Tokyo's most educated neighborhood.
A small station situated between Takadanobaba and Ikebukuro along the Yamanote Line, Mejiro is quite the laid-back and easygoing spot for strolling around. It’s upscale yet understated, offering a bit of residential respite but not a whole lot else in terms of sightseeing.
Named after one of the “Goshiki Fudo” (Five Color Edo Fudo Temples), Mejiro Hill once served as the residence of the Japanese daimyo (feudal lords) and his retainers during the Edo Period. Because of this, the Mejiro area has historically been home to government officials and Japanese nobility. The area surrounding the hill is now a high-class residential district where many prestigious houses have been built.
Although it probably wouldn’t be considered a tourist spot in Tokyo, exiting the single ticket gate will drop you right onto Mejiro-dori, which is on the campus of the highly distinguished Gakushuin University. A busy row of shops, restaurants and cheap karaoke places line the station on the left side of the exit.
As you walk farther from the station, the wealthy area soon starts to give way to a quiet and peaceful mix of typical apartment buildings and eloquently designed luxury houses.
But what Mejiro is best known for is it’s academics. Gakushuin University was established as an educational facility for members of the Imperial family and members of the nobility in the Meiji Period, and you’ll find many other prestigious colleges and vocational schools in the area.
Mejiro is a great place to meet young college students who are either on their way home from class or heading out to blow off some steam after a long day of study – and college students in Japan know how to party.