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2017-12-20

Living in Yoyogi Uehara: What is it Like For Foreigners?

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Yoyogi Uehara, as it is nearby the fashionable streets of Harajuku and Shibuya, is also a stylish area itself.

But despite being inside the crowded streets of Shibuya, Yoyogi Uehara is home to a serene high-class residential area. It is a perfect location for those who want to be near the city and nature at the same time.

Read further to learn about the charms of Yoyogi Uehara.

Yoyogi Uehara - Tokyo’s own oasis where a classy lifestyle awaits

Yoyogi Uehara can be accessed from the Chiyoda Line and the Odakyu Odawara Line. This enables you to go directly to Shinjuku, Otemachi (Tokyo Station), and other main areas of Tokyo.

Yoyogi Uehara Station is surrounded by cozy-looking bakeries and fine dining restaurants, attracting locals and tourists alike. Walk a little bit further, and you will encounter a high-class residential area, containing beautiful two-story houses, a rare sight in Tokyo. The area is ideal for raising a family.

Access


  • From Tokyo Station, take the Marunouchi Line to Kokkaigijidomae Station, and transfer to the Chiyoda Line to Yoyogi Uehara Station (approx. 30 minutes)
  • From Shibuya Station, take the Ginza Line to Omotesando Station, and transfer to the Chiyoda Line to Yoyogi Uehara Station (approx. 10 minutes)
  • From Shinjuku Station, take the Odakyu Odawara Station to Yoyogi Uehara Station (approx. 5 minutes)

Famous Locations

1. Koga Masao Museum of Music

Just minutes away from Yoyogi Uehara Station is the Koga Masao Museum of Music. The establishment celebrates Koga Masao, a Japanese composer who wrote songs of renowned musicians such as Hibari Misora.

The museum also showcases the history of Japanese music and entertainment. It is a must-go destination for fans of Japanese pop culture. 

Access


Address: 3-3-6-12 Uehara, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Directions: 3-minute walk from Yoyogi-Uehara Station

2. Yoyogi Park


Separating Yoyogi-Uehara from the streets of Harajuku and Shibuya is the famous Yoyogi Park. The 134-acre contains sports facilities such as the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, proposed to host a few events for the upcoming 2020 Olympics.

In the spring, it is a famous destination for cherry blossom viewing. Locals and tourists alike have picnics, and have a good time basking in the beautiful nature.

The east side is connected to the Meiji Shrine, also a popular tourist destination.

Access


Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Directions: 1-minute walk from Yoyogi-Koen Station, Harajuku Station

3. Tokyo Camii (Tokyo Mosque)

Yoyogi Uehara is home to Japan’s largest mosque, Tokyo Camii. Its architecture is breathtaking, adding to the beautiful streets of the area. It is visited everyday by Muslims and tourists.

Furthermore, the mosque is connected with the Turkish Culture Center, and is filled with friendly staff. If you are interested in learning about a new culture, and want to have a peaceful moment during your visit, definitely go here.

Access


Address: 1-19 Oyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Directions: 2-minute walk from Yoyogi Uehara Station

Why foreigners live in Yoyogi Uehara

1. Embassies

Within Yoyogi Uehara are the embassies of countries such as Ivory Coast, Vietnam, Bulgaria, New Zealand, and others. Due to this, the area has a significant number of foreign residents. This is evident in the numerous Western-inspired houses and restaurants in the area.

The international atmosphere also makes Yoyogi Uehara a friendly neighborhood for foreigners. You are bound to feel like home in no time.

2. High-class residential area

The residential area is known for its classiness, with plenty low-rise buildings and houses with beautiful exteriors. As it is peaceful despite being in the crowded Shibuya Ward, the area is one of the prefered places of upper-class families.

And as plenty foreigners live in Yoyogi Uehara, a bus for the American School in Japan passes through the area. In addition, The British School in Tokyo is nearby, located in the southeast of Yoyogi Park.

3. Terminal for the Chiyoda Line

The Chiyoda Line starts with Yoyogi Uehara Station, thus your commute will not be a dreadful one, unlike those often seen in the media. You will be able to sit down and go directly to areas such as Otemachi, Tokyo’s office district, and Omotesando, one of Tokyo’s luxurious streets.

To have a stress-free commute, for yourself and for your family, Yoyogi Uehara is definitely one place to consider.

Conclusion

With a nature-filled classy atmosphere, Yoyogi Uehara is truly an oasis just minutes away from the main areas of Tokyo. For those who want to live luxuriously, but away from the busy streets, this is the perfect place.

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