowd of spectators to bask in the romantic scenery. There is a pedestrian overpass which is elevated to where the blossoms are at eye-level, giving visitors a unique perspective to their cherry blossom viewing experience! Close by, the Tamagawadai Park is home to around 300 cherry trees and with the open park space you can enjoy a picnic under the beautiful blossoms.

Taking a quick look around at the local establishments, there are a handful of cafes in the area which provide residents with spaces to catch up over some coffee or lunch. For instance there’s Pelican Coffee right next to Denenchofu Station, a recent addition which opened in 2016. Not quite within Denenchofu, but just to the north around Okusawa is Okusawa Factory Coffee and Bakes which serves up delicious fresh baked goods.

Useful Info at a Glance

Supermarkets

Nearby Supermarkets Hours Address
Precce Denenchofu 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM 2 Chome-62-4 Denenchofu, Ota City, Tokyo 145-0071
National Denen 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM 2 Chome-6-21 Tamagawadenenchofu, Setagaya City, Tokyo 158-0085

*This is just a selection of supermarkets in the area.

Universities

Nearby Universities Information
Tokyo City University Tokyo City University Home Page
Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo Institute of Technology Home Page
Sanno University Sanno University Home Page

Ward Office, Police, Library

Nearby Community Center/City Hall/Police Station Hours Address
Den-enchofu Branch Office Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

2 Chome-20-16 Denenchofu, Ota City, Tokyo 145-0071
Denenchofu Police Station Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

1 Chome-1-8 Denenchofu, Ota City, Tokyo 145-0071

Hospitals

Nearby Hospitals Address
Denenchofu Central Hospital 2 Chome-43-1 Denenchofu, Ota City, Tokyo 145-0071

*These are examples of clinics in the area.

Parks

Family-Friendly Features

Nearby Family Friendly Features Address
Den-enchoufu 2 Chome Children’s Center 2 Chome-17-17-2 Denenchofu, Ota City, Tokyo 145-0071
Okusawa Children’s Plaza 4 Chome-8-14 Okusawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 158-0083

Shopping Malls

Nearby Shopping Malls Information Address
Tokyu Square Garden Sight Tokyu Square Garden Sight Home Page 2-chōme-62 Denenchōfu, Ota City, Tōkyō-to 145-0071

Denenchofu Apartments

Apartments for rent near Denenchofu Station:

Since Denenchofu is known for being a calm residential neighborhood, it tends to attract families. The lack of nightlife and entertainment options reflect this, and might be a dealbreaker for some single apartment seekers. However, if you’re sure that this is your cup of tea, it’s possible to find 1K apartments this highly livable Tokyo neighborhood for as low as approximately ¥60,000 per month!

Apartments For Rent in Denenchofu

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Lead photo: Denenchofu Station, front,  Wikimedia

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