Tamachi Area Guide

Tamachi is mainly a business district that is located in Minato Ward. Although it might not have the same name recognition as its Minato Ward peers like Shirokane, it provides residents with a very livable blend of chic-urban living and residential conveniences. With redevelopment project ongoing nearby (the new Yamanote Line station is one stop south of Tamachi), the area is expected to continue to increase in livability.

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Location

Tamachi is a commercial district in Minato Ward. Quite a few large corporations have headquarters in the area, including Mitsubishi Motors, Bandai Namco (video games and toys), and Morinaga (the confectionary company responsible for creating the Japanese custom of women giving chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day). This area has been the focus of recent major redevelopment projects, as Takanawa Gateway Station (the newest addition to the Yamanote Line) is set to be opened in March 2020.

Despite the presence of large businesses and the masses of salarymen that come with the territory, there is a good amount of grocery stores in this clean, urban neighborhood. Minato Ward definitely has a reputation as an upscale, high-class area to live in within Tokyo, and Tamachi is no exception.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Tamachi

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥127,400/month ($1,160)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥251,000/month ($2,280)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥303,500/month ($2,760)

Apartments For Rent in Tamachi

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
JR  Yamanote
JR  Keihin-Tohoku
Toei*  Asakusa
Toei*  Mita

*Access to the Toei Asakusa subway line and Toei Mita subway line is through Mita Station, about a 200 m walk north of Tamachi Station.

Accessibility

Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Yamanote, direct 24 min
Shibuya Yamanote, direct 16 min
Tokyo Yamanote, direct 10 min
Shinagawa Yamanote, direct 3 min
Roppongi Mita (Daimon), transfer to Oedo 15 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Shonan-Shinjuku, direct 32 min

Livability

Minato Ward has a reputation as being a very livable area of Tokyo, especially in neighborhoods like Shirokane and Azabu-Juban. The central location at the epicenter of Tokyo business gives even the residential neighborhoods a chic urban feel. Whereas Shirokane and Azabu-Juban are quite well known thanks to their stylish balance of cafes, restaurants, and luxury apartments, Tamachi has more of a business-focused environment. Rush hour will bring about a crowd of salarymen, as Tamachi is within the top 20 busiest JR East stations. The access to 4 train/subway lines gives residents a lot of options for navigating the city.

With that said, it’s almost a well-kept secret that there are a lot of conveniences in the area that make Tamachi on par with its Minato Ward peers as a livable neighborhood. You’ll find a variety of grocery stores, such as wholesale markets like Niku no Hanamasa and large grocery stores with a selection of ready-to-eat meals like LIFE. Another mainstay in the Tamachi neighborhood is the msb Tamachi shopping complex.


Tamachi Apartments

Apartments for rent near Tamachi Station:

Tamachi Station offers great transportation options, variety of shopping, and a clean urban environment. Average rent in the area tends to be a little higher than other parts of Tokyo because of this central location. 1LDK apartments in the area start at ¥150,000 per month. And 1LDK apartments in the newest buildings in the area can be found from around ¥200,000 per month.

Apartments For Rent in Tamachi

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Dive Deeper

Shirokane is another livable neighborhood in Minato Ward with an upscale vibe. The charming cafes and stylish vibe of the neighborhood has given rise to a new word in Japanese to describe the lavish lifestyles of some of the residents in the area: Shiroganese. Photo: Platinum Street via m2holiday.sblo.jp

  • 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. Read the in-depth guide to Shirokane here!

Lead photo: Mark Mrwizard via Flickr