Living in Omotesando & Harajuku
Guide to Omotesando & Harajuku, popular expat residential areas in Tokyo.
The area around Omotesando Station, Chiyoda Line / Hanzomon Line / Ginza Line, the area around Harajuku Station, JR Yamanote Line, and the area around Kita-Sando Station, Fukutoshin Line.
Addresses included are: Jingumae, Shibuya, Higashi, and Sendagaya in Shibuya-ku, Minami-Aoyama and Kita-Aoyama in Minato-ku.
Omotesando & Harajuku Area Overview
This area is developed around Omotesando Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and Ginza Line as well as Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line.
Omotesando is referred to as the ’Champs-Elysees’ of Tokyo. The stylish and trendy street have fashionable boutiques and popular restaurants standing side by side. Once away from the street, you enter the luxurious residential areas of Jingu-mae and Minami-Aoyama. Popular among foreigners is this quiet residential environment on gentle hilly landscapes dotted with mostly single-family houses and low-rise apartments, you can find a lot of luxury rental apartments for foreigners.
Being next to the Aoyama and Omotesando areas–home to many of the most popular international fashion brands–Harajuku is known as a cutting edge fashion town, the origin of many unique and novel fashion trends. Along the narrow alleys away from Omotesando Street, you can find boutiques with novel fashion styles created by young artists. In contrast, Takeshita-Dori Street is filled with fashion shops geared towards teens, attracting many of Tokyo’s youth every day. This area is located next to the Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yoyogi Park. Lots of people who enjoy sports and exercising can be seen around here during the weekends.