Tokyo Area Guides

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Tokyo area guides to residential neighborhoods popular with foreigners.

Central Tokyo

Popular Ex-Pat Neighborhoods

Azabu Juban Area Guide

Ebisu Area Guide

Harajuku Area Guide

Jiyugaoka Area Guide (Mini-Guide)

Meguro Area Guide

Roppongi Area Guide

Shibuya Area Guide

Student-Friendly Neighborhoods

Ookayama Area Guide (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Hongo Area Guide (University of Tokyo)

West Tokyo

Kichijoji Area Guide

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Harajuku Area Guide
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Sakai Area Guide – Osaka Living Guide
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Sakai’s proximity to Osaka but relatively inexpensive real estate makes it ideal for families looking for more space or for those looking for somewhere peaceful that’s not too far from the beaten track.

Shibuya Area Guide
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Shibuya is everything to everyone. Every little neighborhood around the station has its own vibe. It runs the gamut from low cost single-room micro-apartments to massive, luxurious seven-bedroom manors. Street food to Michelin-starred gourmet dining. Back alley smoking areas to young, fashionable vape cafes. Mass market department stores to one-of-a-kind designer boutiques. It’s every aspect of Tokyo life distilled into one location.

Azabu Juban Area Guide
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Home to numerous embassies, excellent public and international schools, quiet narrow streets, expat-dense, international influences vie with Edo-period appeal. Popular with expats and cosmopolitan Japanese alike, this family-friendly suburb boasts top-class amenities.