Meguro District

Convenient, cozy, and quietly hip just south of inner Tokyo's transportation circle.

Quietly residing just beyond the city’s inner circle, Meguro District attracts commuters, families, and artists who appreciate subtle charms over sonorous environs. Tokyoites tend to visit Meguro District’s most famous local destinations, the hip enclave of Nakameguro and the canal along the Meguro River. Despite its far-away residential feel, Meguro District never seems out of touch. Organic cafes, famous izakayas, repurposed vintage shops, and musty must-see bookstores generate enough buzz to sustain this understatedly cool neighborhood.

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On the Map

Meguro District is bordered by Nakameguro, Ebisu/Daikanyama, Shimokitazawa, Shibuya, Shibuya District, Minato District, Shinagawa District, Setagaya District, and Ota District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Haneda Airport: 35 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour & 10 minutes by car or 1 hour & 40 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 25 minutes by public transit
Ueno Station: 40 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 30 minutes by public transit

Friendly Suburban Pace Outside the City Center

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Just outside of Tokyo's Yamanote Line train loop, Meguro District makes city living more affordable than its in-the-center counterparts.

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An easy commute to and from the Yamanote Circle, numerous train stations dot the district's low-key landscape.

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Despite its two-stop proximity to the incessantly busy Shibuya, Meguro District feels worlds away.

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The neighborhood's local stores contrast Shibuya's crowded malls and plazas. Shops squeeze between Yutenji and Jiyugaoka stations and nestle into Nakameguro.

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Meguro District celebrates the simple life.

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It's calm walks instead of costumed performers.

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It's a good bookshop instead of a glittering department store.

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It's an early evening.

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The neighborhood is awesome - tons of little shops, restaurants, bars, cafes. I spent a couple days just wandering around there..."

Heewa

Visited in 2012

Coveted Tranquility: Life Along the Canal

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Cherry blossom season might be Meguro District's most becoming attraction.

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Food stalls open their windows and outdoor seating starts to fill up along the canal during March and April.

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A walk along the canal begins to feel like a walk through a European village.

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Its beguiling quietude supports Meguro District's affinity for simplicity.

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Words not necessary.

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A beautiful neighbourhood close to a lot of great bars, places to eat, and things to do and see."

Daryl

Visited in 2013

Nakameguro: Meguro District's Hippest Destination

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Literally on the edge of inner Tokyo, Nakameguro is Meguro District's cutting-edge destination.

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The enclave's explicit style stands out from the rest of commuter-friendly Meguro proper.

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Trendy cafes, boutiques, and galleries quickly fill any empty space in Nakameguro.

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Meguro District's oldest shopping street, Nakameguro Ginza, still serves as one of the area's main avenues.

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Repurposed, reused, and recycled finds blend with brand new establishments along the corridor.

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Although very central, it still has a local feel to it. Millions of restaurants around it, Meguro is famous for its dining."

Meguro District's Residential Coves

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Meguro District's center-city proximity and laid-back attitudes endear it to its residents.

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From families to fashionable makers, doers, and thinkers, there is an area in the district suited for everyone—so long as they aren't seeking a fast pace.

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Commuters appreciate its hyper-accessible train stations.

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Style connoisseurs congregate in Nakameguro.

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Younger inhabitants increasingly find their nooks in the neighborhoods between Yutenji and Jiyugaoka station.

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Everyone equally seems to enjoy sakura, the Japanese custom of admiring cherry blossoms.

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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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