Minato District

Home to more corporate headquarters and foreign embassies than any other area in Tokyo, Minato District means business.

By day, crowds of the rich-but-not-famous ascend Minato District’s glittering skyscrapers on elevators destined to the top. By night, crowds of rowdy power suits wind down in this Tokyo Bay neighbor’s shining bars, clubs, and lounges. Stretching from the floating shopping complexes on man-made Odaiba Island to the entertainment district of Roppongi, Minato District makes it its business to play hardball, whether in the boardroom, at the dinner table, or on the dance floor.

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On the Map

Minato District is bordered by Roppongi Hills, Shiodome, Ginza, Hibiya, Tsukiji, Roppongi, Ebisu/Daikanyama, Akasaka, Aoyama, Tsukishima, Shibuya, Odaiba, Chūō District, and Chiyoda District

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Haneda Airport: 25 minutes by car or 30 minutes by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour 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: 10 minutes walk

Polished and On Point In Central Tokyo

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Big magnates carry out tall orders in Minato District, a sea of corporate buildings and glass ceilings near Tokyo Bay.

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High-rises scrape the sky and wide sidewalks make space for commuters during business hours.

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In Minato District, everything is sleek, shiny, and manicured.

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Although the neighborhood is professionally tended to, it doesn't feel pretentious or overbearing.

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It simply takes its luxury as seriously as it takes its business.

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In Minato District, luxury is something to work for.

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It pays off royally.

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Pixel
The neighborhood is really nice with a lot of buzz, and pretty central - ideal if you want to be able to get around but would like something a little less hectic than Shibuya."

laura

Visited in 2013

Minato District: From the Workday to the Nightlife

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Little rectangles become illuminated upon Minato District's skyscrapers as the light of day fades and workers begin to loosen their ties for the evening at Minato District's restaurants and bars.

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Minato District's nightlife is as directed as its professional life.

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Bars, clubs, and lounges stay open late night for the city's visiting CEOs.

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No matter how much fun you have at night, Minato District's skyline serves as a constant reminder.

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There will be work in the morning.

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For truly rowdy outings, capsule hotels offer convenient lodgings to rest your head before tomorrow begins.

Pixel
The neighborhood is a bit posh (Lamborghini has a showroom in walking distance) and some of the nearest restaurants are pricey (although very delicious), but as I mentioned before, it is quiet and super safe. I think Tokyo must be among the safest cities in the world!"

Philipp

Visited in 2013

Minato District: From the Boardroom to the Dining Room

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Business moguls take their meetings outside of the office to settle deals at the dining table.

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Most of Minato District's restaurants are professional-ready.

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They feel sleek, chic, and savvy.

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Pixel
It's so central and easy to get to everything on the subway. So many great little bars and restaurants as well! We really enjoyed our stay here."

Gian

Visited in 2013

Casual Diversion In Minato District

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Not all of Minato District is towering business.

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Akasaka Sakasu, Tokyo Broadcasting System's multipurpose complex, offers laid-back entertainment away from meeting rooms and power lunches.

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The complex combines outdoor lounge areas and indoor diversions like music venues, art galleries, theatres, and boutiques.

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International Relations: Foreign Embassies In Minato District

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In Minato District, the number of foreign embassies seems to rival the number of international corporations.

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Countries from Nicaragua to Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland make their foreign homes in Minato District.

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Pixel
The area is in a nice neighborhood away from the frenzy of some Tokyo areas, but within easy reach (walk, metro, bus)."

Mathilde

Visited in 2013

Travel and Leisure: The Island of Odaiba

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The artificial island of Odaiba awaits visitors from Minato District on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

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Redeveloped in the 1990s as a destination for commercial, leisure, and entertainment activities, Odaiba has attracted the eye of more than shoppers and event planners.

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When the 2020 Olympic Games torch arrives in Tokyo, the Olympic Village and several sporting arenas will float upon the island of Odaiba.

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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