Sangenjaya Area Guide

Sangenjaya is a well-known residential neighborhood in Setagaya Ward. It is a unique and vibrant area that offers great livability for those who want to be less than 10-min away from Shibuya. Multiple 24-hr supermarkets, an abundance of dining options, and excellent access to downtown Tokyo are what appeal to apartment seekers the most. The laid-back residential vibe is great for families, and the wide selection of bars and restaurants at your doorstep is a bonus for singles.



Sangenjaya (sometimes referred to as Sancha) is one of the most popular residential neighborhoods in Setagaya Ward. While Jiyugaoka is known for its European-inspired cafe culture and sweets shops; and Futako-Tamagawa for its modern urban convenienes, Sancha has known for its convenient, laid back residential vibe and thriving local food scene.

The area has a reputation for being quite livable, with a selection of multiple 24 hour supermarkets and for being just two stops from Shibuya Station (one stop if you catch an express train). Sangenjaya is also known by locals as a foodie’s dream town, since there are a lot of independent, local restaurants that have cemented themselves into the community.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Sangenjaya

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥100,700/month ($920)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥152,700/month ($1,390)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥241,100/month ($2,190)

Apartments For Rent in Sangenjaya

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
Tokyu  Denentoshi
Tokyu  Setagaya


Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Denentoshi (Shibuya), transfer to Yamanote 17 min
Shibuya Denentoshi, direct 5 min
Otemachi (Tokyo) Denentoshi (Shibuya), train continues on Hanzomon 22 min
Shinagawa Denentoshi (Shibuya), transfer to Yamanote 23 min
Futako-Tamagawa Denentoshi, direct 13 min
Roppongi Denentoshi (Shibuya), train continues on Hanzomon (Aoyama-Itchome), transfer to Oedo 17 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Denentoshi (Shibuya), transfer to Toyoko 37 min

Orientation Around the Station

The ground level entrances/exits to Sangenjaya Station are located around a large, intimidating intersection. But once you have your bearings you’ll be able to navigate to where you’re heading without problems. The only thing to be aware of is that there is a bit of a walk between the Denentoshi Line platforms and the Setagaya Line platforms.

At the Denentoshi platform:

  • Right next to North Exit A is a Jonathan’s restaurant, and you’ll see the Chiyoda shoe shop across the street. Keep heading north from here to find a Seiyu supermarket and a MUJI home goods store.
  • North Exit B is just one block east of North Block A, and exits right in front of Aoba Hospital.
  • Across the street, South Exit A exits in front of a Komeda Coffee location.
  • South Exit B is just to the west of South Exit A, and nearby features include a Jolly Pasta restaurant and an Anytime Fitness just around the corner.
  • The Sancha Patio Exit is a short walk from the platforms, but will take you to staircases leading up to street level that are next to a large water feature on the wall. Walk up to street level to be close to the Sangenjaya Post Office and across the street from Carrot Tower. Or continue through to find exits that lead directly into Carrot Tower.
  • The Setagaya-Dori Exit is in between the North/South Exits and the Sancha Patio Exit. Exiting from here will put you in front of a Big Echo karaoke location.

At the Setagaya platform there’s only one entrance, but if you’re disembarking here you can choose to exit either to the east or west.

  • Exiting to the East (the direction of the entrance) will put you just to the north of Carrot Tower.
  • Exiting to the West (towards the railroad crossing) there isn’t any particular feature other than a Family Mart location across the street. It is primarily used by residents living to the west of the station.

Carrot Tower

Completed in 1996, this commercial building is home to quite a few offices on the upper floors. A variety of stores can be found on the lower floors. At the 26th floor of the building is an observatory that looks out over the surrounding Setagaya cityscape. A restaurant is also located on the top floor which offers visitors a chance to grab a bite to eat while enjoying overlooking the neighborhood.

The building doesn’t really resemble a carrot by any stretch of imagination, but an orange colored partition was put up during construction. Schoolchildren participated in a naming competition and the winning name that was chosen reflects this orange color that was prominently displayed during the construction of Carrot Tower.

