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Tokyo is Japan's largest city by population and is the capital of the country. Tokyo is the heart of business, finance & fashion in Japan.  

Aoyama / Omotesando Area

Aoyama / Omotesando Area

This area is a high-end shopping district centered around a large, tree-lined boulevard that is often compared to France’s Champs de Elysees. The main streets boast designer boutiques, while the back streets are full of restaurants and cafes. Home to Aoyama University and the United Nations University, there is also a plethora of smaller, affordable establishments catering to a student population and a weekend farmers market.

Ideal area for
  • Nightlife & Entertainment
Places of Interest

UN University Farmers Market – Held on weekends and holidays from 10am-4pm, this is a gathering place for Kanto area farmers to sell their produce directly to consumers. The epitome of farm-to-table, all sorts of fresh produce can be found among the various stalls of this market.

Omotesando Hills - A uniquely-designed indoor shopping complex with high-end shops spiraling up and down around a central atrium. The open space on the bottom floor features rotating exhibits and events.

International Schools
  • Jingumae International Exchange School

Chiyoda Area

Chiyoda Area

At the center of this region is the Imperial Palace with its public outer gardens. The route surrounding the Palace is popular for walking and biking.

To the east is Tokyo Station and the commercial Marunouchi district. This is the start of a major shopping sprawl that extends down into Ginza, the 5th Avenue of Japan.

To the northwest is the contentious Yasukuni Shrine, and to the southwest, the National Diet Building, home to the Japanese national government. Areas in between contain many theatres and performance venues, including the renowned Nippon Budokan.

Ideal area for
  • Families
  • Parks
Places of Interest

Tokyo Station – Recently restored to its pre-war condition, Tokyo Station is a major transportation hub with beautiful, Western-style architecture and connected to a massive, multi-building and underground shopping complex.

Hibiya Park – A small, famous park that is often a venue for food, music, and cultural festivals on the weekends.

National Theatre, Imperial Theatre, Takarazuka Theatre – Three of the largest theatres in the area, with regular large-scale theatre productions. Dozens of other theatres are scattered throughout the area.

Ginza Shopping District – Home to high-end fashion and designer brand shops, as well as some newer, fast fashion retailers, the main shopping street is closed to vehicle traffic on the weekends and lined with tables and parasols reminiscent of Times Square in New York City.

International Schools
  • K. International School Tokyo

Daikanyama / Ebisu / Naka-Meguro Area

Daikanyama / Ebisu / Naka-Meguro Area

This area is a mix of smaller, upscale shopping complexes and independent, family-run establishments. Cherry-blossom trees and dozens of small eating and drinking establishments line the river between Naka-Meguro and Daikanyama Stations, and the narrow streets hold trendy boutiques and cafes tucked safely away from the main throughways. 

Ideal area for
  • Nightlife & Entertainment
Places of Interest

Ebisu Garden Place – Open-air plaza surrounded by large shopping complexes, famous restaurants, a cinema, a photography museum, and the Yebisu Beer Museum.

The River in Naka-Meguro – Lined with small cafes and restaurants and popular with couples, the river is lined with cherry blossom trees, blanketing the water and streets with pink petals in spring. Lantern illumination provides a romantic atmosphere for dinnertime strolls.

International Schools
  • British School in Tokyo
  • KAIS International School
  • KAIS Elementary and Middle School

Hiroo / Azabu Area

Hiroo / Azabu Area

Hiroo and Azabu are popular residential areas for English-speaking expat families in Tokyo. They are both quieter neighborhoods within walking distance of Roppongi.

Hiroo has a beautiful park, and also contains an import supermarket, upscale shopping, and English-speaking educational institutions.

Azabu has many cozy bars, cafes, and restaurants, both upscale and casual. These areas are also home to numerous embassies and consulates.

Ideal area for
  • Families
  • Parks
Places of Interest

Arisugawa Park: A beautiful park with multiple walking paths, ponds, waterfalls, and a children’s playground.

National Azabu: A grocery store featuring import products. One of the best sources for hard-to-find imported food items in the city.

Tokyo Tower: A symbol of Tokyo, modeled after the Eiffel Tower. The observation deck offers a great view of the city.

Tokyo American Club: a private club offering a diverse range of cultural, business and recreational activities and amenities.

International Schools
  • Nishimachi International School
  • International School of Sacred Heart
  • Tokyo International School
  • The Montessori School of Tokyo
  • Yamato International School

Meguro / Shirokanedai / Takanawadai Area

Meguro / Shirokanedai / Takanawadai Area

Traditional residential neighborhoods with mostly smaller apartment buildings and free-standing homes. Removed from all the busy hustle and bustle, it’s still close enough to be within easy walking or biking distance to shops and restaurants. The neighborhood is hilly and full of traditional temples, small museums, and large medical institutions and universities.

