How to rent an apartment and house for expats in Tokyo

How to rent an apartment and house for expats in Tokyo -Part 1

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How to rent an apartment and house for expats in Tokyo – Part 1

Tokyo is a big city consisting 23 wards, and the very first step for expat relocating to Tokyo is to decide where to live. We are going to look into Tokyo’s neighborhoods where is the most expatriate friendly, and check its environment and atmosphere of each neighborhoods which is one of aspects you obviously want to consider along with other important matters such as commuting time, access to appropriate international schools and average size of housing candidates.


Popular neighborhoods- Shoto and Kamiyamacho, Yoyogi-Uehara and Yoyogi-Hachiman, Ebisu and Daikanyama, Omotesando and jingumae

Shibuya-ku is famous for Shibuya crossing and statue of Hachi located in front of Shibuya station which is one of the biggest train station in Tokyo. The neighborhood includes world famous shopping districts and luxury residential districts with large green space such as Yoyogi Olympic Park and Meiji-Jingu Shrine. Shibuya-ku is the cultural central of Tokyo with shopping, art and entertainment facilities. Shibuya-ku has good access to Lycee Franco Japonais Tokyo, American school of Japan and even Yokohama International School by train and school bus, and British School Tokyo primary campus is located in this neighborhood.

Shoto and Kamiyamacho

Shoto and Kamiyamacho is located in the back of internationally famous Shibuya Center Shopping Street. Though it is only a few blocks away from commercial district with many shops and restaurants, they are very quiet and luxury residential district with nice roadside trees. Both large size apartment and independent house with outdoor space are available in this neighborhood.

Yoyogi-Uehara and Yoyogi-Hachiman

Yoyogi-Uehara and Yoyogi-Hachiman is popular among expat family with children attending American school of Japan as they have the school bus stops which are closest to ASIJ Chofu campus. As there are large parks, the apartments and houses where you can have pets are relatively available in this neighborhood.

Ebisu and Daikanyama

Ebisu and Daikanyama is famous for upscale boutiques, fashion salons, fine restaurants and the bookstore-cafe “T-Site” where is very popular among locals, embassy staffs in the neighborhood and tourist. The neighborhood carries mixed atmosphere with both traditional Japanese and international.


Omotesando and Jingumae is mostly commercial district where attracts many tourists and locals especially young people by hip cafes and latest designer goods. There are only few small residential areas in this neighborhood where is one of the most popular among expat with children attending British School Tokyo as its primary campus is only a few minutes walking distance.