Top 10: Most Popular Neighborhoods to Live in Tokyo

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  • Tokyo is a bustling metropolis that over 13 million call home (38 million if you count the Greater Tokyo Area). With so many people coming and going, one can only assume how competitive the real estate industry must be. The question then is, where do people aspire to live in Tokyo? As all wants go, not everyone wants to live in a certain neighborhood for the same reasons, which is why the many surveys that rank Tokyo’s most popular neighborhoods can end up being absolutely fascinating, and at times even perplexing from a foreigner’s perspective. According to surveys by Chintaibest, here are Tokyo’s most popular neighborhoods in 2019:

    10. Hongo


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    Hongo is a quiet and intellectual neighborhood. Located close to the University of Tokyo as well as universities in Ochanomizu, Hongo remains a quiet academic area where many students live. Hongo is also close to many places, including Akihabara, Tokyo Dome, and Ueno, so residents can easily access the more famous areas of Tokyo through Ochanomizu station.
    Hongo also has a lot of natural beauty thanks to its proximity to locations such as Ueno Park. However, since this neighborhood doesn’t have many destinations for entertainment, it can be a bit boring for young people.

    9. Yoyogi-Uehara


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    Talk about skyrocketing in popularity! Just a few years ago, Yoyogi-Uehara didn’t even rank in the top 20. Yoyogi-Uehara has become an incredibly popular place to live because of its atmosphere. The greenery of the enormous Yoyogi Park is just around the corner; and being located just west of the famous park, Yoyogi enjoys peace and tranquility despite being so close to both Sinjuku and Shibuya.
    There’s also an urban legend that this neighborhood’s a frequent destination for celebrities. Rent in Yoyogi-Uehara varies a lot, being quite expensive at times, yet affordable closer to stores and the station.

    8. Aoyama


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    Aoyama is the epitome of social status, making it the dream neighborhood for those with great aspirations. A common stereotype of the region is that many celebrities, models, and foreign expats and diplomats live here. Aoyama is in central Tokyo, and from there you can easily access places like Omotesando, Hiroo, Daikanyama, Shibuya, and Roppongi.
    Aoyama does not have any large markets due to its location within Tokyo, but it has many elegant boutiques and restaurants. The downside to Aoyama is the price, of course. That’s why for many people living here can only be a dream.

    7. Ikebukuro


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    Popular among younger residents and families those in their 20s, Ikebukuro is regarded as an active place to live because of the vast number of restaurants and shops. After all, Ikebukuro Station is the second busiest station in the world (behind Shinjuku Station), and it has the enormous Seibu and Tobu department stores. Despite the noise that one could expect around the station, the backstreets tend to be very quiet, an attribute that makes people want to live here.
    However, Ikebukuro is also seen as a dangerous neighborhood, which also ranks it as a place in which many people would not like to live.

    6. Asagaya


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    The interesting thing about Asagaya, is that both families and people living by themselves think of it as an ideal place to live. Asagaya has a big shopping area with about 240 shops, making it similar to Kichijoji and Shimokitazawa minus the crazy rent prices.
    Asagaya is also in a very convenient location. The Chuo Rapid takes you to Shinjuku Station in less than ten minutes, and if you walk eight minutes to Minami-Asagaya Station, you’ll be able to to take the Marunouchi Line.

    5. Shimokitazawa


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    Shimokitazawa is a very trendy area young people like to frequent. For that reason, people who want to live here are usually in their 20s. Living alone in Shimokitazawa can be very enjoyable due to the many theaters, shops, and restaurants. Shimokitazawa is also served by both the Keio and Odakyu Line, connecting it with Shinjuku and the rest of Tokyo.
    Shimokitazawa is also famous for its many secondhand stores and independent boutiques that allow residents and visitors to buy some true gems they wouldn’t be able to find otherwise.

    4. Toyosu


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    Located in the middle of Tokyo Bay, Toyosu is a popular place due to its ocean views, shopping malls, and large condominiums that make life in this neighborhood so very easy. Additionally, women who want to have a family consider Toyosu the place to be.
    Due to Toyosu’s status as a reclaimed island, people still harbor reservations about how safe it is to live there. This is due to it being a former landfill, and because of worries of what could happen to the area in case of an earthquake an tsunami.

    3. Musashi-Koyama


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    Particularly popular among women in their 20s and 30s, Musashi-Koyama is conveniently located just two stops from Meguro Station. This place also contains the longest arcade shopping street in all Tokyo! Here you will be able to find over 250 shops that sell everything, from books to fresh produce.
    To make things even better, Rishi No Mori Park is just a 10-minute walk from the station. This place is full of trees and trails you can use when going jogging or taking your dog for a walk. The fact that you can exercise in such a beautiful park without having to travel long distances is a huge plus.

    2. Akabane


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    Akabane is a bit more polarizing, being both a very popular place to live and an undesirable one. It all depends on the demographics and people’s priorities. Akabane is popular among in their 30s and 40s. People who want to live here for its convenience since it’s quite close to both Tokyo and Saitama. Additionally, the area has many shops, bars, and restaurants.
    The reason Akabane also ranks as an undesirable location is because of parents who feel that the many bars around the station could create problem for their children. Therefore, Akabane should be perfect if you have no kids.

    1. Nakameguro


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    This year’s winner was no other than Nakameguro, a neighborhood we have covered a lot recently here at JapanInfo thanks to the opening of the biggest Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the world.
    Nakameguro is a very popular place because of several factors, including its many restaurants and Meguro River, which becomes one of the most coveted cherry blossom-viewing spots in spring. As you can imagine, Nakameguro can get quite crowded during the weekends due to its huge popularity. However, at night it becomes a tranquil neighborhood where people can sleep in peace. This is why Nakameguro is an ideal place to live for men and women in their 20s and 30s.
    Additionally, Nakameguro is quite accessible, being only 5 minutes away from Shibuya Station. One can take the Hibiya Line and the Tokyu Toyoko Line to get there.

    Did this list turn out like you expected? Which of these places have you visited in Tokyo? If you were to consider moving to live in Tokyo, would you try to take up residence in these places? Lists like these often make residents think a lot about what goes into living someplace.