Tokyo Area Guides

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Where should you live in Tokyo? Read our guides to Tokyo residential neighborhoods and find the right one for you!

Central Tokyo

Popular Central Neighborhoods

Aoyama Area Guide

Akasaka Area Guide

Azabu Juban Area Guide

Daikanyama Area Guide

Denenchofu Area Guide

Ebisu Area Guide

Ebisu Housing Guide

Futako-Tamagawa Area Guide

Harajuku Area Guide

Hiroo Area Guide

Iidabashi Area Guide

Ikebukuro Area Guide

Jiyugaoka Area Guide (Mini-Guide)

Jiyugaoka Area Guide

Meguro Area Guide

Omotesando Area Guide

Roppongi Housing Guide

Roppongi Area Guide

Sangenjaya Area Guide

Shibuya Area Guide

Shimbashi Area Guide

Shinagawa Area Guide

Shirokane Area Guide

Takadanobaba Area Guide

Yoyogi Area Guide

Yotsuya Area Guide

Western Tokyo

Asagaya Area Guide

Nakano Area Guide

Koenji Area Guide

Ogikubo Area Guide

Nishi-Ogikubo Area Guide

Kichijouji Area Guide

Kichijouji Area Guide 2019

Mitaka Area Guide

Higashi-Koganei Area Guide

Kokubunji Area Guide

Kokubunji Guide for Students

Nishi-Kokubunji Area Guide

Kunitachi Area Guide

Tachikawa Area Guide

Hino Area Guide

Toyoda Area Guide

Hachioji Area Guide

Other Neighborhoods and Stations

Nishi Shinjuku Go-Chome

Student-Friendly Neighborhoods

Ookayama Area Guide (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Hongo Area Guide (University of Tokyo)

Kanda Area Guide (Meiji University, Senshu University, Kyoritsu Women’s University)

Kokubunji Area Guide for Students (Convenient for commuting to Tokyo Gakugei University, Chuo University Tama Campus, and Meiji University)

Kunitachi Area Guide (Hitotsubashi Univeristy)

Takadanobaba Area Guide (Many, including: Waseda University, Gakushuin Universty, and many Japanese language schools)


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