Setagaya: a posh neighborhood in Tokyo

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.

Storefronts. Tokyo, Japan.

Storefronts. Tokyo, Japan.

Most people rode bikes or walked and took the metro.

Bike parking lot. Tokyo, Japan.

Bike parking lot. Tokyo, Japan.

The apartment we rented was a ten minute walk from the Sangenjaya metro station.

Fountain outside the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

Fountain outside the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

It was really easy to get around the city using the metro since everything was translated in English.

Helpful metro signs, if you don't read Japanese. Tokyo, Japan.

Helpful metro signs, if you don’t read Japanese. Tokyo, Japan.

Unlike Atlanta’s MARTA trains which arrive every 15 to 20 minutes, Tokyo’s metro trains arrive every three to five minutes.

Inside the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

Inside the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

The platforms are always packed. (This is not the largest number of people that tried to cram into the same train.)

Crowd at the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

Crowd at the Sangenjaya metro station. Tokyo, Japan.

The signs with directions to landmarks were extremely helpful.

Signs to landmarks. Tokyo, Japan.

Signs to landmarks. Tokyo, Japan.

I’ll be writing about Carrot Tower, one of Setagaya’s most famous landmarks, in my next post.

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12 thoughts on “Setagaya: a posh neighborhood in Tokyo

  1. Japan is on my list of countries to visit. Would love to visit Tokyo too, but I’m also interested in the countryside! Have you seen the film version of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood? (Book was better btw). The scenery though was fantastic!

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    • I agree! We used AirBnB while we traveled around Europe last year and when we went to DC. I didn’t take photos of the place, but I could post a link to our host’s AirBnB listing! 🙂

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