Shirokane Area Guide

The neighborhood of Shirokane is closely connected with wealth and luxury. The name is Japanese for platinum after all! This elegant, high-end residential area in Minato Ward is also well-known for the way natural greenery has been integrated into the city planning. This combination creates one of the most popular residential neighborhoods in Tokyo. Ongoing redevelopment near Shirokane Takanawa Station continues to increase the livability of the area.

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Highlights
-- Luxurious residential neighborhood in Minato Ward, with a high number of foreign residents.
-- Reputation for classy, fashionable restaurants and shops.
-- Shirokane is an area that balances developed urban cityscape with undeveloped green natural space.
-- Current redevelopment projects are on schedule to complete by 2025, further increasing the livability of the neighborhood.

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Location

Centrally located in southern Minato Ward, the affluent neighborhood of Shirokane is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in all of Tokyo. Surrounding neighborhoods like Meguro and Ebisu to the west, Minami-Azabu to the north, and Takanawa to the east are also all renowned for having an upper-class residential vibe. Shirokane itself is quite famous among Tokyoites for incorporating a large amount of undeveloped green space within the city.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Shirokane

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥121,600/month ($1,110)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥199,900/month ($1,820)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥284,000/month ($2,580)

Apartments For Rent in Shirokane

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
Toei  Mita
Tokyo Metro  Namboku

For the purposes of this article we are using Shirokane-Takanawa Station.

Accessibility

Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Namboku (Yotsuya), transfer to Marunouchi 22 min
Shibuya Namboku (Meguro), transfer to Yamanote 15 min
Tokyo Mita (Otemachi), transfer to Marunouchi 21 min
Shinagawa Namboku (Meguro), transfer to Yamanote 19 min
Roppongi Namboku (Azabu-juban), transfer to Oedo 10 min
Meguro Namboku/Mita, direct 4 min
Jimbocho Mita, direct 15 min

Orientation Around the Station

A shot of the platform at Shirokane-Takanawa Station. Photo: PekePON via Wikimedia Commons

There are four exits at Shirokane Takanawa Station.

  • Exit 4 is convenient for getting to Shirokane Aer City. Here you’ll find a variety of shops and restaurants. This is also the station closest to Shirokane Tower luxury apartments.
  • Exit 3 pops out to ground level just south of Exit 4.
  • Exit 2 is on the northeast corner of the station. It’ll bring you close to a few office buildings, making it primarily used by commuters and residents.
  • Exit 1 will take you to the Minato Ward Takanawa Community Centre.

And there are only two exits at Shirokanedai Station.

  • Exit 1 is situated at the west end of the station. It’s close to the Platinum Don Quijote and trendy shops along Meguro-dori and Platinum-dori. You’ll also want to use this exit if you’re heading toward the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum or Institute for Nature Study.
  • Exit 2 can be found on the east end of the station. Use this exit to get to the Minato City Local History Museum or Shirokanedai Post Office.

Exit 1 of Shirokanedai Station. Photo: Kansai-good via Wikimedia Commons

Livability

Looking down Platinum-dori (Route 418) in Shirokane. Photo: Aimaimyi via Wikimedia Commons

Even though there are many ritzy neighborhoods like Minami Azabu, Hiroo, and Roppongi, all within Minato Ward, the neighborhood of Shirokane stands out above the rest for its unique charm of incorporating green space with luxurious residential living in the city center. Wrap all of this up with designer boutiques and trendy cafes along Meguro-dori and Platinum-dori and you’ve got Shirokane in a nutshell.

Shirokane Aer City

Just a fraction of the sprawling complex of Shirokane Aer City. Photo: kcomiida via Wikimedia Commons

Shirokane Aer City is an urban renewal project that was completed in 2005. The area this business complex is located in is highly sought-after real estate in the heart of Minato Ward. There are various shops and boutiques, along with an upscale grocery store in the complex. A Queen’s Isetan department store is also in the vicinity, but as of November 2019 it is undergoing renovations and not open to the public.

Additional Redevelopment

There are plans to complete two new high-rise apartment buildings around Shirokane Aer City in the near future. These include a 40-story building (tentative completion in 2025) west of Shirokane Aer City and a 45-story building (tentative completion in 2022) to the northeast. These large apartment buildings will add over 2,000 apartment units to the Shirokane skyline.

Platinum Don Quijote

While Don Quijote stores can be found all around Tokyo, Shirokane is home to a uniquely designed version of this popular chain. If you’ve ever stepped foot inside a Don Quijote store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the seemingly never-ending rows of products. Don Quijote stores are (in)famous for having practically everything you could need at discount prices. However, the Platinum Don Quijote in Shirokane caters towards a different clientele: the upper-class residents of Shirokane. The store is less intimidating than others, and has more to offer in terms of foodstuffs and groceries compared to other Don Quijotes.

