Kamata 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.

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Location

The Kamata neighborhood is located in Ota Ward, Tokyo. This puts it towards the southern end of the 23 wards of Tokyo, bordering Kanagawa Prefecture. One benefit of living in Ota Ward is that Haneda Airport is in the same ward, which means getting to the airport should be a relatively painless process. Ota Ward is also quite conveniently sandwiched between downtown Tokyo and Yokohama, allowing residents to get to one or the other easily.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Kamata

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥97,900/month ($890)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥153,300/month ($1,390)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥183,200/month ($1,670)

Apartments For Rent in Kamata

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
JR East  Keihin-Tohoku
Tokyu  Ikegami
Tokyu  Tamagawa
Keikyu*  Keikyu Main Line
Keikyu* Keikyu Airport Line

*Access to the Keikyu Main Line and Keikyu Airport line is through Keikyu-Kamata Station, a 500 m walk east from Kamata Station.

Accessibility

Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Keihin-Tohoku (Shinagawa), transfer to Yamanote 33 min
Shibuya Keihin-Tohoku (Shinagawa), transfer to Yamanote 26 min
Jiyugaoka Tamagawa (Tamagawa), transfer to Toyoko 22 min
Tokyo Keihin-Tohoku, direct 24 min
Shinagawa Keihin-Tohoku, direct 10 min
Roppongi Keihin-Tohoku (Hamamatsucho), transfer to Oedo via Daimon Station 32 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Keihin-Tohoku, direct 18 min

Orientation Around the Station

The west exit of Kamata Station. Incorporated inside is the Granduo Shopping Mall. Photo: Scott Kouchi

Kamata Station is serviced by the Keihin-Tohoku line operated by JR East, and the Ikegami Line and Tamagawa Line operated by Tokyu.

From JR Keihin-Tohoku Line:

  • The West Exit (西口) brings you closer to the Tokyu lines if you’re making a transfer. This is also the exit to take if you want to explore Tokyu Plaza Kamata shopping mall.
  • The East Exit (東口) is where the JR Ticket Window (Midori-no-madoguchi) is located.

From the Tokyu lines:

  • There is only one ticket gate that leads out towards the West Exit (西口), from which you can transfer to the JR Keihin-Tohoku Line if necessary.

Tokyu Plaza at the station also provides a great mix of shops and restaurants for residents. Photo: Scott Kouchi

Depending on which side you exit from you can also access shopping malls without having to leave the station. From the east exit this will be Granduo Kamata. And if you take the stairs going up from the west exit you’ll enter Tokyu Plaza Kamata.

Livability

Entrance to Sunrise Shopping Street, just across from the west exit of the station. Photo: Scott Kouchi

It’s true, there is a high density of izakayas and pachinko parlors near the station (which can mean that you might encounter a drunkard or two on your way home depending on how late it is). But, it is possible to avoid these sections for the most part. In fact, Kamata has been actively trying to improve its image as a safe and livable neighborhood for those looking for a home in Tokyo. Recent redevelopment projects in the area have given the station a modern look: in 2008 the station was renovated and the Gran Duo shopping mall was opened, and in 2014 renovations were completed on the Tokyu Plaza shopping mall.

A look inside the Sunrise Shopping Street. Photo: Scott Kouchi

You’ll also find the Sunrise Shopping Street just to the east of the station with local shops and restaurants. A Tokyu store and a Maruetsu store round out the larger supermarkets in the area. The local feel of the area tends to keep the prices of produce and daily necessities more affordable compared to other residential neighborhoods in Tokyo.

Maruetsu supermarket in Kamata. Photo: Scott Kouchi

It’s pretty safe to say that shopping for daily necessities is pretty convenient around Kamata. For the most part you should have pretty easy access to supermarkets like the Maruetsu pictured above. With many supermarkets staying open until 12:00AM or later, the area is very accommodating for those with odd schedules (or for when you just need to grab that ice cream at 11:00 PM).

