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

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Tokyo Writer
Updated: 10 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.

Kagurazaka

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A street in Kagurazaka, Tokyo | © PHGCOM/WikiCommons
A street in Kagurazaka, Tokyo | © PHGCOM/WikiCommons

Kagurazaka

This former geisha quarter has only recently popped up on the radar of the city’s hip youth. The place now has a reputation for French cuisine, quaint cafes and hidden pockets of Old Edo waiting around every corner.

Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo 162-0825, Japan

A street in Kagurazaka, Tokyo | © PHGCOM/WikiCommons

A street in Kagurazaka, Tokyo | © PHGCOM/WikiCommons

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Ebisu

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Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo | © Marc Dalmulder/Flickr
Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo | © Marc Dalmulder/Flickr

Ebisu

Ebisu or Yebisu has been rising in popularity in recent years. This is mainly thanks to its large collection of trendy bars, cafes and restaurants, but it’s also conveniently located just minutes from the popular shopping districts of Shibuya and Meguro.

Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0013, Japan

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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
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

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.

Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan

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Meguro and Naka-Meguro

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Meguro River in Naka-Meguro, Tokyo | © Manish Prabhune/Flickr
Meguro River in Naka-Meguro, Tokyo | © Manish Prabhune/Flickr

Meguro and Naka-Meguro

The Meguro River winds its way through this neighborhood, lending it plenty of charm and opportunities for picturesque views. Naka-Meguro in particular is a known favorite hangout of Tokyo’s artists and designers.

Nakameguro, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0061, Japan

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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

Hiroo

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.

Hiroo, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0012, Japan

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