Tokyo’s high class residential areas with the historical names not shown on a map

Poste date: Friday, January 18, 2019

Though there are many high class residential areas with historical prestige scattered throughout Tokyo, their names cannot be found on any maps.

The names of these places no longer exist–as they have been changed due to address unifications or the changing of town names–they are still known locally and retain their reputation from the olden days. Here we would like to introduce Tokyo's high class residential areas using their old prestigious names–addresses and station names–and can only be seen on historical maps or are known because of the names of long standing condominiums in the area.

The names of these prestigious areas that no longer exist are: Sengokuyama, Akasaka Hikawacho, Azabu Kasumicho, Azabu Kougaicho, Mita Tsunamachi, Chojamaru, Suwayama.  The Jonan Gozan (Ikedayama, Gotenyama, Shimazuyama, Hanabusayama, Yatsuyama), etc.

These names still have a high branding power and evoke a high class image when you find them in the names of condominiums as they are in areas of historically prestigious towns lined with stately mansions, luxury rental apartments, and luxury condominiums.

The Jonan Gozan

For information about the Jonan Gozan area, please follow the link below.

 

Sengokuyama

The area covers the hill top location of Roppongi's 1 chome and 5 Chome of Toranomon, Minato-ku.

During the Edo Era this area was home to the residence of the Sengoku family (from Tajimanokuni Hyogo Prefecture) known as the Izushi clan. After the Meiji Era this area was home to the residences of the Sengoku family’s nobility and the Higashikuninomiya family. The area is on a spacious hill top with firm ground and lots of greenery. As a result, in the area there are many old temples, embassies, and hotels. In 2012, a skyscraper complex called ARK Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower was built by Mori Building Co., Ltd. This building which has become a new landmark for the area and provides upscale modernity with large green spaces.

park view of tokyo tower from Sengokuyama area
Sengokuyama
View of Ark Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower
Ark Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower
Entrance of Ark Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower
Ark Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower

 

Shiroyama

The area covers the current location of 4 Chome of Toranomon, Minato-ku.

It is said that in the olden days a powerful family built a castle on the hilltop area around 4 Chome of Toranomon, and thus came to be called Shiroyama. During the Edo Era, the area around Kamiyacho Station was called “Nishikubo” and it was home to many samurai family residences such as the Toki family. During the Meiji Era the area was named “Nishikubo Shiroyama”. Currently, the area is occupied by the Shiroyama Garden, Shiroyama Trust Tower, and the Swedish Embassy.

Shiroyama Garden
Shiroyama Trust Tower
Shiroyama Garden Walk Path

Luxury Apartments in the Shiroyama area

 

Akasaka Hikawacho

The area covers to the hilltop location of 6 Chome of Akasaka, Minato-ku.

The area name has existed since 1966 and was derived from Akasaka Hikawa Shrine near the area. Akasaka Hikawa Shrine is a venerable Shinto shrine which built in 951 to enshrine Susano no Mikoto. During the early Edo Era there was the residence of ASANO Takumi no Kami, who was famous for Chushingura, near Hikawa Park. During the early Meiji Era there area was home to the residence–where "Akasaka Kids Teens Hall" is now–in which Kaishu Katsu spent his later years. The venerable name of the area where many Daimyos set up their residences during the Edo Era. Many apartments built in the area still carry on the name of Akasaka Hikawacho.

Hikawa Shrine
Hikawa Shrine
Hikawa Shrine
Akasaka Kids Nandemo
Akasaka Hikawacho Residential Area

 

Azabu Kasumicho

The area stretchs covers the area east of Nishi-Azabu Crossing, the neighboring area of the current 1 Chome Nishi-Azabu, and a part of 3 Chome Nishi-Azabu and 6-7 Chome Roppongi, Minato-ku.

The name Azabu Kasumicho was used from 1872 to 1967. Sakurada Shrine in 3 Chome Nishi-Azabu was once called Kasumiyama Shrine and the name of Kasumicho derives from this. During the Edo Era the large suburban residence of Abe Harima no kami was located in the area. After the Meiji Era an extensive portion of the area was owned by the Mitsui family and there was a dormitory used for educating their children in the spot where "Azabu Kasumicho Park Mansion"–famous as a hundred million yen condominium–currently stands. During the Taisho Era a streetcar ran in Kasumicho. Today, many restaurants and facilities still use the name of Kasumicho such as Azabu Kasumicho Church. The area is a reserved quiet high class residential area away from the nearest major streets.

Roppongi Dori
Nisiazabu Crossing Gonpachi
Kasumicho Residential Area
Azabu Kasumicho Park Mansion
Kasumicho Residential Area – Ushizaka
Azabu Kasumicho Residential Area

 

Azabu Kougaicho

The area includes the current location of 6-7 Chome Minami-Aoyama and a part of 2-4 Chome Nishi-Azabui, Minato-ku.

The area's name was used from the Edo Era until 1967. It was derived from the bridge named Kougaibashi the stretches over the Kougai River that flowed through this area. (Kougai River is presently flowing underground in the area and slightly rises to ground level near the Tengenbashi area). During the Edo Era many Samurai residences were built here. Currently the area is known as a trendy and fashionable place near Gaien Nishi Dori Street with many high class residences nearby built away from the street.

The name Kougaicho can still be seen in the name's of Kougai Park, Kougai Elementary School, and some of the condominiums in the area.

Kougai Park
Kougai Elementary School
Gaien-Nishi Dori
Nishiazabu Crossing
Kougaicho Residential Area
Kougaicho Residential Area

 

Mita Tsunamachi

The area covers the hill top location of 2 Chome of Mita, Minato-ku.

