Kodaira Area Guide

Kodaira City is a residential neighborhood located in west Tokyo on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Its location in the suburbs of Tokyo offers a very quiet and calm environment which is very popular with families. Plenty of space and few crowds make living more comfortable, and with only a roughly 30 minute train ride to Shinjuku, this might be a great balance for those looking for a local vibe in Tokyo.



Kodaira City is located outside the 23 wards of Tokyo, just to the west of Musashino and Nishitokyo. Out in the Tokyo suburbs, the environment is vastly different compared to what you will experience around downtown Shinjuku or Tokyo. There are plenty of small parks and playgrounds for children dotting the neighborhood, and a quick train ride will bring you to either Koganei Park or Seibuen Amusement Park. The area proves to provide a family-friendly environment which is great for those looking for a little be calmer streets in Tokyo.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Kodaira

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥54,000/month ($490)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥70,900/month ($640)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥92,200/month ($840)

Apartments For Rent in Kodaira

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
Seibu  Shinjuku


Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Seibu Shinjuku (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote 33 min
Shibuya Seibu Shinjuku (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote 40 min
Tokyo Seibu Shinjuku (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote (Shinjuku), transfer to Chuo 51 min
Shinagawa Seibu Shinjuku (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote 52 min
Roppongi Seibu Shinjuku (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote (Yoyogi), transfer to Oedo 48 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Seibu Shinjuku (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote (Ebisu), transfer to Shonan-Shinjuku 1hr 11min


Just as you’d imagine, the suburbs of Tokyo offer a calm, relaxed lifestyle. Despite only being roughly 30 minutes away from Shinjuku Station, the Kodaira neighborhood is a completely different environment. The space out here makes living more comfortable, but it also puts more distance between you and daily necessities (depending on the apartment you’re looking at, you might be as far as 15-20 minutes from the station).

Another benefit of living away from the skyscrapers and traffic jams in downtown Tokyo is that you’ll be closer to nature. Specifically in Kodaira, this means you’ll be a quick train ride from Koganei Park, where you’ll find the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum and sprawling cycling paths. It really is a great space for a weekend excursion to recharge in a natural setting.

The Seibuen Amusement Park is also a few stops away. This amusement park is primarily targeted towards children (helping boost the family livability of the area), with many kid-friendly rides, a Ferris wheel & a looping roller coaster.

Living in the suburbs is generally ideal for families, but single apartment seekers looking to save on rent will also find this part of west Tokyo quite friendly on the wallet.

Kodaira Apartments

Apartments for rent near Kodaira Station:

Browse our website for listings in the Kodaira neighborhood, and use our search tools to find the apartment that fits your needs! Family-friendly 2LDK apartments near Kodaira start at around ¥90,000 per month on our listings!

Apartments For Rent in Kodaira

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Lead photo: Araisyohei via Wikimedia Commons

Dive Deeper

Just south of the Kodaira neighborhood is Kokubunji. This residential neighborhood in west Tokyo is located on the JR Chuo Line for speedy transportation direct to Shinjuku Station. Much like Kodaira, you’ll find a blend of suburban calmness and nature in the neighborhood. Photo: Scott Kouchi
  • Finding an area that really speaks to you on a personal level can be a difficult task. However, if you’re seeking a balance between all things considered (rent, transportation, entertainment, shopping, dining, safety, etc.) Kokubunji might fit the bill nicely. It could be this middle-of-the-road inclination that keeps it from being somewhat under the radar – which could play in your favor if you like to keep things simple and relaxed. Read the in-depth guide to Kokubunji here!

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