Uguisudani Area Guide

Uguisudani is a residential neighborhood in Taito Ward. It tends to live in the shadow of its much larger Yamanote Line peers, Ueno and Nippori. It's one of the smaller stops on the Yamanote Line and has a reputation of having an old-school city worn-in vibe. There are pockets of adult-oriented establishments in the area, but if you keep an eye out you can avoid these sections of the neighborhood.

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Location

Uguisudani Station is located in the northern area of Taito Ward. The surrounding Negishi neighborhood is a fairly textbook example of a shitamachi (lit. “lower city,” term originating from the Edo period which was used to differentiate the affluent yamanote regions of Tokyo from the working-class shitamachi areas). Although lacking in the excitement and glamor found in downtown areas (Roppongi, Shinjuku, and Shibuya for example), this neighborhood offers residents a quieter, old-school Tokyo experience.

Uguisudani is one of Tokyo’s premier love hotel destinations, and this is most likely the first thing to come to mind when mentioning the neighborhood to Tokyoites. In reality, yes there is a concentration of adult-oriented businesses in areas of this neighborhood. While it is possible to avoid walking past these establishments, those who are concerned with the presence of love hotels near their residence might want to check other areas of Tokyo.

Key Stats

Average Rent in Uguisudani

Apartment Type Average Rent ($1 = ¥110)
1R 1K ¥99,900/month ($910)
1LDK 2K 2DK ¥142,200/month ($1,290)
2LDK 3K 3DK ¥192,500/month ($1,750)

Apartments For Rent in Uguisudani

Train Lines

JR/Subway/Other Line
JR  Yamanote
JR  Keihin-Tohoku

Accessibility

Transportation to…  Line Time
Shinjuku Yamanote, direct 24 min
Shibuya Yamanote, direct 30 min
Tokyo Yamanote, direct 10 min
Shinagawa Yamanote, direct 23 min
Roppongi Yamanote (Yurakucho), transfer to Hibiya (5 min. walk to Hibiya Station) 26 min
Yokohama, Kanagawa Yamanote (Tokyo), transfer to Tokaido 42 min

Livability

Uguisudani is just one stop away from the major entertainment district of Ueno, but the difference between these areas is like night and day. Since rent around Uguisudani Station tends to be a fair amount cheaper than that of Ueno apartments, apartment hunters looking for the most affordable apartments might enjoy taking advantage of the lower rent while still being close to a major transportation hub.

Residents of Negishi (the neighborhood in which Uguisudani Station resides) will have to live with the lack of shopping options in the area though. This includes a lack of supermarkets, which are surprisingly few and far between. Conversely, there is a wide variety of restaurants, so depending on your personal habits this might be a livable neighborhood.

As a side note, Uguisudani is the home of Tokyo Kinema Club, a ex-cabaret-club turned live music venue. This unique venue retains the postwar look and feel, it kind of represents the Uguisudani area in a nutshell. Most all of the entertainment at this venue will be in Japanese, so don’t expect any international headliners to show up soon.


Uguisudani Apartments

Apartments for rent near Uguisudani Station:

With access to the Yamanote Line and Keihin-Tohoku Line, Uguisudani is a relatively convenient stop; especially for those working around the north or east of Tokyo’s 23 wards. For those looking for an apartment on the Yamanote Line, you can find 1LDK apartments starting at around ¥124,000 per month!

Apartments For Rent in Uguisudani

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Dive Deeper

The Sumida River forms a natural border for Arakawa Ward. The streets following the river are great for residents to enjoy a walk or bicycle ride. Photo: iStockphoto stock photography

  • Arakawa Ward is where you’ll find many neighborhoods that still maintain the traditional city feel of Tokyo from the postwar era, providing residents with a calmer side of Tokyo that seems to move a bit slower than the busy downtown districts. Read the in-depth guide to Arakawa Ward here!

Lead Photo: 鈴木 宏一 via Flickr