Useful info


Minato-ku has been known as a prestigious neighborhood in Tokyo. One of the features of this area is its international environment. There are many embassies and international schools/preschools. 21,748 foreign people live in Minato-ku which totals to 11.2% of the population in this area(as of December, 2007). There are various kinds of properties available here and many high-rise apartments can be found as well.

Popular Districts in Minato-ku

Hiroo,Azabu Area

(Hiroo Residential Area)

(National Azabu Supermarket)

Hiroo, Azabu: With presence of various international schools or kindergartens, it is well known as the most popular area for foreign residents in Tokyo.
Grocery shopping is convenient at National Azabu Supermarket, Meiji-ya, and Nissin World Delicatessen. Hiroo is geographically located in Shibuya-ku, however, people tend to regard Hiroo station area as a part of Minato-ku.

Roppongi Area

(Roppongi Hills)

(Tokyo Mid Town)

Roppongi used to be known as a night entertainment area, but after the completion of Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Mid Town, it has become an executive residential and major shoppoing area. Many foreign companiese are located in these new developments and various types of restaurants and bars are available as well.

Akasaka Area

(Akasaka Main Street)

(Akasaka Hikawacho Area)

This area located next to Roppongi motivates many foreign affiliate companies to set up their offices here. With Ginza, Chiyoda, and Nanboku subway lines available, there are many hotels and high-rise office/apartment buildings in this area, but also, a quiet residential area still exists in its surrounding.

Minami-Aoyama,Omotesando Area

(Omotesando Shopping Street)

This area has an elegant atmosphere like the Champs-Elysees in Paris . One of the most popular shopping street called "Omotesando", containing many major brand shops/boutiques, open cafe, and fine restaurants is located here. A new shopping mall called "Omotesando Hills" was completed in 2006, and this new development attracts people even more to come and enjoy this enchanting neighborhoods. On the other side of route 246 from Omotesando shopping street is the residential area of Minami-Aoyama.


Shibuya-ku is another popular area among expatriates in Tokyo. Some parts in this area are known as trendsetting places, and many youngsters visit here from all over the world. Even though Shibuya-ku has this active characteristic, a large part of it is filled with greenery residential areas and is ideal for families looking for tranquil living.

Popular Districts in Shibuya-ku

Shoto Area

(Nabeshima Shoto Park)

(Shoto Area)

Known as one of the most executive residential areas in Tokyo. Although it is very close to Shibuya station, which is the second busiest station in Japan, very strict construction regulations keep this area as a very quiet residential area. Greenery of Nabeshima Shoto Park, Shoto Museum of Art, Toguri Museum of Art and Bunkamura add artistic and elegant atomosphere to this area as well.

Harajuku Area

(Takeshita Street)

(Yoyogi park)

Known as the center of fashion for youngsters. On weekends, they wear eccentric fashion and enjoy their weekends around a shopping street called "Takeshita Street", where many small enchanting shops also lie on back streets. Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park, which has a size of 540,529m2 being the 4th largest park in 23 wards of Tokyo, is also located in this area.

Ebisu Area

(Ebisu Garden Place)

(Ebisu Garden Place)

Ebisu has two features, both commercial and residential. In Ebisu Garden Place, there are many high-end boutiques, shops, and restaurants. However, you will also find various reasonable restaurants and bars around the station.
Daikanyama, a fashionable shopping district, and Hiroo are in walking distance from this area as well. The area between Ebisu station and Hiroo station is one of the high-end residential areas where many expatriates live.

Yoyogi Area

(Yoyogi-Uehara Residential Area)

A quiet residential area with Yoyogi Park nearby.
Many expatriate families prefer to live in this area because of the presence of international school bus stops, for ASIJ, St. Mary's or Seisen International School. Some international kindergartens are available here as well. Rent is relatively cheaper than ones in central Tokyo, so you can expect relatively larger space compared with Shoto, Hiroo, Azabu, or Omotesando.


Meguro-ku has established its position as a quiet residential area.
Most of the rental properties are low-rise apartments or houses, and high-rise buildings are rarely found. This area is child friendly, and many parks can be found in each districts.
Most part of Meguro-ku is a quiet residential area. However, you can find
some nice shopping areas with boutiques, cafe, and restaurants, in Jiyugaoka and Nakameguro distiricts.

Popular Districts in Meguro-ku

Meguro Area

(Megro Gonnosuke zaka)

(Along Meguro River)

This area has been one of the most popular areas due to a good access to other areas in Tokyo(Yamanote−line, Mita-line, Nanboku-line are available). Many IT companies have been established around there recently, and foreigners who are working for the companies are living in this area as well.

Aobadai, Nakameguro Area

(Nakameguro Residential Area)

(Nakameguro Shopping Street)

Two shopping areas are available in this area, Daikanyama and Nakameguro. Daikanyama is known as a high-end shopping district with elegant boutiques, fashionable restaurants and so on.
Around Nakameguro station, there is a local shopping street with variety of local shops, restaurants, bars, and pubs. Prices in Nakameguro are quite reasonable, and people can easily enjoy shopping or eating out.