The name Mita Tsunamachi was used from 1872 to 1967. During the Edo Era many Samurai residences with large gardens built here. During the Taisho Era the head of the Mitsui family built the “Tsunamachi Mitsui Club”–as a guest house for the Mitsui Zaibatsu–on the vacant land of about 6000 tsubo where the residence of Hyuga Sadowara clan of Shimazu family and that of Aizu clan once existed.

The Tsunamachi Mitsui Club is still currently used as a guest house for Mitsui Group. The place where the Italian Embassy is currently built was the location of the second residence of the Iyo Matsuyama clan, and is famous known as the ground where the Ako lordless samurais committed hara-kiri. The Japanese traditional garden style from the Edo era has been preserved in the Italian embassy with scenic beauty. The neighborhood is quiet, full of greenery, and high-quality condominiums are built all around it's spacious grounds.

Tsunamachi Mitsui Club
Australian Embassy
Embassy of Italy
Mita Tsunamachi Residential Area
Mita Tsunamachi Residential Area
Tsuna Saka

 

Chojamaru

The area covers the current 2 Chome, Kami-Osaki and a part of 1 Chome, Mita, Meguro-ku.

The name was derived from a powerful family that moved to this area–during the Muromachi Era–known as Shirokane Choja. Later the area became the home of Samurai residences, and during the early years of the Showa Era the area was developed as an early modern residential area by Yaichiro Yoshida who was a successful kimono merchant. During the pre-war (WWII) times many high-ranking officials and politicians, and prominent firm's presidents set up residences in this area. Today low-rise high-class residences are spread throughout stretching from the area between Ebisu Garden Place and Institute of Nature Study through to the area neighboring Meguro Station. It is a convenient area along JR Yamanote line and is adjacent to Ebisu Garden Place. The name Chojamaru can be seen in the names of many of the luxurious condominiums in the area.

Chojamaru Residential Area
Chojamaru Residential Area
Chojamaru Residential Area
Ebisu Garden Place
Ebisu Garden Place
Meguro Station Surroundings

Located in a high class residential area of Minami-Azabu. It is Domus branded luxury vintage condominium apartment. It comes with a stately red brick looking tiled appearance design, luxuriously made shared spaces, and unit room interior design made of high grade materials.

JPY 1,000,000/month

Bilingual front desk service. Lush greenery urban life for the executives.

JPY 460,000 - 1,340,000/month

Located in an old high-class residential area locally called Tokiwamatsu close to Hitachinomiya Residence. It is a luxury vintage apartment with an impressive and stately looking tiled appearance design. The entrance lounge is elegantly arranged. Each unit offers a spacious room layout and well-equipped arrangement, desirable for a foreign family with children.

JPY 950,000/month

Exterior of Parkhouse Roppongi
Sale Property tag

Park House Roppongi was built in November 1996 by Toda Corporation and formerly sold by Mitsubishi Estate Co. Located in the historic Azabu Mikawadai area, it is a step away from the hustle and bustle of Roppongi and offers a quiet living environment with lush greenery such as Hinokicho Park and Hikawa Shrine. The site area is over 4,200 square meters and is located on a spacious hill. Located in the heart of Minato Ward, 7-minute walk from Roppongi and Tameike-Sanno Stations and 5-minute walk from Roppongi-1-chome Station, the property offers convenient access to popular areas in the city centre, including Tokyo Midtown, Akasaka, Hiroo and Aoyama areas. The common areas of the building underwent large-scale repair work in 2016 and the condominium has a good management system with 24-hour manned management.

JPY 189,800,000

Exterior of Roppongi Hills Residence B
Sale Property tag

Roppongi Hills Residence B was completed in April 2003 as a symbolic building in Roppongi. The 43-storey (with 2 basement levels), 333-unit seismic controlled tower condominium is managed by Mori Building Co providing a variety of concierge services such as reception for common facilities and good care of residents. The comfort of residents is a top priority in this building, which also pays careful attention to safety as well. The cosmopolitan areas of Hiroo, Azabu and Aoyama are within living distance, and luxury brand shops line the streets nearby, offering a high standard of urban living.

JPY 398,000,000

Exterior of The Parkhouse Shibuya Nampeidai
Sale Property tag

The Park House Shibuya Nanpeidai is a relatively new, 10-story condominium with 1 basement floor, built in November 2019, located in Nanpeidai 1-chome, Shibuya-ku, and built by Mitsubishi Jisho Residence K.K. It is approximately a 7-minute walk from Shibuya Station on the JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line etc., and an 8-minute walk from Shinsen Station on the Keio Inokashira Line, and about a 14-minute walk from Daikanyama Station on Tokyu Toyoko Line. It is ideally located within a 10-minute walk to Shibuya Station, which is undergoing rapid redevelopment. The beige and gray color scheme of the apartments gives them a calm and luxurious impression, and they are equipped with auto-locks and home delivery boxes, as well as concierge and valet services to support residents' daily lives. In addition, a garbage disposal area on each floor is also attractive to busy people. The area is conveniently located approximately 2 minutes on foot to Pony Cleaning Nanpeidai, 5 minutes on foot to Kokumin Shibuya Mark City, 5 minutes on foot to Shibuya Dogenzaka Post Office, 6 minutes on foot to Maruetsu Petit Shibuya Shinsen, and 15 minutes on foot to Shibuya Ward Office.

JPY 179,900,000