Charms of Top 6 Neighborhoods in Tokyo that Foreigners Want to Live In
Real estate website SUUMO conducted a survey among foreigners in Tokyo, and found that the top 6 neighborhoods they want to live in are 1. Shinjuku 2. Shibuya 3. Akihabara 4. Shinagawa 5. Roppongi and 6. Asakusa. We'll introduce the charms of these neighborhoods in this article.
Jul 06 2014
Shinjuku Stationnesnad/Wikimedia Commons
Shinjuku is a leading neighborhood in Tokyo, not just for business, but also shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and all genres of stores have been accumulated here.
More than 3,600,000 people pass through Shinjuku Station in a day, and it's been designated as the busiest station in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records, so it's also an important place for transportation within Tokyo.
Around the east exit, there are huge electronic stores, shopping malls, and restaurants all lined up to the point that it feels like "there's nothing that isn't sold here."
Shinjuku Station's east exit
From the west exit, the Tokyo Government Office, high-rise office buildings, and hotels, are all lined up, presenting a modern aspect.
A group of buildings spread out around Shinjuku Station's west exit.
When it becomes night, Shinjuku is reincarnated as the leading pleasure quarter in Japan. In the famous nightlife area, Kabukicho, there are countless izakayas, bars, and brothels, and many people come to enjoy the nightlife.
In the space between Shinjuku Station's west and east exits, there's an area called "Omoide Yokocho" full of historical izakayas that's a super popular tourist spot for foreigners.
A corner of Omoide Yokocho.
Shinjuku is a megalopolis, but if you walk towards the south-east, there's a place for rest and relaxation called the Shinjuku Imperial Gardens. Originally it was controlled by the Imperial Household Department (today the Imperial Household Agency), now it's a national park open to the public. It's 58.3ha wide, and the circumference is a beautiful 3.5km to be proud of.
A moment of rest on your day off at the Shinjuku Imperial Gardens.
Here's a video
Because Shibuya is the town where youth culture originates from, it's a town crowded with with things like apparel shops and nightclubs, as well as music-related services, trendy cafes, and bars.
A street corner in the center of Shibuya clamoring with young people.Hide1228/Wikimedia Commons
Beginning with the holy ground of gyaru fashion, the 109 building, lots of stores that create the trends were born in Shibuya.
The dispatch center of gyaru fashion, Shibuya 109.
The shopping mall popular with young people, PARCO.
While Shibuya has many famous spots, right when you exit out of the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya station you find the bronze statue of Hachiko that many people use as a meeting spot. Also at the Hachiko Exit is the huge scramble crossing with a huge number of people that is famous worldwide.
The bronze statue of Hachiko that is popular as a meeting spot in front of Shibuya Station.
The famous scramble crossing.
Within walking distance there's the prominent area that people are proud of, Yoyogi Park. It's a good place to go on your off days to relax.
Here's a video.
Akihabara, or "Akiba," is an internationally famous "electric town," and a lot of tourists visit there to buy electronics.
Lots of electronics stores.
Besides the giant stores, there's a countless number of tiny electronic stores down the alleyways, to the point that it seems like there's "no electronic that isn't sold." They also sell goods for rabid fans.
There's not just large big-box stores, but also a countless number of small electronic stores.
For stuff like computer parts, it's said there's nothing you can't get ahold of.
Akihabara is also extremely famous as the otaku holy land. For anime and manga, idols, maid cafes, cosplay, and other related topics, many shops have accumulated and it's become the world center for otaku culture.
There are a lot of maids beckoning on the street.
A famous maid cafe in Akihabara called the "@home cafe".
Another similar, famous Akihabara maid cafe called "MaiDreamin".
There are a lot of shops specializing in cosplay.
There are also a lot of figurine shops.
Whatever figurines you collect, if you come to Akihabara, you'll be able to complete your collection.
Here's a video.
Shinagawa Station is an important stop in Tokyo's transportation system. Bullet trains even stop there, and its high appeal is how easy it is to go anywhere from there.
Because of all the office buildings and high class apartment buildings, it has a luxurious impression.
Inside the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, just outside the Takanawa exit, there's an indoor entertainment facility called the Shinagawa Aqua Stadium. There's an aquarium with a dolphin and seal show, an underwater tunnel that's 20m long, and a lot of other highlights.
In the direction of the Takanawa exit, there's a collection of popular ramen shops that have been collected into the Ramen Food Park. There are 7 ramen shops that are nationally famous established here, and it's so popular that people line up before the stores even open.
A lot of people come to visit from overseas, and the whole town has an international atmosphere. It's world famous for high class boutiques and restaurants with famous chefs, as well as bars and clubs. Because there are a lot of stores that combine excellent taste with their products, a wide variety of people visit Roppongi.
A shot of Roppongi from above.
Because there are a lot of clubs, at night a lot of foreigners gather.Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons
Due to Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown, landmarks representative of Tokyo, you can enjoy refined adult shopping.
Roppongi Hills is popular with tourists because of its modern complex design.Nokton/Flickr
This is also a modern design complex popular with tourists, Tokyo Midtown.
Roppongi is also an art town. Starting with the National Art Center, there are now a lot of art spots.
The National Art Center doesn't hold its own collection, but borrows from other museums. Its way of exhibiting makes it a new type of art museum; however, the exhibition space is the highest ranked in Japan.
In the neighborhood, there's also the high-class residential area Azabu-Juban. It's separated from the city's bustle, so it has a rather calm atmosphere where you can enjoy lots of delicious restaurants.
A calm street in Azabu-Juban.
Here's a video.
In Asakusa, where history and tradition remain, there's still a strong feeling of Edo. The international tourists never stop coming, and it's a standard Tokyo spot.
The symbol of Asakusa, Asakusa Temple's Kaminarimon.
Stores selling snacks like ningyoyaki and kaminariokoshi are lined up, and it's a famous shopping street for foreign tourists.
If you get a little tired, you can see Asakusa by riding in a rickshaw pulled by a driver.
Riding a rickshaw in Asakusa is also highly recommended.
As of May 2012, Asakusa's new landmark, Tokyo Skytree, opened for business as a TV tower and tourist spot. Established as a tourist spot and a shopping center as well as an office building, it's crowded with people every day.
Tokyo Skytree soars above Asakusa.
Here's a video.
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.