Jiyugaoka Area

(Around Jiyugaoka Station)

The shopping area around Jiyugaoka Station is worth visiting.
There are many high-quality boutiques as well as a reasonable shopping mall. Several minutes walk will take you to a quiet residential area with low-rise apartments, and rental houses. International school bus stops for Seisen, St. Mary's, and German School, are also available, making this area quite recommendable for families with children.

Toritsu-daigaku,Gakugei-daigaku Area

(Gakugei Daigaku Shopping Street)

(Toritsu Daigaku Station)

'Daigaku' means university or college in Japanese. This area has more of a academic character than commercial. There are many residences available for reasonable prices, and international school bus stops are nearby. Because there are many students, reasonable shops and restaurants can be easily found.


Mainly regarded as an residential area, there are not many offices or commercial buildings here. From some districts in this area, Seisen or St.Mary's International schools are in walking distance. Prices of rental properties are much less, except in Den-en-chofu, making it recommendable for people who want more space.

Popular Districts in Setagaya-ku,Ota-ku

Yoga,Sakura-Shinmachi Area

(Yoga Residential Area)

(Komazawa Olympic Park)

Seisen International School is in walking distance. Here, many houses or compounds, low-rise apartments for expatriate families are available. Bus stops for St. Mary's and German School are also available. Komazawa Olympic Park(it has a size of 41ha!!) which was built for Tokyo Olympic in 1964 is located relatively close from this area.

Seta Area

(Seta Residential Area)

(Tamagawa River)

This is a quiet Residential area in the vicinity of St. Mary's International School. Shopping for international items is convenient at National Den-en Supermarket. Tamagawa river is close from this area, and people often enjoy jogging along the river.

Denenchofu Area

(Denenchofu Residential Area)

Denenchofu is a yearning town for Japanese, and many Japanese executives, actors, actresses, and sports players live in this area. Because the closest bus stop to German School is at the Denenchofu station, German families tend to choose to live in this area. It is a very popular area for expatriates, however, because of the shortage of rental properties, the price for rental properties are quite expensive compared to other areas in Setagaya-ku and Ota-ku.


Chiyoda-ku is mainly regarded as the center of politics and business. Here lies the imperial palace, several government offices, and the Otemachi, Uchisaiwai-cho, and Marunouchi business districts. There is, however, the exceptions for Bancho, Kojimachi and some other districts which are known as executive residential districts.

(Otemachi Business District)

Popular Districts in Chiyoda-ku

Bancho,Kojimachi Area

(Imperial Palace)

(Bancho Area)

Since hundreds of years ago, living close to the Imperial Palace ( Edo Castle) has been the highest honor for Japanese citizens. The closer you live to the Palace, the quicker you will be able to help the Emperor or the Tycoon in case of war. Naturally, the people living in this area were the reliable high-classed people. This historical background made turned this area to become one of the most high classed residential districts. Since commuting to the French School is very convenient, many apartments and houses are available for expatriates as well.


Shinjuku station is known as the largest commercial district in Tokyo, and there are numbers of high rise office buildings around there. Over 10 million people pass through Shinjuku station daily. However, this is only a part of Shinjuku-ku. Much is filled with quiet residential areas, such as Ichigaya, Iidabashi and Kagurazaka.

Popular Districts in Shinjuku-ku

Ichigaya Iidabashi Area

(Ichigaya Residential Area)

(Kagurazaka Shopping Street)

Along the moat of the Imperial Palace, there are many low-rise apartments and houses for rent. The French School is nearby and a large French society has been established here. Transportation to business districts is very convenient, with the JR line, Tokyo Metro, and Toei Subway lines running through. In spring, cherry blossoms around the moat of the Imperial Palace are fantastic and it is only a few minutes walk to the Kagurazaka shopping street, where many reasonable shops and restaurants are lined up.


For last 300 years, Shinagawa area has been a hub location for travelers to the western parts of Japan. It is very close to Tokyo Bay as well, so the bay side of Shinagawa used to be a warehouse area. That area has been redeveloped recently, and there are a lot of new high-rise office buildings and apartments in this area. Not only Shinkansen bullet trains but trains to Haneda airport and Narita airport are available at Shinagawa station, so it is very convenient for foreigners who often travel.

Popular Districts in Shinagawa-ku

Shinagawa Area

(Shinagawa Station)

(Shinagawa area Mountain side)

As it is explained above, this area has a very good access to Narita and Naneda airports.
Senkansen bullet trains are available as well, so going to the western parts of Japan such as Osaka and Kyoto is very easy. Since JR lines and Keihin Kyuko line go to Kawasaki and Yokohama areas, a lot of foreigners who are working in those areas but who prefer to live in Tokyo stay in this area. Shopping is convenient around Shinagawa station.
This area has two residential sides, the mountain side and bay side. On the mountain side including Gotenyama district, most of properties are low-rise apartments or houses. On the bay side, most of the properties are high-rise apartments.

Gotanda Area

(Where the house of Empress
Michiko' family was located)

(Gotenyama Area)

Gotanda station was built in 1911. This area has two hills called, "Ikedayama" and "shimazuyama". Mansions of feudal lords were located on these hills, so this area has been historically known as a high status residential area. The family of Empress Michiko used to live in this area, and the private house of the former prime minister "Mr. Koizumi" is located in this areas well.