Living in Sendagaya, Tokyo: Guide for Foreigners
Sendagaya is a vibrant neighborhood located in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. It sits between Shinjuku and Harajuku, yet offers an entirely different atmosphere, lifestyle, and attractions. It's packed with restaurants, galleries, and shops, but there are also interesting historical sites that balance the traditional and the modern side of the neighborhood.
Things to See and Do in Sendagaya
Sendagaya has a long history and you can experience that in one of its shrines, Hato No Mori Hachiman. This Shrine is best known for its Fuji-zuka mound, a small replica of Mt.Fuji, but it also frequently hosts traditional Noh theater plays.
Sendagaya is dotted with independent galleries. Laundry Graphics Gallery is a must-see for those who want to explore Japanese graphic design, and Slope Gallery is run by Bueno Books, and showcases the works of artists who have collaborated with the publisher. Finally, Bar Bonobo is a music gallery and bar that transforms into a bustling nightclub in the evening.
Sendagaya is lined with green areas and public parks, including Shinjuku Gyoen, a popular destination during the cherry blossom season and Meiji Jingu Gaien, best known for their sports events.
Sendagaya Lifestyle and Rent Prices
Being so close to Harajuku, it's no wonder that Sendagaya takes fashion seriously. Residents can enjoy many specialty stores and unique boutiques. Interesting shopping spots include jewelry vending machines in Jam Home Made, beautiful interior design pieces at Playmountain, and seemingly simple yet luxurious garments in Loopwheeler. Many American brands have also found their home in the neighborhood, which is always an attractive option for expats from the US.
Shopping isn't the only reason why Sendagaya is frequently listed among Tokyo's hippest neighborhoods—its restaurants are equally appealing. From cafés that offer quick snacks and sandwiches, to high-end restaurants and cozy yakiniku eateries, you are able to enjoy a wide range of fabulous dishes in the neighborhood.
Finally, the rent prices, in general, reflect the growing popularity of Sendagaya, and they tend to be a bit higher than those in some lesser-known Tokyo neighborhoods. However, the range varies quite a bit; for example, you can find a small studio for below 100,000 yen per month. If you don't mind paying a bit more for a modern apartment at a great location, you can choose a single bedroom apartment in one of the new buildings, which is usually priced between 150,000 and 200,000 yen per month.
With both green areas with modern buildings, and historical sites alongside trendy boutiques, Sendagaya is a lovely neighborhood for expats in Tokyo. You can easily reach every part of Tokyo by the Chūō-Sōbu Line that serves Sendagaya Station. The apartments are a bit more expensive when compared to other areas in Tokyo, but there is a wide range, and you won't have too much trouble finding one that suits your preference.
Source: Tokyo Weekender, Timeout, Real Estate Japan, Gaijinpot
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