Koto District

Koto District resembles a quiet suburb, especially when its corporate offices close for the weekend.

Built upon Tokyo Bay landfill, Koto District offers breathtaking waterfront views with a big perk: breathing room. Since the reclaimed land was formerly uninhabited, parks take up great expanses, streets stretch wider, and buildings stand farther apart (for Tokyo). Although Koto District is mainly residential, several corporations also call the area home. When the weekend arrives, so does the silence. Thanks to Tokyo Big Sight, the city’s renowned exhibition center, not all activity abates after office hours.

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On the Map

Koto District is bordered by Tsukishima, Odaiba, Chūō District, Sumida District, Minato District, Shinagawa District, and Edogawa District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

Haneda Airport: 25 minutes by car or 45 minutes by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour by car or 1 hour & 30 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 40 minutes by public transit
Ueno Station: 30 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 40 minutes by public transit

Koto District: A Quiet and Spacious Commuter Suburb

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Quiet and unassuming, Koto District feels mainly residential despite the presence of large corporate offices.

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Almost exclusively inhabited by families and those seeking respite from the tumultuous traffic of inner Tokyo, Koto District is replete with quiet landscapes.

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While many of Koto District's inhabitants commute into the city on the weekdays, some residents' journeys to work are surprisingly short.

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Numerous offices and corporate branches base themselves in Koto District and keep the neighborhood buzzing during work hours.

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After work and on the weekends, Koto District's small businesses and esteemed exhibition center assume the responsibility of enlivening the neighborhood.

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Built on Tokyo Bay landfill, Koto District is a relatively new neighborhood.

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Its contemporary structures reflect its youth.

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The area is quiet with attractive green spaces and a lot of water (Tokyo Bay and the channels between the islands of Toyosu/Odaiba/Ariake) - perfect if you want to go jogging by the water. It is very safe and has all amenities and perfect transport connections to all parts of Toyko."

Koto District's Attractions: Tokyo Big Sight and Ariake Complex

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Koto District's Ariake area generates considerable activity even after offices close for the weekend. Tokyo Big Sight's four inverted pyramids are just the beginning of Ariake's acclaim.

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Tokyo Big Sight is the city's largest international exhibition center.

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Business magnates, cultural historians, and foreign leaders fill its plazas and arenas.

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Ariake Coliseum draws cheering crowds to its indoor sporting arena.

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Ariake Tennis Forest Park attracts athletes working on their serves.

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Toyosu and Odaiba are nice areas to explore as well, beautiful Tokyo Bay view at night time."

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Visited in 2013

Art and Culture In Koto District

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Koto District's cultural attractions extend beyond its convention center.

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Tokyo's Museum of Contemporary Art makes its home in Koto District.

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Traditional cultural museums like Fukagawa Edo Museum contrast the sleek lines and modern objects of Koto District's contemporary institution.

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A Peaceful Suburban Pace Close to Tokyo's Core

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Although cosplayers have started to migrate from central Tokyo to perform in Koto District's plazas, the neighborhood remains peaceful and serene.

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It humbly boasts waterfront vistas, wholesome recreational spaces, lush parks, and the largest greenhouse in Tokyo.

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It's difficult to convince someone that Dream Island Park and Kiyosumi Garden were landfills not so long ago.

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We are across the street from Koto ward's biggest park, so you can enjoy jogging or walking in this peaceful haven."

Modern Amusements By Day and Night

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Koto District's suburban attitude emanates from its slightly-more-suburban layout.

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Restaurants and stores are often located within defined shopping centers.

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International chains dominate the landscape.

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Their stark fonts contrast with the organic appearances of Koto District's independent shops.

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Except for a few nightclubs and a 24-hour McDonald's, most of Koto District closes early.

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If you're looking for fun after dark, put your dancing shoes on.

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Koto District's nightclubs boast some of the city's largest dance floors.

Photography

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

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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