Residential Vibe Close to Shibuya

Sangenjaya is a unique residential neighborhood where you can find shopping malls, trendy restaurants, and even postwar-era izakaya (Japanese style bar) all close to homes and apartments. The mix of different styles that can be found in Sangenjaya makes it a little difficult to classify as completely residential or completely commercial. The result is a unique, vibrant neighborhood that offers great livability for those who want to be less than 10 min away from Shibuya.

Local Foodie’s Dream

With its numerous cafes, restaurants, and bars, Sangenjaya has earned a reputation as a foodie destination for those who enjoy trying a variety of local eateries. If you want a taste of traditional Japanese cuisine, it’s hard to go wrong with sushi at Uoshin. Coffee geeks can get their java fix at Cafe Obscura which also offers barista training and coffee workshops for dedicated coffee enthusiasts.


The number of 24-hour supermarkets, trendy eateries, and the proximity to Shibuya make it easy to see why Sangenjaya is such a popular residential neighborhood in Tokyo. For both families and single apartment seekers, this area continues to rank extremely high among Tokyo neighborhoods that people want to live in.

Residents comment that with the large number of bars close to the residential area, there are quite a few people who stop by for a quick drink before heading home and it’s easy to start conversations with fellow residents this way.

Temple University Japan

Sangenjaya is also the closest station the Tokyo campus of Temple University. Temple is the oldest and largest foreign university in Japan, with an estimated 1,300 matriculated students, the majority of whom come from foreign countries. It offers undergraduate degrees and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in education, an executive MBA program, and an LLM in Law. Among foreign residents of Tokyo, Temple is also well-known for its many continuing education classes in languages, business and management, and IT, among other subjects.

Useful Info at a Glance


Nearby Supermarkets Hours Address
SEIYU Sangenjaya 24 hrs 4 Chome-24-8 Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0004
AEON Food Style by Daiei 24 hrs 1 Chome-14-16 Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0004
Niku no Hanamasa (Sangenjaya) 24 hrs 2 Chome-14-6 Sangenjaya, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0024
Maruetsu 24 hrs 2 Chome-26-20 Kamiuma, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0011
Sangenjaya Tokyu 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM 4 Chome-1-1 Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0004

*This is just a selection of supermarkets in the area.


Nearby Gyms Hours Address
Anytime Fitness Sangenjaya 24 hrs 〒154-0024 Tokyo, Setagaya City, Sangenjaya, 1 Chome−36−10 シンシアビル1-3F
TIPNESS Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri.: 9:30 AM – 11:30 PM

Thu.: Closed

Sat.: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM

Sun.: 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM

2 Chome-15-4 Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0004
Sports Club Renaissance Sangenjaya Tue. – Fri.: 10:00 AM -11:30 PM

Mon.: Closed

Sat.: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sun.: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

2 Chome-2-16 Sangenjaya, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0024

*These are just examples of gyms available in the area.


Nearby Universities Information
Showa Women’s University Showa Women’s University Home Page
 Temple University – Japan Campus Temple University – Japan Campus Home Page
Kokushikan University Kokushikan University Home Page

Ward Office, Police, Library

Nearby Community Center/City Hall/Police Station Hours Address
Setagaya City Hall Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

4 Chome-21-27 Setagaya, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-8504
Setagaya Police Station Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 AM – 5:15 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

2 Chome-4-4 Sangenjaya, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0024


*These are examples of clinics in the area.


Family-Friendly Features

Nearby Family Friendly Features Address
Wakabayashi Children Hall 5 Chome-18-13 Wakabayashi, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0023
Nozawa Children Hall 1 Chome-8-14 Nozawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0003

Sangenjaya Apartments

Apartments for rent near Sangenjaya Station:

Sangenjaya is one of Tokyo’s well-known neighborhoods thanks to a combination of ease-of-access, convenient stores, and variety of restaurants. If any of these are a priority in your apartment search, this neighborhood could be a great match for you. Use our site to tailor your search to your needs, for example: you can find 1LDK apartments near Sangenjaya Station built within 10 years starting at approximately ¥130,000 per month! Smaller 1R studio apartments can be found for as low as approximately ¥60,000 per month!

Apartments For Rent in Sangenjaya

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