- -- 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.
- Key Stats
- Orientation Around the Station
- Short History
- Useful Info at a Glance
- Shirokane Apartments
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.
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)|
For the purposes of this article we are using Shirokane-Takanawa Station.
|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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Useful Info at a Glance
|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.
|Megalos Shirokanedai||Mon. – Thu.: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
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.
|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|
|IMSUT Hospital||4 Chome-6-1 Shirokanedai, Minato City, Tokyo 108-8639|
|Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital||2 Chome-34-10 Ebisu, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0013|
|Shiroganesanko Clinic||〒108-0072 Tokyo, Minato City, Shirokane, 1 Chome−25−31 レジデンス白金102 三光クリニック|
*These are examples of hospitals/clinics in the area.
|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|
|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|
Apartments for rent near Shirokane:
- Shirokanetakanawa Station apartments
- Shirokanedai Station apartments
- Hiroo Station apartments
- Azabujuban Station apartments
- Takanawadai Station apartments
- Meguro Station apartments
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.
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Lead photo: Platinum Street via m2holiday.sblo.jp