- Closest station to the Tokyo Institute of Technology, student-friendly vibe, easy access to Shibuya and Jiyugaoka. Great shopping and budget restaurants near the station. Relax at nearby Senzoku Ike Park.
- Tōkyū Ōimachi and Tōkyū Meguro Lines
- From Ōokayama Station:
-- 8-min direct to Meguro
-- 17-min to Shibuya
-- 27-min to Shinjuku
Ōokayama station is known primarily as the closest stop to the Tokyo Institute of Technology, a national research university and the largest institution for higher education in Japan dedicated to science and technology. The main campus, with its beautiful cherry tree-lined promenade, pictured in the lead photo, is located about a one-minute walk from the station.
Even if you’re not a student, there’s a lot to like about this relaxed and conveniently located corner of Tokyo.
Ōokayama Station Area and Orientation
It’s in a great location between the hustle and bustle of Shibuya, just a 17-min train ride away and the elegant environs of Jiyugaoka, just two stops away on the Tōkyū Ōimachi line.
The Stunningly Designed Ōokayama Station Building
The first thing to know about Ōokayama station is the distinctively designed station building itself.
Near the Station
When you exit from the main gate of the station, you’ll be greeted by a small intersection and the bold geometric roofline of the Tokyo Tech Museum and Archives.
Supermarkets and Shops
There is a Lawson’s convenience store about a 2-minute walk from the station. It’s on the right, as you exit from the main gate.
There are also two supermarkets near the station. The Hiruma Market Place is a local upmarket chain that sells excellent fresh produce, meat, fish, and sundries. The Tokyu Store Ookayama, a large chain supermarket with a wide selection of fresh foods, sundries, and household goods is in front of the station in the direction of the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
The Tokyu Store is open from 8AM to 1AM so it’s a great place to get your shopping done after work or school.
In the station building is a branch of the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ and a branch of Mizuho Bank near the station, near the MacDonald’s.
There are dozens of budget-friendly restaurants and coffee shops near the station from MacDonald’s to ramen shops to a branch of Saizereya (a discount chain offering a Japanese-take on Italian fare) and ethnic restaurants.
Some top recommendations from locals include:
Itokito (イトキト): For breads and sandwiches. Located north of the station at 1-54-10 Kitasenzoku on the first floor of the Sano Building.
Shuhaitaikou (酒盃 たいこう): Traditional Japanese foods and izakaya (Japanese-style pub). 1-44-5 Kitasenzoku. On the second floor of the building. About a 3-minute walk, just north of the station.
Menyakokoro (麺屋こころ): For Taiwanese-style mixed noodles and ramen. 3-6-9 Minamisenzoku, near the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Senzoku Ike Park
Senzoku Ike Park is a wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the lake anytime of the year, but it’s especially beautiful in the spring when the cherry blossoms make their appearance. The park is about a 13-min walk south of the station.
This area of Tokyo and the park itself is named after the famous Buddhist priest Nichiren Shonin, who washed his feet here on his way to Ikegami Temple. Senzoku (洗足) literally means “washing your feet”.
Average Rent Near Ōokayama Station
The average rent for an apartment near Ōokayama Station (Source: LIFULL HOME’S, September 2017) is:
- Studio (1R, 1K, 1DK): ¥85,300 ($772 @ 110 JPY = 1 USD)
- 1BR to 2BR (1LDK, 2K, 2DK): ¥122,600 ($1108)
- 2BR to 3BR (2LDK, 3K, 3DK): ¥172,400 ($1559)
- 3BR to 4BR (3LDK, 4K, 4DK): ¥202,400 ($1830)
You can definitely find apartments for lower than the average rent levels mentioned above. On Real Estate Japan, listings for studio (1K and 1R) apartments start from around ¥63,000 ($571).
How to Get to Ōokayama Station from Narita and Haneda
For directions from Narita and Haneda Airports to Ōokayama Station, please use the pre-set links below to be taken to Google Maps.