Eating

As stated above, Kamata is home to a lot of izakaya (Japanese-style bar) and while you’ll need pretty decent Japanese language skills (or a friend to help order), these local joints can really hit the spot when you’re in the mood for dining out. Take Kurihira for example, this popular izakaya is the complete package for getting your fix of the traditional Japanese bar experience. Head east of the station and you can find Great German Cook Kamata. As the name implies, it emulates a German style pub – just goes to show that this area offers a variety in terms of culinary experiences! Another option in the area is KAKUMEI burger&cafe, where you can satisfy your sandwich cravings with a shiso and plum fish burger!

Useful Info at a Glance

Supermarkets

Nearby Supermarkets Hours Address
Kamata Tokyu Store 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM 7 Chome-69-1 Nishikamata, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0051
LIFE Nishikamata 9:30 AM – 12:00 AM 7 Chome-51-15 Nishikamata, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0051
Hanamasa 24 hrs 〒144-0051 Tokyo, Ota City, Nishikamata, 7 Chome−61−1 東京蒲田文化会館B1F
Olympic 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM 5 Chome-28-8 Kamata, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0052
Maruetsu Kamata 9:00 AM – 1:00 AM 5 Chome-47-7 Kamata, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0052

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

Gyms

Nearby Gyms Hours Address
Anytime Fitness Nishikamata 24 hrs 8 Chome-4-16 Nishikamata, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0051
TIPNESS Kamata Mon. – Tue.: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Wed.: Closed

Thu. – Fri.: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Sat.: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Sun.: 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM

〒144-0052 Tokyo, Ota City, Kamata, 5 Chome−28−8 3~5F she‐Bopビル

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

Universities

Nearby Universities Information
Tokyo University of Technology Kamata Campus Tokyo University of Technology Home Page
Toho University Omori Campus Toho University Home Page

Language Schools

Nearby Language Schools Information Address
Japanese Language School affiliated with Tokyo University of Technology Japanese Language School affiliated with Tokyo University of Technology Home Page 5-23-22 Nishikamata, 大田区 Ota City, Tokyo 144-0051

Ward Office, Police, Library

Nearby Community Center/City Hall/Police Station Address
Kamata Police Station 2 Chome-3-3 Kamatahoncho, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0053
Kamata Library 1 Chome-19-22 Higashikamata, 大田区 Ota City, Tokyo 144-0031
Ota City Hall 5 Chome-13-14 Kamata, Ota City, Tokyo 144-8621

Hospitals

Nearby Hospitals Address
Tokyo Kamata Hospital 7 Chome-10-1 Nishikamata, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0051

*These are examples of clinics in the area.

Parks

Nearby Parks Address
Meoto-bashi Riverside Park 〒144-0035 Tokyo, Ota City, 南蒲田1丁目4先
Nishi-Kamata Park 8 Chome-6-12 Nishikamata, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0051

Family-Friendly Features

Nearby Family Friendly Features Address
Nishi-Kamata Children’s Center 3-8-6 Nishikamata, Ota City, Tokyo 144-0051
Hasunuma Children’s Center 3-2-1 Higashiyaguchi, Ota City, Tokyo 146-0094

Department Stores


Kamata Apartments

Apartments for rent near Kamata Station:

Kamata is a fairly affordable neighborhood, and considering its location to a variety of downtown offices (Shinagawa, Tokyo, Yokohama), it can be a fantastic value for apartment seekers looking to really stretch their budget. Studio 1R apartments around Kamata start at approximately ¥60,000 per month on our website. And larger, more spacious 1LDK apartments in Kamata can be found at around ¥120,000 per month!

Apartments For Rent in Kamata

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Lead photo: Sun Road Shopping Street in Kamata – Scott Kouchi


Dive Deeper

A shot of Keikyu-Kamata Station, from where you can catch a train straight to Haneda Airport. This direct connection to an international airport makes Ota Ward a very convenient location for jetsetters! Photo: Junpei Abe via Flickr

  • 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. Read the in-depth guide to Ota here!