Nakai Area Guide

Nakai is a cozy and quiet residential neighborhood in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. This little gem of a neighborhood gives residents fantastic transportation access to business districts. It's also much more relaxed compared to the downtown glitz and glamor of Shinjuku.



The Nakai neighborhood is located in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Just to the west of Takadanobaba, this residential neighborhood is a very convenient bedroom community that offers quick transportation to downtown business districts. Despite its direct access to much larger stations (Takadanobaba, Roppongi, Shinjuku), Nakai tends to fly under the radar for many apartment seekers in Tokyo. It’s a very livable area, and those looking for great values on apartments with a short commute might want to take a closer look at what you can find here.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Nakai

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥89,200/month ($810)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥129,900/month ($1,180)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥171,100/month ($1,560)

Apartments For Rent in Nakai

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
Toei  Oedo
Seibu  Seibu Shinjuku


Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Oedo, direct 10 min
Shibuya Seibu Shinjuku (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote 22 min
Tokyo Oedo (Shinjuku), transfer to Chuo 32 min
Shinagawa Seibu Shinjuku (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote 34 min
Roppongi Oedo, direct 19 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Oedo (Shinjuku), transfer to Shonan-Shinjuku 55 min


Nakai is a calm and quiet neighborhood, which can work to your benefit or against it. It makes for a peaceful area, but tends to even be called slightly plain by residents. But, with the quick transportation options to get to livelier hotspots in Tokyo, you might feel like it all balances out. Near the station is the Nakai Shoyukai (中井商友会), a small shopping street with a selection of local shops and restaurants for added convenience.

Near Nakai is the Mejiro University campus and a handful of parks as well, which add a boost in terms of livability.

Nakai Apartments

Apartments for rent near Nakai Station:

Nakai is a great example of a livable commuter neighborhood for getting to your workplace in downtown Tokyo. Especially for those who would prefer to live outside of the noise and crowds of busy city streets. Browse the listings on our website to find apartments that meet your needs. You can find 1R apartments in Nakai starting at around ¥60,000 per month!

Apartments For Rent in Nakai

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Lead photo: 鈴木 宏一 via Flickr

Dive Deeper

If you’re interested in moving to Shinjuku Ward, but want to find an apartment somewhere a little more lively than Nakai, check out Takadanobaba. Photo: Scott Kouchi

  • Takadanobaba exists as a melting pot of two distinct communities: it’s a commuter’s hub for those in west Tokyo coming in on either the Seibu Shinjuku or Tozai (and Chuo-Sobu) lines and a college town (anchored by Waseda University). This eclectic combination of populations gives the area a unique feel and energy, especially due to the large number of cheap bars and restaurants that you can find. Read the in-depth guide to Takadanobaba here!