Iidabashi Area Guide

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.

Details

Highlights
-- Access to 5 different train/subway lines from Iidabashi Station.
-- Wide variety of izakayas and restaurants in the neighborhood.
-- Grocery stores and supermarkets conveniently located throughout the area.
-- Close to the inspiring Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, with history dating back to the 17th century!

Contents

Location

Iidabashi is a small neighborhood located in the northern part of Chiyoda Ward. While it doesn’t have the same level of popularity as other central neighborhoods like Roppongi, Azabu Juban, or Hiroo, it has one thing those other neighborhoods don’t. From Iidabashi Station you can catch a train or subway on 5 different lines (Chuo-Sobu, Tozai, Yurakucho, Namboku, and Oedo). For a relatively small neighborhood, this variety in transportation options really boosts the appeal of the area.

The Kanda River flows through Iidabashi, and it is a popular spot to view cherry blossoms with a unique perspective! Photo: Masaki Tokutomi via Flickr

Key Stats

Average Rent in Iidabashi

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥126,500/month ($1,150)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥272,500/month ($2,480)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥319,900/month ($2,910)

Apartments For Rent in Iidabashi

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
JR East  Chuo-Sobu (Local)
Toei  Oedo
Tokyo Metro  Tozai
Tokyo Metro  Yurakucho
Tokyo Metro  Namboku

Accessibility

Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Chuo-Sobu (Local), direct 12 min
Shibuya Chuo-Sobu (Local) (Shinjuku), transfer to Yamanote 16 min
Tokyo Tozai (Otemachi), 2 min walk to Tokyo Station 10 min
Roppongi Chuo-Sobu (Local) (Yoyogi), transfer to Oedo 22 min
Shinagawa Chuo-Sobu (Local) (Akihabara), transfer to Yamanote 29 min
Kichijoji Chuo-Sobu (Local), direct 30 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Chuo-Sobu (Local) (Akihabara), transfer to Keihin-Tohoku 56 min

Orientation Around the Station

There are quite a few different train/subway lines converging at Iidabashi Station, making it convenient for getting around the city. However, this mix of lines can be a little tricky to navigate. It might be easier to visualize the layout of the station by separating it into the JR Station and the Metro Station.

Looking toward Itabashi JR Station. You can see the East Exit just to the right of the center of the image. Photo: Le monde en train via Wikimedia Commons

At the JR Station there are two exits.

  • The East Exit is located on ground level. The exit will put you on Mejiro-dori Ave., with the Kanda River just to the west.
  • The West Exit requires walking up and down flights of stairs to access. If you need to use an elevator, you’ll have to exit via the East Exit. The west exit has been under construction since 2016 (as of November 2019 it is still undergoing additional construction). If you continue south from this exit you’ll get to Iidabashi Sakura Terrace, an outdoor shopping mall with a variety of restaurants.

There are at least 12 exits from the Iidabashi subway station.

  • The A exits are found along the Tozai line. Use these exits if you need to be on the east side of the Kanda River.
  • The B exits are located where the Namboku line and Yurakucho line are.
  • The C exits are lined up with the Oedo line. These exits lie on the north part of the station. Exits C2 and C3 are closest to the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens.

It’s true that Iidabashi is primarily offices, but the number of train/subway lines that can be accessed at Iidabashi Station can be a reason to choose this area over other parts of Tokyo.

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens provide inspiring scenery within the busy metropolis of Tokyo. Photo: Chao-Wei Juan via Flickr

Established in 1629, this long-standing garden is just one of three remaining daimyo (feudal lord) gardens in Tokyo. Chinese scholar Zhu Shun Shui aided in planning the design of the garden, resulting in elements of Chinese design spread throughout the garden. The Full Moon Bridge, Engetsu-kyo, is one of these Chinese-inspired works.

The flora of the garden have been chosen with great care and provide different scenes depending on the season: the autumn scenery shows off hues of red and orange of Japanese maple leaves, plum blossoms signal the end of winter, cherry blossoms provide a whimsical spring scene, and summer brings a variety of flowers to bloom.

Izakaya and Ramen Heaven

It seems like other districts and neighborhoods are more well-known for dining, but Iidabashi is no slouch when it comes to culinary offerings. In particular, ramen geeks are always on the prowl for the latest ramen fad popping up in this neighborhood.

There are popular, staple ramen spots in Iidabashi like Nidaime Tsujita (particularly famous for its “rich tsukemen”). Menya Ichiraku has taken it upon themselves to prepare a unique ramen that uses chicken and really makes for a soul-nourishing bowl of what could be considered chicken noodle soup. For those with an appetite for adventure, Nikaido offers menu items like Kimchi and Cheese Soba, Iriko (dried sardine) Broth Soba, and spicy variants like soup-less tan tan noodles!

Canal Cafe

Here’s a shot of how close to the water you’ll be at Canal Cafe. Photo: Daderot via Wikimedia Commons

Situated right on the Kanda River is the Canal Cafe. Not only can you come here to catch a bite to eat while relaxing next to the river, you can even rent a boat and take a quick trip on the water. From March to November they even offer a BBQ course where you can grill meats and vegetables right on the waterfront!

