Shibuya (a prime area) is one of the most popular wards in Tokyo, best known for its nightlife and shopping.
The ward has a significant urban green area, particularly in the Sendegaya district. Sendegaya’s overall architectural designs combine old, new and futuristic structures.
Shibuya is famous for its upscale developments, but smaller apartment buildings and houses can be found in the Yoyogi-Uehara neighbourhood, particularly in the Yoyogi 3-chome area.
The 4-chome, which leads to the Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Park, is among the quietest portions of the ward. The residential development in this area attracts the high-income bracket residents.
Shibuya has one of the busiest railway stations in Tokyo. It is also one of the most active centres in the city. Its famous Shibuya Crossing has been featured in Hollywood movies such as Lost in Translation and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
The Harajuku street style is based on the actual street fashion by Japanese youths who hang out in what is known as the Harajuku area, near the Harajuku station. Harajuku has been associated particularly to the "Harajuku girls" subcultures, including Gothic Lolita, Ganguro (blonde and orange hair), Ravers and cosplay (costume play).
The nearby Takeshita Street caters to the needs of Harajuku fashion.
Despite such popularity, Harajuku has undergone minimal urban development with concentrated residential development in Jingumae.
The Omotesando neighbourhood is known for its upmarket developments and has come to be nicknamed Tokyo’s Champs-Elysées.
One of the more recent developments here is the Ometesando Hills. Designed by famous architect Tadao Ando, it is a mix-use commercial and residential development, comprising of 130 shops and 38 apartments.
Upscale shopping centres and boutiques are everywhere in Omotesando.
A less chaotic area in Shibuya is the Ebisu district, which occupies the edge of central Tokyo.
Ebisu has charming residential neighbourhoods and suburban developments such as parks and minimal commercial development. It is among the favourite residential districts of foreigners and executives.
Expensive living options range from 2-bedroom to 3-bedroom flats. For bigger and more upscale houses, south of Ebisu is an ideal location.
Chojamaru is famously known as the district of wealthy samurai homes and currently offers the best among the properties in the city.
The area between Ebisu and Meguro is where the Nature Study Park is located, a nature reserve that nearby residents can easily enjoy.
Ebisu is only a quick train ride away from the city centre.
Shoto, Aobadai and Daikanyama
Shoto, Aobadai and Daikanyama are quiet, upscale areas surrounding the heart of Shibuya, with wide, tree-lined streets and large houses.
Daikanyama is a well-known hub for artists, celebrities and designers. Properties range from old Japanese style homes, brand new designer homes, to large apartment blocks. Singles and young couples can enjoy stylish apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms.
The three districts are accessible to some of Tokyo's notable cultural centres.