Shiroganese

The affluent neighborhood has spawned a stereotype dubbed “Shiroganese,” a homage to “Milanese.” Not referring to the chicken dish, this Milanese evokes images of trendy Milan: the cafes, luxury brands, and slightly carefree attitude. The word was coined in 1998 when a magazine used it to describe housewives in the Shirokane area who spend the day eating at fancy restaurants and spending money on name-brand goods.

Institute for Nature Study

It’s almost hard to believe that this can be found within Tokyo! Photo: Daderot via Wikimedia Commons

This is a large nature preserve in the middle of Tokyo. There are a huge variety of trees, shrubs, and grasses that create different scenes of nature depending on the season. It’s a great place to take a stroll for those who are looking for a relaxing respite from the concrete jungle of Tokyo. There is an admission fee for adults (¥320), but high-schoolers and younger can enter for free.

Eating

In line with the trendy, fashionable vibe that Shirokane commands, you’ll find many equally stylish restaurants in the area. Albero Nero is an authentic Italian restaurant that fits the neighborhood perfectly. Or try Sushi Imamura when you’re in the mood for high-class sushi. If you’re looking for a quick bite, it’s hard to beat the comforting taste of bagels at Maruichi Bagel. There’s a wide variety of restaurants and cafes in the area, and although there’s a tendency for dining options in the area to err on the side of pricy, there are budget eateries here and there in Shirokane as well.

Short History of Shirokane

The name Shirokane is written in Japanese as 白金, the combination of the characters of “white” and “gold.” The area ended up with this name thanks to a nickname. Back in the Oei period (1394 -1498) a wealthy government official resided in the area. The official’s nickname was Shirokane Choja (“man who possesses an abundance of white gold”; at the time this would most likely refer to silver), and thus the area became known as Shirokane.

Shirokane is known for the abundance of green that is intertwined with the residential city vibe, creating a harmony that’s very livable for most. Photo: MAKIKO OMOKAWA via Wikimedia Commons

Useful Info at a Glance

Supermarkets

Nearby Supermarkets Hours Address
Inageya Shirokanedai 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM 3 Chome-16-8 Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0071
Shirokane Aer City Mon. – Fri.: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Sat. – Sun.: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

1 Chome-17-1 Shirokane, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0072
Platinum Don Quijote Shirokanedai 24 hrs 3 Chome-15-5 Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0071
maruetsu petit 24 hrs 5 Chome-2-25 Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0071
Maruetsu Petit Shirokanedai 24 hrs 〒108-0071 Tokyo, Minato City, Shirokanedai, 4 Chome−7−8 KDXレジデンス 1F

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

Gyms

Nearby Gyms Hours Address
Megalos Shirokanedai Mon. – Thu.: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Fri.: Closed

Sat.: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sun.: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

〒108-0071 Tokyo, Minato City, Shirokanedai, 3 Chome−16−8 1F・2F Clair Shirokanedai
Spa Shirokane Mon.: Closed

Tue. – Sat.: 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Sun.: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM

1 Chome-1-18 Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0071
Anytime Fitness Minami-Azabu sanchome 24 hrs 〒106-0047 Tokyo, Minato City, 19, 南麻布3丁目19−23 オーク南麻布ビル 1F

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

Universities

Nearby Universities Information
Kitasato University https://www.kitasato-u.ac.jp/en/index.html
Meiji Gakuin University Shirokane Campus https://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/en/
Tokai University Takanawa campus https://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/english/

Ward Office, Police, Library

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

Wed.: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

1 Chome-5-25 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-8511
Takanawa Police Station Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 AM – 5:15 PM

Sat. – Sun.: Closed

3 Chome-15-20 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0074
Takanawa Library Mon. – Sat.: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sun.: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

1 Chome-16-25 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0074

Hospitals/Clinics

*These are examples of hospitals/clinics in the area.

Parks

Nearby Parks Address
Institute for Nature Study 5 Chome-21-5 Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0071
Takamatsu Kusunoki Park 1 Chome-5-44 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0074

Family-Friendly Features

Nearby Family Friendly Features Address
Shirokanedai Children Hall 4 Chome-8-5 Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0071
Takanawa Children Plaza 1 Chome-4-35 Takanawa, 港区 Minato City, Tokyo 108-0074

Shirokane Apartments

Apartments for rent near Shirokane:

Shirokane’s beautiful, clean streets in the middle of Tokyo attract many looking for a place to call home in Tokyo. Similar to nearby neighborhoods like Minami-Azabu and Hiroo, many foreign residents have taken up residence in this wealthy part of Tokyo. This is in part due to the excellent English speaking services offered in the area, and also due to the international schools close by.

Apartments For Rent in Shirokane

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