- Key Stats
- Orientation Around the Station
- Useful Info at a Glance
- Shimokitazawa Apartments
Shimokitazawa is a lively, trendy neighborhood just west of Shibuya that is well-known for its hipster vibe which tends to attract many young adults. Whereas other famous neighborhoods like Daikanyama and Omotesando have gained a reputation for providing an environment where one can enjoy the latest in luxury fashion, Shimokitazawa is a niche area of Tokyo where you will find a community of vintage clothes connoisseurs. Along this trend of disregarding mainstream consumerism, there are quite a few art communes and independent music venues in the area (referred to as live houses in Japanese English). This creates a very creative and artistic slice of Tokyo. And since it’s located on two train lines (Odakyu and Keio Inokashira), it’s possible to get around the city easily as well.
Average Rent in Shimokitazawa
|Apartment Type||Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)|
|1R 1K||¥86,000/month ($780)|
|1LDK 2K 2DK||¥149,600/month ($1,360)|
|2LDK 3K 3DK||¥219,600/month ($2,000)|
|Shinjuku||Odakyu Odawara, direct||8 min|
|Shibuya||Keio Inokashira, direct||4 min|
|Tokyo||Odakyu Odawara (Shinjuku), transfer to Chuo-Sobu (Rapid)||29 min|
|Shinagawa||Keio Inokashira (Shibuya), transfer to Yamanote||24 min|
|Kichijoji||Keio Inokashira, direct||16 min|
|Yokohama, Kanagawa||Keio Inokashira (Shibuya), transfer to Tokyu Toyoko||47 min|
Orientation around the station
Since the station received an overhaul in March 2019 (with commercial facilities in Shimokita Eki Way opening November 2019), it’s quite easy to navigate.
Shimokitazawa Odakyu Station
- The Central Exit (中央) is just around the corner form the larger East Exit. This exit will point you straight towards the MUJI store in Shimokitazawa.
- The East Exit (東口) exits to a large open paved area and moving straight forward from the exit will take you to the Shimokita Front building.
- The Southwest Exit (南西口) is located on the opposite side of the station from the East Exit. The entrance is slightly smaller than the East Exit, but it’s right below Shimokita Eki Way.
Shimokitazawa Keio Inokashira Station
- The Central Exit (中央) meets up next to the East Exit of the Odakyu Station.
- The West Exit (西口) meets up next to the Southwest Exit of the Odakyu Station.
This cozy neighborhood is very close to downtown Shibuya, yet has a distinct atmosphere that sets it apart from other Shibuya neighborhoods. Whereas Shibuya is at the forefront of the latest fashion (particularly luxury fashion around Daikanyama and Omotesando), Shimokitazawa has built a reputation as Tokyo’s destination for vintage clothes. This has given Shimokitazawa a reputation as a hangout area for young adults who are more in tune with Tokyo subculture (some might even go as far as saying it attracts rebellious youngsters).
The streets around the station are quite narrow, giving the station a lively, albeit crowded feeling. But a quick walk away from the station will bring you to residential streets that are quiet and low-traffic. That being said, those with small children might want to take note of the few parks in the area. Although from Shimokitazawa Station it is possible to get to Inokashira Park and Yoyogi Park quite easily; so if you don’t mind a short train ride, you’ll be able to get to open parks for family walks and picnics.
With this in mind, this neighborhood tends to attract single apartment hunters or couples without children. And particularly those who are in-tune with the artistic nature of the neighborhood. Not that you can’t find family-friendly homes in Shimokitazawa, but that generally speaking, those looking for child friendly neighborhoods will probably want to search around Setagaya Ward for a little more space for kids.
Charming vintage pocket of Tokyo
A quick walk through Shimokitazawa and you’ll understand why it earns its reputation as a unique neighborhood in Tokyo. It stands out from the bright lights and modern stylings of other popular Shibuya neighborhoods. There are countless secondhand clothing stores, and groups of young adults browsing these shops waiting for their favorite local bands to play at the small, independent live music venues in the area.
The recently revamped station adds a very clean and up-to-date look that some might consider an affront to what used to be a hub for those trying to escape the creeping modernization of Tokyo. Time will tell how this merging of styles will change the landscape of Shimokitazawa.