Kagurazaka

Although technically a separate neighborhood in its own rights, Kagurazaka is right next to Iidabashi and it deserves some mention when introducing Iidabashi. Just northwest of Iidabashi Station is a quaint shopping district that is well known for incorporating traditional Japanese aesthetics within the city. At the turn of the century this neighborhood was home to many of Tokyo’s geisha houses, some of which remain today, giving the area a rich history tied to the culture of Japan.

French Ex-Pat Community

An interesting facet of Kagurazaka’s residential population is that there is a large French ex-pat community here. In 1975, a French international school was built in the area offering schooling in French. In an effort to be able to walk their children to school and back, French families decided to move close to the school in the surrounding Kagurazaka neighborhoods. This school has since been moved to Kita Ward.

Another establishment that ties Tokyo and France together is l’Institut Franco-Japonais de Tokyo in Kagurazaka. Officially opened in 1952, this French school continues to act as one of the preeminent establishments for learning French language/culture in Tokyo.

You’ll find an abundance of French bakeries, cafes, and cheese shops here. This unique mix of traditional Japanese influences and modern French style give Kagurazaka a charming atmosphere that can’t be replicated anywhere else!

Livability

A fixture of Iidabashi is the Fujimicho Church, a primarily protestant denomination established in 1941. Photo: 江戸村のとくぞう via Wikimedia Commons

Although one of the main appealing factors for choosing to live in Iidabashi is the amount of transportation options available at Iidabashi Station, there is quite a lot to like about this livable slice of Tokyo. You’ll find that grocery stores and supermarkets are readily accessible, there are gyms close by, and plenty of public schools are located around the perimeter of the neighborhood. The main difference between Iidabashi and other centrally located neighborhoods (such as Hiroo or Roppongi) is that there aren’t as many English-oriented services in the area.

Useful Info at a Glance

Supermarkets

Nearby Supermarkets Hours Address
Miuraya 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM 〒162-0823 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kaguragashi, 1−1 セントラルプラザ・ラムラ1F
Maruetsu Petit 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM 2-20 Agebacho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0824
My Basket Iidabashiekikita Shop 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM 〒112-0004 Tokyo, Bunkyo City, 6, 文京区後楽2-6-1
Seijo Ishii Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Sat. – Sun.: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

〒102-0071 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Fujimi, 2 Chome−10−2 飯田橋グラン・ブルーム サクラテラス
Inageya 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM 4-11 Shinogawamachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0814

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

Gyms

Nearby Gyms Hours Address
Anytime Fitness Iidabashi 24 hrs 2-1 Shimomiyabicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0822
Konami Sports Club Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri.: 7:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Thu.: Closed

Sat.: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sun.: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

2-1 Agebacho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0824
Anytime Fitness Kudanshita 24 hrs 〒102-0072 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Iidabashi, 1 Chome−12−12 九段大和エステート

*These are just examples of gyms available in the area.

Universities

Nearby Universities Information
The Nippon Dental University School of Life Dentistry at Tokyo The Nippon Dental University School of Life Dentistry at Tokyo Home Page
Tokyo University of Science Kagurazaka Campus Tokyo University of Science Kagurazaka Campus
Hosei University Hosei University Home Page

Language Schools

Ward Office, Police, Library

Nearby Community Center/City Hall/Police Station Hours Address
Chiyoda City Hall Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

1 Chome-2-1 Kudanminami, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0074
Chiyoda Public Library Mon. – Fri.: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sat.: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sun.: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

〒102-8688 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Kudanminami, 1 Chome−2−1 千代田区役所

Hospitals

Nearby Hospitals Address
Tōkyō Teishin Hospital 2 Chome-14-23 Fujimi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0071
JCHO Tokyo Shinjuku Medical Center 5-1 Tsukudocho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-8543

*These are examples of clinics in the area.

Parks

Nearby Parks Address
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens 1 Chome-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 112-0004
Shinjuku Kuritsu Shirogane Park 3 Shiroganecho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0816

Family-Friendly Features

Nearby Family Friendly Features Address
Fujimi Wanpaku Space 〒102-0071 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Fujimi, 1 Chome−10−3 富士見みらい館5階

Shopping Malls

 


Iidabashi Apartments

Apartments for rent near Iidabashi Station:

Iidabashi’s location in the central ward of Chiyoda makes it very attractive for those commuting to downtown Tokyo. This coupled with the fact that you can access 5 different train/subway lines from Iidabashi Station makes it a great location to consider for those who are always busy with meetings around the city. Although there isn’t a major redevelopment complex in this neighborhood (like Roppongi Hills) this could be a blessing in that there are fewer tourists and visitors compared to a station like Roppongi or Ebisu. It’s possible to find studio apartments in the area for around ¥75,000 per month!

Apartments For Rent in Iidabashi

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