Okachimachi Area Guide

Okachimachi is a neighborhood in Taito Ward, Tokyo. This neighborhood is located between two areas with very well-known names: Ueno and Akihabara. While it might not be as recognizable by name as its neighbors, it offers just as much in terms of livability if not more. Great transportation options and fantastic variety of shops/restaurants make this area a great choice for many looking to move to Tokyo.

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Location

Okachimachi is a neighborhood in Taito Ward, which lies between the much larger Ueno and Akihabara areas. Although Ueno and Akihabara definitely have more name recognition, Okachimachi is definitely an area to consider when apartment hunting in Tokyo. Its proximity to a variety of popular destinations allows residents easy access to sights and sounds in Tokyo without being subjected to living in the dense crowds that come with the territory.

As if having direct access to many major stations via the Yamanote Line at Okachimachi Station isn’t enough, the nearby Naka-Okachimachi Station and Ueno-Okachimachi Station provide even more ways to get around Tokyo. These additional subway lines add a lot of convenience for those living in the area.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Okachimachi

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥123,000/month ($1,120)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥203,700/month ($1,850)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥197,800/month ($1,800)

Apartments For Rent in Okachimachi

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
JR East  Yamanote
JR East  Keihin Tohoku
Toei*  Oedo
Tokyo Metro*  Ginza
Tokyo Metro*  Hibiya

*Access to the Toei Oedo subway line is through Ueno-Okachimachi Station, approximately a 100 m walk west of Okachimachi Station.

*Access to the Tokyo Metro Ginza line is through Ueno-Hirokoji Station, approximately a 100 m walk west of Okachimachi Station

*Access to the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line is through Naka-Okachimachi Station, approximately a 100 m walk east of Okachimachi Station.

Accessibility

Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Yamanote, direct 27 min
Shibuya Yamanote, direct 33 min
Tokyo Yamanote, direct 7 min
Shinagawa Yamanote, direct 19 min
Roppongi Hibiya, direct 24 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Yamanote (Tokyo), transfer to Tokaido 36 min

Livability

Okachimachi is a livable neighborhood that blends the bustle of city living with residential conveniences. The area right around the station has many chain restaurants (Beck’s Coffee, Yoshinoya, Oedo conveyor belt sushi) and shops (UNIQLO, Parco shopping mall, Matsuzaka shopping mall). The one thing it doesn’t have compared to the more famous Ueno and Akihabara neighborhoods is crowds of tourists.

Right across the station is Uechun (上中), a shotengai (local market street, usually closed to vehicle traffic) where you can find a variety of restaurants and small shops for daily necessities. With a wide selection of shops near the station, and with so many train/subway lines to take, Okachimachi might be a great fit for those looking for convenience in their Tokyo apartment!


Okachimachi Apartments

Apartments for rent near Okachimachi Station:

To get started on your Okachimachi apartment search, head to our website and browse our listings for apartments. By adjusting your search settings you can find the perfect apartment that meets your needs! Take a look at studio apartments in Okachimachi which start at ¥75,000 per month!

Apartments For Rent in Okachimachi

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Dive Deeper

Taito Ward is the smallest of the 23 special wards of Tokyo but is home to a few famous neighborhoods. The popular Asakusa district is located in Taito, where the oldest temple in Tokyo (Senso-ji) can be found. The neighborhoods outside the touristy areas are calm and quiet, and with Taito Ward being right next to the business districts of Chiyoda Ward, some of these neighborhoods might be the right fit for those working in downtown Tokyo. Photo: iStockphoto stock photography

  • In Taito Ward you’ll find traditional, old-city charm in neighborhoods like Yanaka, Iriya, Asakusa, and Kuramae. Taito is also home to the major hub station of Ueno, where you can find a variety of shopping/dining/entertainment establishments. Read the in-depth guide to Taito Ward here!

Lead photo: masashige via Flickr