Setagaya is the lovely area where Ceddy and I stayed for our weekend in Tokyo. It’s an upscale neighborhood with some of the most expensive real estate in Tokyo. We rented our host’s apartment through AirBnB. If you haven’t used AirBnB, you should. It’s cheaper than renting a hotel and you get tips from a local host for places to eat and sightsee that aren’t the usual tourist traps. We rented a whole apartment, but you can rent a room in a host’s place, as well.
Though it isn’t known for its shopping malls, there were still plenty of stores in Setagaya.
Most people rode bikes or walked and took the metro.
The apartment we rented was a ten minute walk from the Sangenjaya metro station.
It was really easy to get around the city using the metro since everything was translated in English.
Unlike Atlanta’s MARTA trains which arrive every 15 to 20 minutes, Tokyo’s metro trains arrive every three to five minutes.
The platforms are always packed. (This is not the largest number of people that tried to cram into the same train.)
The signs with directions to landmarks were extremely helpful.
I’ll be writing about Carrot Tower, one of Setagaya’s most famous landmarks, in my next post.