Ochiai Area Guide

Ochiai is a residential neighborhood located in the eastern portion of Nakano Ward. This neighborhood provides residents with a quiet reprise from the busy crowds in Nakano and Takadanobaba. Although Ochiai Station is only serviced by the Tozai subway line, a quick walk from the station can bring you to nearby stations, for a good balance of accessible stations.



Ochiai is a neighborhood in the eastern edge of Nakano Ward. This places it between the larger (and recognizable) neighborhoods of Nakano and Takadanobaba. While this neighborhood might not have the same appeal as its peers, it provides a quieter, calmer neighborhood within a stone’s throw from bustling shopping areas. The calmness of the area, combined with the proximity to larger stations, makes this area particularly popular with families. In fact, you’ll find a handful of high-class apartment complexes around Ochiai Station.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Ochiai

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥85,500/month ($780)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥140,900/month ($1,280)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥216,400/month ($1,970)

Apartments For Rent in Ochiai

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
Tokyo Metro  Tozai


Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Tozai (Nakano), transfer to Chuo 11 min
Shibuya Tozai (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote 22 min
Tokyo (Otemachi) Tozai, direct 18 min
Shinagawa Tozai (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote 34 min
Roppongi Tozai (Takadanobaba), transfer to Yamanote (Yoyogi), transfer to Oedo 29 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Tozai (Nihombashi), transfer to Asakusa, subway continues on Keikyu Main Line 59 min


While Nakano Station might be the premiere destination for folks checking out the entertainment and dining options of Nakano Ward, Ochiai provides residents with a much more demure atmosphere compared to the hectic crowds in Nakano (and Takadanobaba). The residential vibe keeps things quiet, but this also means there is a noticeable lack of restaurants and shops in the area. Thankfully, residents are a quick train ride (or bike ride) away from larger stations where to get their fill of shopping.

From Ochiai Station it’s possible to walk to a few other train lines, increasing the total transportation options available. A five minute walk north will bring you to Nakai Station (Oedo subway line, Seibu Shinjuku Line), and a five minute walk south will bring you to Higashi-Nakano Station (Oedo subway line, Chuo Line, Chuo-Sobu Line).

Ochiai Apartments

Apartments for rent near Ochiai Station:

Ochiai is nestled between a few notable stations with many shopping and dining options. This helps give residents a balance when it comes to livability in the area.

Apartments For Rent in Ochiai

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Dive Deeper

A look at a street near Takadanobaba Station. Just one stop away from Ochiai, yet the atmosphere is completely different. Being located close to this dense cluster of shops and restaurants makes living in Ochiai very convenient – especially for those who also prefer a little more peace and quiet at the end of the day. 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!

Lead photo: Ochiai Station via Wikimedia

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