Kameari Area Guide

Kameari is a residential neighborhood in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo. What it lacks in name recognition it makes up for in charm and convenience. This traditionally working-class area of Tokyo retains much of the old-school look and feel of bygone Tokyo, and new modern shopping malls have injected style and fashion back into the area.

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Location

Located in Katsushika Ward, Kameari is a slice of Tokyo which retains a very old-school working class neighborhood atmosphere. This neighborhood is located in a relatively central position within the ward. It is has a natural border of the Naka River to the east. The neighborhood of Ayase is to the west, and a little beyond that lies the Arakawa River. South are other residential neighborhoods like Aoto and Ohanajaya. And finally, moving north from Kameari will bring you into Adachi Ward.

Kameari is the main setting for the manga series with the most volumes: Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo (“This is the Police Station in Front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward”). Often shortened to Kochikame, this manga depicts the zany hijinks of middle-aged police officer Kanichi Ryotsu. Because of the connection to this fictional work, there are statues scattered around Kameari of the characters in this manga.

The friendly face of Ryotsu lets you know you’ve arrived in Kameari. Photo: Wei-Te Wong via Flickr

Key Stats

Average Rent in Kameari

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥70,900/month ($640)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥92,200/month ($840)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥134,400/month ($1,220)

Apartments For Rent in Kameari

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
JR  Joban

Accessibility

Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Joban (Ayase), train continues on Chiyoda subway line (Nishi-Nippori), transfer to Yamanote 37 min
Shibuya Joban (Ayase), train continues on Chiyoda subway line (Omotesando), transfer to Ginza subway line 41 min
Ikebukuro Joban (Ayase), train continues on Chiyoda subway line (Nishi-Nippori), transfer to Yamanote 27 min
Tokyo Joban (Ayase), train continues on Chiyoda subway line (Nishi-Nippori), transfer to Yamanote 29 min
Ueno Joban (Ayase), train continues on Chiyoda subway line (Nishi-Nippori), transfer to Yamanote 23 min
Roppongi Joban (Ayase), train continues on Chiyoda subway line (Kasumigaseki), transfer to Hibiya 39 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Joban (Ayase), train continues on Chiyoda subway line (Nishi-Nippori), transfer to Yamanote (Tokyo), transfer to Tokaido 1 hr 5 min

Orientation Around the Station

With only one train line servicing this station (JR Joban Line), the layout is fairly straightforward.

  • The North Exit (北口) opens up to a bus roundabout for taking public transportation further north from the station. There are a few fast food locations (McDonald’s, Mos Burger, Matsuya, etc.) around the north exit.
  • The South Exit (南口) brings you to a larger public transportation loading/unloading zone for taxis, buses, and cars. When walking out of this exit, to your left will be Kameari Lirio shopping mall. Compared to the north exit, the south exit has a livelier feel with more shops and restaurants.

Looking at the south exit of the station. Photo: Dennis Amith via Flickr

Livability

It is true that Katsushika Ward, and other shitamachi (or traditionally working-class areas of Tokyo) tend to lie in the shadow of Tokyo neighborhoods with more recognizable names. But, if the bright lights of downtown city life aren’t your cup of tea, you might find the quieter streets of Kameari very comfortable.

The Kameari neighborhood is pleasantly calm and relaxed. This is a shot of the area north of the station. Photo: Dennis Amith via Flickr

Despite being roughly 40 minutes away from Shinjuku, you’ll actually find a surprising amount of shopping and entertainment in Kameari. For example, the Kameari Lirio shopping mall is home to major retailers like Nitori (furniture and home goods), DAISO (100 yen store), and Nojima (electronics store).

A short walk from the south exit (roughly 7 minutes) will bring you to another shopping complex: Ario Kameari. This is a more recent addition to the Kameari landscape, and the stores inside reflect a younger, fashion-forward clientele. With shops like UNIQLO, niko and…, and H&M, this shopping mall is a popular location for young adults killing time on a weekend. There is also a MOVIX cinema in the complex with 10 screens showing the latest movie releases.

Ario Kameari is a large shopping mall that provides residents with a huge variety of stores and restaurants. Photo: Abasaa via Wikimedia Commons

There’s even a small shopping street south of the station. Kameari You Road (亀有ゆうろーど) or also known as Kameari Ginza Shopping Street (亀有銀座商店街). This is where you can really experience the heart of traditional Tokyo city life. Established in 1930, there’s a lot of history in this street!

The area north of the station is just ever so slightly more subdued compared to the atmosphere south of the station. The streets north of the station offer plenty of local restaurants and small markets, but doesn’t have the same bustle and energy as the south side of the station. That’s not a bad thing at all, but it is worth mentioning to help round out the complete image of this neighborhood.

Kameari is sandwiched by the Naka River to the east and the Arakawa River to the west. There are pedestrian paths along the rivers which are excellent features for residents to use for jogging/cycling!

Useful Info at a Glance

Supermarkets

Nearby Supermarkets Hours Address
Maruetsu Kameari Shop 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM 5 Chome-29-1 Kameari, Katsushika City, Tokyo 125-0061
Ito-Yokado 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM 3 Chome-26-1 Kameari, Katsushika City, Tokyo 125-0061
Nikunohanamasa Kameariten 24 hrs 〒125-0061 Tokyo, Katsushika City, Kameari, 3 Chome−10−2 泉コープ
Ito-Yokado Ario Kameari shop 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM 3 Chome-49-3 Kameari, Katsushika City, Tokyo 125-0061

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

Gyms

Nearby Gyms Hours Address
FASTGYM24 Kameari 24 hrs 〒125-0061 Tokyo, Katsushika City, Kameari, 3 Chome−7−11 鞠子運送ビル 4階
Central Fitness Club Mon.: Closed

Tue. – Fri.: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Sat.: 1o:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sun.: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

〒125-0061 Tokyo, Katsushika City, Kameari, 3 Chome−26−1 リリオ館8F

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

Language Schools

Ward Office, Police, Library

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

Wed.: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

5 Chome-13-1 Tateishi, Katsushika City, Tokyo 124-0012
Kameari Police Station Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

4 Chome-22-19 Niijuku, Katsushika City, Tokyo 125-0051
Katsushika City Kameari Library Mon.: Closed

Tue. – Sat.: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sun.: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

〒125-0061 Tokyo, Katsushika City, Kameari, 1 Chome−17−5 都営亀有1丁目アパート5号棟

Hospitals

*These are examples of clinics in the area.

Parks

Family-Friendly Features

Nearby Family Friendly Features Address
Nishikameari Children Hall 4 Chome-24-1 Nishikameari, Katsushika City, Tokyo 125-0002
Kameari Children Hall 1 Chome-17-5 Kameari, Katsushika City, Tokyo 125-0061

Department Stores


Kameari Apartments

Apartments for rent near Kameari Station:

Apartments around Kameari tend to be a little be more in the affordable range, and can be great values for first-time apartment renters in Japan. Studio apartments around Kameari Station start from as low as ¥45,000 per month on our listings! Even larger 1LDK apartments can be found from around ¥70,000 per month!

Apartments For Rent in Kameari

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Lead photo: Nesnad via Wikimedia Commons


Dive Deeper

  • The very northeast corner of Tokyo’s 23 wards, Katsushika Ward are a far cry from the skyscrapers of Shinjuku. This area, along with the surrounding wards of AdachiSumida, and Edogawa are all considered shitamachi (lit. “lower city” referring to the historical distinction between higher city center areas and the lower surrounding areas). Katsushika offers a quieter, slower kind of Tokyo lifestyle. Read more about Katsushika Ward on our ward guide here!

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