The Best Up-and-coming Neighborhoods for Young Professionals in Tokyo

Aerial view of Ikebukuro at night | © nattou/WikiCommons
Aerial view of Ikebukuro at night | © nattou/WikiCommons
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Tokyo Writer10 March 2017

Tokyo has over a thousand neighborhoods, and each one has a own unique personality all its own. Whether you’re looking for an upscale residential district or a laidback locale, these are the best up-and-coming neighborhoods for young professionals in Tokyo.

Shimokitazawa

The narrow streets and small, independently owned shops of this neighborhood give it a laidback vibe. Known as Shimokita for short, the area is scheduled for redevelopment, so getting in now means being a part of a potentially exciting new neighborhood.

A street in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo | © Jonathan Lin/Flickr

Kichijoji

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Inokashira Park is one of the main attractions of Kichijoji | © Karl Baron/Flickr
Inokashira Park is one of the main attractions of Kichijoji | © Karl Baron/Flickr
Kichijoji is located west of Tokyo proper. The neighborhood attracts those looking to escape the crammed city, it is particularly popular with new parents and retirees. Becuse it also attracts a lot of local tourists, it gets great foot traffic without the high property rental fees found further east – perfect for new businesses.

Koenji

Koenji is fast becoming a favorite of the underground music scene. It’s crammed with cool bars, hip restaurants and of course, live music houses. Great neighborhood for the musically inclined.

Hiroo

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Condominium in Hiroo | © Dick Thomas Johnson/Flickr
Condominium in Hiroo | © Dick Thomas Johnson/Flickr
Nestled between Shibuya and Roppongi, Hiroo is an upscale neighborhood perfect for the successful young professional. Besides easy access to nightlife, schools and recreation, Hiroo’s popularity and its population have steadily grown over the past couple of years.