Yoyogi and Shoto
When Tokyo residents think of Yoyogi Uehara, the first word that comes to mind is “park.” Yoyogi Park is western Tokyo’s leafiest oasis and one of the city’s largest recreation spots.
It’s no coincidence that Meguro Ward in Southwestern Tokyo feels like it was built with ease of living in mind — it was. Suburban Meguro was planned around the main railway that passes through the area, Tokyu Railway’s Toyoko Line.
Hiroo, Ebisu and Aoyama
Even with 12 million people and counting, some parts of Tokyo have retained a distinctive village character. The foothills in the southwestern section of the city hold several of these villages: Hiroo, Ebisu, Daikanyama, and Shoto.
Ichigaya, Bancho, and Yotsuya
You won’t get much closer to traditional Japan than the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. On the western side of the Palace grounds, broad medieval moats bisect the neighborhood, while sloping side streets wind their way past temples.
Aoyama, Akasaka, and Roppongi
Pass through Aoyama, Akasaka or Roppongi on any given day and it’s hard not to notice that this is the hub of Tokyo style and nightlife — the place to see and to be seen.
Shirogane, Takanawa, and Kami-Osaki
Skyscrapers and high-rise hotels line the waterfront of Tokyo’s Minato Ward in an impressive skyline of ultra-modern glass and steel. But just a few minutes away, along winding streets and behind high walls of stone, stand the aristocratic mansions of days past, now embassies, museums and private clubs for Tokyo’s elite.
Denenchofu and Western Meguro
Strolling around the manicured avenues of Denenchofu, it’s hard to believe this garden oasis is only 15 minutes away from the bustling, crowded Tokyo hub of Shibuya. But it’s true.
Tree-lined streets, quiet neighborhoods, and spacious homes are the norm in suburban southwest Tokyo. Traditional Japanese-style dwellings stand side-by-side with eclectic Western-style houses.
Walking around the pedestrian-friendly backstreets of Azabu, it’s easy to forget this area is in the middle of Tokyo’s Minato Ward. Quiet lanes lined with luxury apartments, elegant boutiques and restaurants, well-appointed clubs and markets stocked with European delicacies seem more foreign than Japanese, and with good reason.