Where Do the Wealthy Live in Japan? Check Out These 6 Glamorous Suburbs in Tokyo

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  • Tokyo is famous for being an expensive city, so just imagine living in the dandiest part of it. Many tourists in Japan are familiar with the busy areas of Shibuya and Shinjuku, but these are just a few among the hundreds of neighborhoods in Tokyo. Here is a list of six expensive and beautiful suburbs where the wealthy stay and roam.

    1. Denenchofu

    If you are looking for a neighborhood that can match an upscale European-style suburb with beautiful gardens and posh streets, Denenchofu is the place to be as it was planned to be exactly like London. The neighborhood is not only residential but is also home to some of Japan’s insanely large corporations. If you walk the streets of Denenchofu, you can find houses of business moguls, sports professionals, movie stars, and other great personalities.

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    2. Omotesando

    Omotesando needs no particular introduction as it is home to Japan’s coolest buildings, luxury brands such as Ralph Lauren, modeling agencies, and many more. You can find a lot of hipsters and fashionistas in this neighborhood. It is near Shibuya and Gaienmae which are also famous shopping areas. The number of locals and foreigners wanting to live in this neighborhood has been rising significantly day by day.

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    3. Azabu

    Azabu is a really expensive suburb where it costs a fortune to own a modern apartment or land. You can find famous celebrities, diplomats, and other personalities living in this calm neighborhood filled with residential complexes, shopping centers, clubs, halls, and so on. Some of the most celebrated artists from different backgrounds can be seen living in Azabu.

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    4. Gaienmae and Aoyama-itchome

    Gaienmae and Aoyama-itchome are located near to each other and to Omotesando. Both are upscale neighborhoods with impressive streets like Icho Namiki Avenue which is also known as the “Golden Street” because of the golden yellow ginkgo trees that line it.

    The houses in these areas are so expensive that it is super hard to find them listed or marketed for sale. Home to some of the wealthiest people in Japan such as the Honda family and some of the biggest international companies such as Oracle Japan, these neighborhoods stand as an epitome of Tokyo’s development. They do not only have luxury boutiques, restaurants, and modern houses, but also impressive green parks and futuristic business holdings.

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    5. Futako-tamagawa

    Futako-tamagawa can be called as one of the oldest Japanese suburbs where the rich started to relocate from different parts of Tokyo and its neighboring cities. It is home to one of Japan’s earliest malls, namely Takashimaya, a well-known Japanese retail store built in the late ’60s which mainly sells wedding-related goods such as dresses, jewelry, decor, sweets, etc.

    Ever since the world started developing at a faster pace in the 1990s, the property prices in this suburb went through the roof with many elitists constructing larger houses with a lot of space. You can find really big mansions with plenty of open space here, unlike other neighborhoods where finding a big house is extremely rare due to lack of space.

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    6. Toranomon

    Everyone knows where the Imperial Palace is located in Tokyo as the area is known for attracting many people, tourists and non-tourists alike, for several purposes. Toranomon is at the south end of the palace where the “Tiger Gate” is. It is near the Shimbashi area and has some of Tokyo’s famous landmarks such as the luxurious 52-storey Toranomon Hills, Hotel Okura Tokyo, Atago Shrine, and others. Because of its proximity to the seat of royalty, getting a place here has always been super expensive.

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    These are just six residential areas in Tokyo that need to be noted because of their popularity among the wealthy. However, there are several others too such as Hiroo, Daikanyama, Meguro, Shimokitazawa, Ebisu, and Asakusa that are known for their lavish aura.

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