Kinshicho Area Guide



Kinshicho is an entertainment district in Sumida Ward, Tokyo. It’s considered Sumida Ward’s equivalent to Ikebukuro – a bustling urban center, where you’ll find a variety of shopping malls. The shopping and entertainment in the area results in many of Sumida Ward’s young adults choosing to spend their free time in the Kinshicho area. For those who are keen on living right in the thick of urban city living in Tokyo, the Kinshicho area offers a lot of the same downtown conveniences as other larger stations (Ikebukuro, Ueno, Takadanobaba), but in the eastern edge of the 23 wards of Tokyo.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Kinshicho

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥108,000/month ($980)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥159,400/month ($1,450)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥184,500/month ($1,680)

Apartments For Rent in Kinshicho

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
JR East  Chuo-Sobu
JR East  Sobu
Tokyo Metro  Hanzomon


Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Chuo-Sobu, direct 25 min
Shibuya Hanzomon, direct 29 min
Oshiage (Tokyo Skytree) Hanzomon, direct 2 min
Tokyo Sobu, direct 8 min
Shinagawa Sobu (Tokyo), train continues on Yokosuka Line 17 min
Roppongi Hanzomon (Kiyosumi-shirakawa), transfer to Oedo 32 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Sobu (Tokyo), train continues on Yokosuka Line 40 min


If you love the idea of living within walking distance to shopping malls, movie theaters, and concert halls, then Kinshicho might be a great fit for you. The convenience of city living is very apparent around the Kinshicho area, you’ll find two movie theaters (TOHO Cinemas Kinshicho Rakutenchi and TOHO Cinemas Kinshicho Olinas) and a handful of shopping malls (Marui, Arcakit, Parco, Olinas, etc.).

With the off-track horse race betting establishment located near the station, Kinshicho does have a reputation for attracting those interested in drinking and gambling. Just something to keep in mind when checking out the area. Residents also report that there is a high number of foreign residents of Chinese and Southeast Asian descent in Kinshicho – again, not necessarily a dealbreaker by any stretch, but the more information you have when searching for a home in Japan, the more equipped you will be to make a decision that meets your needs.

Kinshicho Apartments

Apartments for rent near Kinshicho Station:

Kinshicho offers residents in the eastern edge of Tokyo’s 23 wards a lot of downtown conveniences without having to make the trek into city centers like Shibuya or Ikebukuro. This can work to the benefit of those who want to live near lively streets, but also find their workplace in Sumida Ward, Edogawa Ward, or Koto Ward. Browse apartment listings on our website and you can find some great values on studio apartments in Kinshicho, which start from around ¥60,000 per month.

Apartments For Rent in Kinshicho

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Lead photo: Outside Kinshicho Station, with the artistic installation called ECHO visible to the left of the photo, which was unveiled the same year that the Sumida Triphony Hall was opened (1987). iStock stock photography

Dive Deeper

  • Sumida Ward is known for being home to Tokyo Skytree and the crowds of tourists that visit the attraction. But, it also contains many shitamachi (“low town”) neighborhoods that preserve the look-and-feel of Showa era Japan. Here you will find relaxed and affordable stations that are within easy commuting distance of downtown business districts. Read the in-depth guide to Sumida here!
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