Living in Daikanyama: What is it Like For Foreigners?

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Trendy individuals often go to Daikanyama for a day of leisure and good food. Being only one station away from Shibuya Station, you can live like a celebrity here.

But it is a waste to just go here for shopping, as the place has a beautiful residential area, abundant nature, and historical locations.

Read further to find out why Daikanyama is loved by people from all walks of life.

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Daikanyama - High-class residential area in the heart of Tokyo

Daikanyama is a high-class area in the south of Shibuya. While the area of Shibuya Station is often crowded and noisy, just one station away (or 16-minutes on foot) is the peaceful and chic Daikanyama, filled with Tokyo’s most Instagram-worthy shops and meals.

Recently, small and youthful companies have been relocating their offices to Daikanyama to be inspired by the area’s trendiness. Since Daikanyama Station is connected to the Tokyu-Toyoko Line and Fukutoshin Line, a stress-free commute can be realized.

The area also serves as a classy residential area favored by individuals who constantly want to be surrounded by the city life. You will encounter large houses, a rare sight in Tokyo, and plenty of modern condominiums.

For these reasons and more, Daikanyama is a highly attractive area to live in.


  • From Tokyo Station, take the Marunouchi Line to Akasaka-Mitsuke Station, transfer to the Ginza Line to Shibuya Station, and transfer to the Tokyu-Toyoko Line to Daikanyama Station (approx. 32 minutes)
  • From Shibuya Station, take the Tokyu-Toyoko Line to Daikanyama Station (approx. 3 minutes)
  • From Shinjuku Station, take the Yamanote Line to Shibuya Station, and transfer to the Tokyu-Toyoko Line to Daikanyama Station (approx. 20 minutes)

Famous Locations

Former Asakura Family Residence

Built in 1919, this was the house of the Asakura Family, owned by former politician Torajiro Asakura. It is one of the few Japanese-style mansions built before the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

Today its ownership has been passed to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property. The inside of the traditional house and its impressive garden are open to the public.


  • Address: 29-20 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • Directions: 5-minutes on foot from Daikanyama Station

Hillside Terrace

The Hillside Terrace, which was initially planned in the 1960s and established in the 1990s, is a modern multi-purpose complex which houses shops, restaurants, and rental spaces for events.

Consistent to the Daikanyama brand, in here you can taste exquisite Japanese, French, and Italian dining. The establishment also offers venues for wedding receptions, small exhibitions, and other events.

Spend an unforgettable evening with your loved ones here.


  • Address: 18-18-8 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • Directions: 3-minutes on foot from Daikanyama Station

Log Road Daikanyama

As can be indicated in its name, Log Road Daikanyama is a shopping street that houses urban-looking wooden shops.

In this trendy space, you will find international brands such as Fred Segal and limited pop-up shops. It is also the birth of Daikanyama’s brewery scene.

With the concept of “a space you want to walk around in,” Log Road Daikanyama is an aesthetically pleasing oasis in the heart of Shibuya.


  • Address: 13-13-1 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • Directions: 4-minutes on foot from Daikanyama Station

Why foreigners live in Daikanyama


Daikanyama takes pride in its highly convenient location. Due to Daikanyama Station being connected to the Tokyu-Toyoko Line and Fukutoshin Line, nearby residents will be able to directly go to Shibuya, Nakameguro, Jiyugaoka, Yokohama, and other main areas of Tokyo and Kanagawa.

You can also walk to the equally fashionable district of Ebisu, where your shopping and dining options are endless.

Residential Area

Daikanyama is located nearby the Kyu-Yamanote Street, known for being a high-class neighborhood with large mansions and condominiums. Affluent foreigners choose to live here as it has a unique atmosphere that is different from anywhere in Tokyo.


Despite being in the lively district of Shibuya, Daikanyama maintains a calm and tranquil environment, gaining more popularity as a place to live in.

You can commute to the central areas of Tokyo and go home to a peaceful neighborhood.


Whether it be the abundant unique cafes or the photogenic sceneries and meals, Daikanyama is an area for the trendy person. But with its accessibility and convenience, it is increasingly attracting people of various backgrounds.

If you want to live in the heart of the city, Daikanyama is one great option.

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