Bunkyo District

Whether conducting business, acing exams, or winning games, Bunkyo District gets it done.

There’s no need to wear a watch in Bunkyo District—the time of day tells itself. Its tidy mix of small offices, middle-class residences, top-tier universities, and world-renowned entertainment centers march to the rhythm of rush hours, dinner times, cram sessions, and game days. Despite the district’s many appeals, Tokyo Dome City remains its main attraction. Home base to Tokyo’s Yomiuri Giants baseball team, the stadium sports a roof-splitting roller coaster that knocks fun out of the park.

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On the Map

Bunkyo District is bordered by Akihabara, Arakawa District, Asakusa/Ueno, Taito District, Chiyoda District, Toshima District, Shinjuku District, and Kita District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Haneda Airport: 30 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour & 10 minutes by car or 1 hour & 25 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 25 minutes by public transit
Ueno Station: 25 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 30 minutes by public transit

Bunkyo District: Balancing Work and Play

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Nearly equal parts professional, residential, and entertainment center, this just-north-of-Tokyo's-core district boasts business acumen and baseball champions.

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Connected to the rest of Tokyo by several subway lines, Bunkyo District makes it easy for commuters to get to work and for baseball fans to find the field.

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During rush hour, the area feels frenzied with the comings-and-goings of incoming salarymen and university students.

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For the most part, Bunkyo District feels less chaotic than the core of Tokyo.

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Many of its streets culminate in clandestine parks.

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Others open into calm plazas and pristine green spaces.

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Some even filter into campus squares and university courtyards.

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Bunkyo District makes each of them easy to get to.

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[Bunkyo is] a residential neighborhood with various shops, restaurants, sports clubs, pubs and supermarkets only a short walk away."

The Entertainment of Champions: Tokyo Dome City

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Between professional work and rigorous study, Bunkyo District's residents join Tokyo's masses in supporting their hometown team, the Yomiuri Giants, at Tokyo Dome.

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The dome does more than seat 50,000 fans.

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Tokyo Dome commemorates Japan's champions at the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Outside of Tokyo Dome, a veritable city of entertainment awaits.

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Shops, spas, restaurants, gaming centers, and amusement parks comprise Tokyo Dome City.

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Going, going, gone.

Yanaka Ginza: Where Trades Come Together

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Disembark the trains and subways at Nippori or Sendagi stations and take a short walk to Yanaka Ginza. A center of Shitamachi culture, Yanaka Ginza stretches between Bunkyo District and Asakusa and Ueno.

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Shitamachi culture, or the look and feel of traditional Tokyo, manifests inside Yanaka Ginza's fish mongers and tofu creators, confectioners and watch makers.

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Produce shops and barber shops squeeze together in Yanaka.

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Residents share their bottom floors with small business owners.

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Tastes of old Tokyo sell in Yanaka Ginza's sidewalk restaurants.

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The area feels lively and lived-in.

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It attracts domestic travelers with a love for Edo lore.

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To Edo.

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With love.

Bunkyo by Foot: A Historical Walking Route

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Together with Yanaka Ginza, Ya-Ne-Sen attracts domestic and international travelers to traverse its streets.

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Derived from the union of the Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi areas, Ya-Ne-Sen is one of Japan's most famous historical walkabouts.

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Evidence of Ya-Ne-Sen's historic roots still peeks from the streets.

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In many cases, small izakayas, local shops, and little parks now stand where temples once did.

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Traditions Preserved: Bunkyo District's Sacred Spaces

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Temples and shrines still dot Bunkyo District's local landscape.

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The Nezu and Yushima Tenmangu shrines welcome guests to spend time in silence and meditation.

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Throughout the year, students visit Yushima Tenmangu to seek good luck in their studies.

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Bunkyo District's Contemporary Conveniences

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A resident-friendly area, Bunkyo District fills with restaurants and convenience shops that cater to university students and family households.

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Traditional stores, stands, and eateries make room for trendy restaurants and shops.

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Creperies and juice stands blend with small izakayas and Japanese cafes.

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Everyday Accommodations In Bunkyo District

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Outside of its office buildings and famous entertainment complex, Bunkyo District remains mostly tame.

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Softly-curving apartment buildings and small houses populate its quiet streets.

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Park spaces and temples are hidden between alleyways and at the end of the road.

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Recreational spaces welcome outdoor activity.

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Green foliage contrasts bark-colored houses.

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Bushes become the public's backyard.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Raymond is a Travel, Lifestyle and Portrait photographer originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Growing up, his family lived in many places including Hokkaido, Japan. Influenced by his father, he took his first photography class at age fourteen. Later Raymond moved to New York and assisted the legendary photographer Steven Klein. Raymond splits his time between New York and Tokyo. His work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Travel + Leisure and many others. Over the span of his career he has shot thirty four countries.

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Masaru studied Photography at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. He has 25 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. After spending many years abroad, he has begun to focus on his own country of Japan. He established Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo in 2013, a curated membership gallery making multi-photographic activities possible. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, and many others.

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