Living in Tokyo

Tokyo is one of the largest cities in the world. It is served by two international airports (Haneda and Narita), both of which provide easy access to the city.

Tokyo is a dynamic mixture of modernity and tradition: the latest technology and historical crafts; buildings of modern design sit side-by-side with ancient temples; the bustling metro compared to peaceful parks and gardens. Living in Tokyo is a new experience every day. The city has become increasingly multicultural in the last 15 years, and there are now approximately 500,000 foreigners living in Tokyo (based on 2018 statistics).


Tokyo is considered to be one of the safest cities in the world. While necessary precautions should be taken as in any other urban area, there are considerably less theft and crime compared to other urban areas around the world.


Originally called Edo, Tokyo became the political center of Japan in 1603, and replaced Kyoto as the capital of Japan in 1868. For a more detailed history, please see the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's website (External Link).


The transport system throughout Tokyo is punctual, convenient and relatively inexpensive. The substantial number of trains, taxis and buses that run around the city make it easy to move around Tokyo at any time of the day or night.

The nearest station to the Komaba Campus is "Komaba Todai-mae Station" on the Keio Inokashira Line. Trains run from about 5am until midnight. Komaba campus is just a five-minute train ride away from both Shibuya and Shimo-kitazawa stations.

Shibuya is a vibrant, bustling district with many restaurants, cafes and shops and is very popular among young people. It is also one of the major hubs for the Tokyo rail system, providing easy access to the rest of Tokyo and beyond.


It is possible to find all types of cuisine in Tokyo. For example, Shibuya has many restaurants preparing every style of world food imaginable. In addition, supermarkets in Shibuya and Shimo-kitazawa sell a wide range of products from around the globe (as well as Japanese specialties).

On campus, the cafeterias offer lunch and dinner at very reasonable prices. Food can also be purchased at the Co-op Shop and there are many other eateries and food stands both on and off of campus.

In addition, Shibuya and Shimo-kitazawa have lots of supermarkets, fresh food shops and numerous eateries serving various kinds of food.