With all that said, there is definitely a type of person that is attracted to the gritty charm of Shimokitazawa. If you’re all about the laid-back, artistic, and counter-culture then this might be a neighborhood worth looking into. Otherwise, there’s absolutely no shame in wanting to live in a more standard residential area.
Those who live in the area will be able to find a variety of groceries thanks to the Ozeki and Peacock grocery stores located adjacent to the station. Thanks to the fashion-forward, trendy vibe of the neighborhood you’ll also find a large selection of cute cafes and restaurants nearby. Places like Magic Spice Shimokitazawa, FRANKIE Melbourne Espresso, and Toyonchi no Tamago are examples of the different kinds of dining options you can find in the area.
Shimokitazawa also has a bit of reputation for its quaint, stylish cafes like okidokei and Cafe Stay Happy. With so many different cafes and restaurants, you’re sure to find a place that you like where you can become a regular!
Useful Info at a Glance
|Peacock Store Shimokitazawa||10:00 AM – 11:00 PM||2 Chome-25-21 Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0031|
|Ozeki Shimokitazawa||10:00 AM – 9:45 PM||2 Chome-9-5 Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0031|
|foodium Shimokitazawa||Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.: 24 hrs
Wed.: 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM
|2 Chome-20-17 Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0031|
|Miyataya||Mon. – Sat.: 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Sun.: 3:00 PM – 12:00 AM
|6 Chome-5-25 Daita, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0033|
|Natural House Shimokitazawa||10:00 AM – 9:00 PM||2 Chome-26-3 Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0031|
*This is just a selection of supermarkets in the area.
|TIPNESS||Mon. – Thu.: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sat. – Sun.: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
|2 Chome-5-2 Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0031|
|Anytime Fitness||24 hrs||〒155-0031 Tokyo, Setagaya City, Kitazawa, 1 Chome−40−6 柏サードビル|
|CENTRAL FITNESS CLUB Shimokitazawa||Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri.: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sat.: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sun.: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
|1 Chome-46-5 Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0031|
*These are just examples of gyms available in the area.
|The University of Tokyo Komaba Campus||The University of Tokyo Komaba Campus Home Page|
Ward Office, Police, Library
|Nearby Community Center/City Hall/Police Station||Hours||Address|
|Setagaya-city Kitazawa Branch Office||Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat. – Sun.: Closed
|2 Chome-8-18 Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0031|
|Kitazawa Police Station||Mon. – Fri.: 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM
Sat. – Sun.: Closed
|6 Chome-4-14 Matsubara, Setagaya City, Tokyo 156-0043|
|Setagaya City Daita Library||Mon.: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tue. – Sun.: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
|6 Chome-34-13 Daita, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0033|
|Shimokita Clinics||〒155-0031 Tokyo, Setagaya City, Kitazawa, 2 Chome−17−2 ＡＺＵＲＥ１Ｆ|
|Toho University Ohashi Medical Center||2 Chome-22-36 Ohashi, 目黒区 Tokyo 153-8515|
*These are examples of hospitals/clinics in the area.
|Hanegi Park||4 Chome-38-52 Daita, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0033|
|Kitazawa Park||3 Chome-4-6 Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0031|
|Komabano Park||2 Chome-19-70 Komaba, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0041|
|Nearby Family Friendly Features||Address|
|HANEGI AFTERSCHOOL||5 Chome-4-9 Daizawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0032|
|Daita Children’s Clubhouse||6 Chome-34-13 Daita, Setagaya City, Tokyo 155-0033|
Apartments for rent near Shimokitazawa Station:
- Shimokitazawa Station apartments
- Ikenoue Station apartments
- Sasazuka Station apartments
- Higashi-Kitazawa Station apartments
- Shindaita Station apartments
- Setagaya-Daita Station apartments
- Yoyogi-Uehara Station apartments
Shimokitazawa definitely has a polarizing quality. If you’re not drawn to the artistic expression that is seen throughout the landscape of the neighborhood, Shimokitazawa might not be the best place for you to call home (unless it’s a convenient location for your commute). Those seeking the most affordable apartments in the area can find 1R studio apartments for approximately ¥60,000 per month.
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Lead photo: Gino Mempin via Flickr