Tokyo's expat district
Located southwest of the Japanese capital, Hiroo is a trendy district with a sizeable expat community.
Hiroo is a low-key neighborhood. Another of those in which we do not go spontaneously, very often forgotten from the pages of guides of all kinds. Especially when you know, it is the district where most embassies are located. What differentiates an embassy district from another more traditional community?
Find Hiroo in "Tokyo, the Ideal Guide," available at Japan Experience.
Dare to think outside the box
However, we advise you to visit it. First, it allows you to breathe and enjoy the calm after a walk in the busy streets of Shibuya. Indeed, Hiroo is located in the southwest of Tokyo, near the districts of Ebisu and Shibuya. If you often cross it by metro since the Hiroo station is situated on the Hibiya line. It crosses Tokyo from north to south and serves the famous Ginza, Ebisu, Ueno, or Akihabara districts. Another excellent reason to stop at this station so that it is no longer just a name displayed on a screen.
You will discover a wealthy district where many expatriates live but where you can, if you miss the croissants, savor some made in a French bakery.
See also: The Kagurazaka district.
A green district
Hiroo is also a very green district, thanks to the many children's playgrounds installed regularly. There are also a few parks, including the gigantic Arisugawa Garden, a former garden from the Edo period, which is over 67,000 square meters. Ponds connected by small bridges and a tennis or baseball field, the park is organized on several levels and offers visitors a little interlude of greenery.
Small restaurants and coffee shops are now appearing, making the area even more cosmopolitan. Another essential point, Hiroo being still relatively unknown, you can taste all the Japanese specialties without long lines or wait to be seated in a restaurant. A luxury when you travel to a city as big as Tokyo!
Address, timetable & access
TimetableHiroo Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line).