1. KichijojiKichijoji is (almost always) voted the best place to live in Tokyo (local opinion polls). It's a great university town with a huge park and a relaxed atmosphere. It's the type of neighborhood where mothers with young children shop with friends.
2. AzabuAzabu is the most expensive residential neighborhood in Tokyo. It's the home of the rich and famous. There are numerous foreign embassies in the area. The Azabu area is known for its cafes, international cuisine and thriving art and music scene.
3. JiyugaokaIt always feels like Sunday afternoon in Jiyugaoka — even on Friday night. A relaxed neighborhood where you'll find residents playing chess on warm summer evenings along a sakura tree lined boulevard.
4. HirooHiroo is a quiet residential neighborhood that's centrally located next to Shibuya, Ebisu, Roppongi and Azabu. Hiroo has some of Tokyo's highest land prices.
5. DenenchofuDenenchofu was developed in 1907 by Japanese industrialist Shibusawa Eiichi. Eiichi is considered the father of Japanese capitalism. He was involved in founding over 500 corporations — many of which are still amongst Japan's largest companies.
Denenchofu was modeled after the garden suburbs of London. Today it's the home numerous celebrities, politicians, sports stars and business leaders.
6.YoyogiOverall, Tokyo isn't a very green place. It's little wonder that the most in-demand residential areas in the city are near parks. Yoyogi is a relatively quiet residential area that features a large (not so quiet) park. It's sandwiched between the two busiest neighborhoods in Japan: Shinjuku and Shibuya.
7. NakameguroNakameguro is a riverside (Meguro river) neighborhood filled with charming cafes and restaurants. The Meguro river looks like a urban canal with high stone walls. It's lined with some of the city's most impressive sakura.
8. OmotesandoOmotesando is the fashion district of Tokyo where top designers, modeling agencies and brands have offices. It's also a posh shopping and entertainment area. Apartments in the area are much sought after.
9. EbisuEbisu is known for it's small pleasant restaurants, izakaya, pubs and standing bars (tachinomi). It's also well known for the massive Ebisu Garden Place — designed as a city within the city (offices, residential, shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural attractions all with one complex).
10. Futako-tamagawaIn 1969, Takashimaya built a large upscale department store in sleepy Futako-tamagawa. It was Japan's first suburban department store. Land prices shot up immediately. Today, the area has many massive homes owned by Tokyo's elite. In recent years, several highrise condominium (manshon ~ マンション) buildings have been constructed in the area. The penthouse apartments in these buildings made headlines when they sold for prices not seen in Tokyo since the economic bubble of the 1990s.
11. MeguroMeguro in an old neighborhood of older families that has been inhabited since prehistoric times. It's a convenient and culturally-rich downtown location.
12. ShimokitazawaTokyo's 50 year building boom has somehow passed Shimokitazawa by. Shimokitazawa is an old neighborhood that's popular with Tokyo hipsters. It's a fascinating area that's unmistakably cool.
13. DaikanyamaDaikanyama is known for its chill style, luxurious boutiques, restaurants and cafes. There are several embassies in Daikanyama that add an international flavor to the place.
14. KoenjiLike Shimokitazawa, Tokyo's building boom has largely skipped Koenji. It's a charming, authentic neighborhood that's popular with hipsters. It's also home to one of Tokyo's best summer festivals: the Koenji Awa Odori.
15. GaienmaeGaienmae is an upscale fashion district sandwiched between similarly posh districts Omotesando and Aoyama-Itchome. Gaienmae's Icho Namiki Dori is amongst the best known streets in Japan — it's a gingko tree lined boulevard known for its autumn colors.
Gaienmae is also a major business district. For example, it's home to Oracle's Japanese head office (Oracle Aoyama Center).
16. IkebukuroAs late as 1931 Ikebukuro was a village (that wasn't considered part of Tokyo). It's a testament to Tokyo's rapid growth that Ikebukuro is now considered part of downtown Tokyo.
Today, Ikebukuro is one of Tokyo's largest shopping and entertainment districts. It has a downtown feel and a reasonably good reputation as a place to live (i.e. considered a better residential area as compared with other large downtown neighbourhoods such as Shinjuku).
17. Aoyama-ItchomeAoyama-Itchome is a fashion and office district centrally located next to Roppongi. It's a quiet area that features parks and a large cemetery (Aoyama bochi). The headquarters of Honda is located in Aoyama-Itchome.
Many of Tokyo's oldest (wealthiest) families live in Aoyama-Itchome. Houses in the area are rarely put on the market. It's amongst the most expensive land in Japan.
18. AsakusaAsakusa is an old area of Tokyo known for its geisha tea houses, ryokan and Tokyo's oldest temple: Sensoji. Asakusa scores highly in resident satisfaction polls (especially in the category of residents who've lived in the neighborhood 5 years or more). In other words, the residents of Asakusa like their neighborhood.
19. NakanoNakano is the most densely populated neighborhood in Japan. That makes it high in the running for the most densely populated spot on earth. Despite the highly urban environment it's often rated amongst the best places to live in Tokyo.
20. SangenjayaSangenjaya is the largest residential neighborhood in Setagaya-ku (Tokyo's most populous district). It's known for its tightly packed urban landscape of wooden houses. Sangenjaya seems locked in time. It has shops that offer fishing from a large water tank or that sell nothing but blocks of ice. It's a close knit community where people know their neighbors.
21. NerimaNerima is a suburban neighborhood 10 minutes from downtown Tokyo (Ikebukuro). Unlike the other neighborhoods on this list it isn't particularly expensive or glamorous. It's a good place to raise a family. It ranks highly in polls of resident satisfaction.
Nerima is home to a large number of animation studios. It's also the fictional home of Japan's favorite gadget cat from the future: Doraemon. Doraemon tops the list of Japan's best known cartoon characters.