 

Ideal area for
  • Families
  • Parks
Places of Interest

Institute for Nature Study – A beautiful nature reserve with a small entrance fee, the Institute is a great place for leaving the city behind for a serene stroll through the remaining marshes and forests of Tokyo. 

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum – An Art Deco building surrounded by gardens and housing rotating exhibitions.

Aqua Park – Seemingly a cross between an aquarium and an art gallery, Aqua Park beautifully displays aquatic life using lighting and sound to create a unique experience for all ages. The dynamic dolphin show is a popular feature.

Temples – Dotted throughout the region, these temples are too numerous to name. They provide a taste of traditional Japan and preserve the history of the neighborhood.

International Schools
  • Tokyo International School
  • KAIS International School
  • KAIS Elementary and Middle School
  • Yamato International School

Roppongi / Akasaka Area

Roppongi / Akasaka Area

Roppongi is the heart of Tokyo nightlife. Stocked full of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, this is the hotspot for foreign residents and tourists alike. Home to large shopping complexes, movie theatres, and galleries, there’s always plenty to do here, day or night. This area is popular with singles & couples.

Ideal area for
  • Nightlife & Entertainment
Places of Interest

Roppongi Hills: Shopping and entertainment complex, and the most coveted residential properties in Tokyo.

Tokyo Tower: A symbol of Tokyo, modeled after the Eiffel Tower. The observation deck offers a great view of the city.

Tokyo American Club: a private club offering a diverse range of cultural, business and recreational activities and amenities.

Tokyo Midtown: A large commercial and residential complex bordered by Hinokicho Park.

International Schools
  • Nishimachi International School
  • International School of Sacred Heart
  • The Montessori School of Tokyo

Tokyo Bay Area

Tokyo Bay Area

Neighborhoods full of large, modern apartment complexes, this area is an up-and-coming residential zone. Some of the largest buildings include their own supermarkets on site, making them very convenient for daily life. With multiple malls in the region, there’s no lack of choices for shopping and entertainment. 

Ideal area for
  • Families
  • Nightlife & Entertainment
  • Parks
Places of Interest

Odaiba -  Famous for shopping and entertainment, this area is host to a number of high-class hotels, the SEGA Joypolis indoor amusement park, Venus Fort shopping mall, Fuji TV and more. The palette town ferris wheel offers great views of Tokyo Bay and the beautiful Rainbow Bridge. Also in the area are Big Sight convention center, the Oedo Onsen Monogatari hotspring complex, and multiple parks and beaches.

Tokyo Disney Resort – The heart of Disney in Japan, the Disney Resort has two parks – Disneyland and Disney Sea, a number of hotels, and a whimsical mall with a cinema. There’s plenty of fun for all, whether inside the parks or out.

International Schools
  • K. International School Tokyo
  • Global Indian International School Japan

Tokyo Other

Tokyo Other

Predominantly residential neighborhoods throughout the Tokyo area, these regions serve as bedroom communities for the downtown areas. These communities are comprised of houses and apartments, parks, schools, and local shops, with many stations having their own department stores or malls nearby. Dozens of train lines link the residential neighborhoods to downtown Tokyo and allow for easy commuting to work and school. 

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Ideal area for
  • Families
  • Parks
International Schools
  • American School in Japan
  • Seisen International School
  • Axis International School
  • Aoba-Japan International School
  • Lycée Français International de Tokyo
  • Tokyo Waseda International Christian School
  • St. Mary's International School

Yoyogi / Shoto / Shibuya Area

Yoyogi / Shoto / Shibuya Area

Youthful and vibrant, Shibuya features the famous intersection representing modern Tokyo in most media. Geared toward a younger clientele and focused on fashion, this area is popular with teens and students during the day, and shifts to a restaurant and club town at night. It’s full of cafes, restaurants, and live music venues.

Walking away from the center of Shibuya brings one to the surrounding residential neighborhoods of Shoto and Yoyogi. These areas have smaller apartment buildings, occasional free-standing homes, parks and smaller commercial zones. 

Ideal area for
  • Families
  • Nightlife & Entertainment
  • Parks
Places of Interest

Scramble Crossing: Famous intersection outside Shibuya Station. This is the one you see in all the movies.

Yoyogi Park: One of the largest parks in downtown Tokyo, it’s famous for it’s cherry blossoms in the springtime.

Meiji Shrine: Arguably the most famous shrine in Tokyo and one of the most famous in Japan, this major tourist destination has winding paths among forested canopy and open grassy spots. Small bridges cross streams and ponds surrounding the central shrine buildings.

International Schools
  • British School in Tokyo
  • Jingumae International Exchange School
  • Yoyogi International School
  • Tokyo Waseda International Christian School