Boasting one of the world’s largest metropolitan economies—with the capacity to produce an annual domestic product of more than 1.6 trillion USD, and with a current GDP that’s growing much faster than economists predicted—Tokyo is a promising home for your business. Electronics, tech, finance, device manufacturing, printing, and retail are all promising industries, while the city’s vibrant cultural scene is a draw for fresh talent.
Whether you’re launching operations or opening a satellite office, putting down roots in Tokyo will set you on a trajectory to success. While Japanese venture capitalists have cash to invest in startups, there are fewer innovators clamoring for that money in Tokyo than in other startup hot spots. In fact, when foreign businesses choose to open a branch in Japan, about 75 percent of them end up landing in Tokyo.
To find the best Tokyo location for your next office space, it’s important to consider not only the sector you’re growing into, but also the businesses already in the area and the recreational needs of your team. Here are five neighborhoods to consider when opening office space in Tokyo.
An innovation hotspot
Located near the waterfront, the Minato district is the headquarters for several multinational firms including Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Google, making the district ideal for tech startups, financial agencies, and young professionals.
WeWork Shiroyama Trust Tower is bright and modern, designed to spark inspiration in startups and established teams alike. Glass-walled conference rooms afford you the privacy you need to focus, while beautiful, art-filled lounges are the perfect backdrop for making the connections this area is most known for.
Tokyo’s political center
Considered Tokyo’s political hub, Chiyoda also includes sites like the Imperial Palace and the National Museum of Modern Art—a fitting landmark for when business partners visit from out of town. Home to many of the clerical and management jobs that make up 42 percent of the city’s working population, Chiyoda is brimming with opportunity.
At the center of the action, WeWork Tokyu Yotsuya exhibits an industrial feel with exposed elements, bright lighting, and numerous, thoughtfully designed seating areas. Between private offices and modern conference rooms, you’ll find soundproof phone booths that are perfect for video conferences and private phone calls. Plus, the surrounding galleries, parklands, and cultural attractions make lunchtime a welcome reprieve.
A hub of entertainment
Known as the pulsing heart of the city, Shinjuku is the area you’re most likely to picture when you’re thinking about Tokyo. Bright neon lights, huge towering buildings, and crowds are what define Shinjuku—but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to work. Shinjuku is a tech expert’s dream and a designer’s inspiration.
WeWork Shinjuku Minamiguchi is a sleek, buttoned-up shared workspace, with a bit of glitz and glamour thrown in. There’s a small library on-site—perfect if you’re looking for a break between meetings. And you’ll find a vibrant selection of restaurants on the surrounding streets, which are ideal for celebrating team wins. Particularly popular with tech startups, this inspiring office space has everything you need to thrive.
Where culture meets commerce
Upscale and popular with corporate executives, expats, and politicians, Akasaka is the perfect landing spot for up-and-comers; young professionals searching for networking opportunities are sure to find luck in Akasaka. Between breweries and concert halls, high-end shops and other businesses, this is a lively neighborhood to establish your team.
WeWork Nogizaka offers a versatile range of hot desks and outdoor spaces, providing the perfect backdrop for collaboration and connection. When your workday becomes just a little too stressful, head to one of the building’s outdoor spaces and breathe your way through a yoga practice or hold a one-on-one with a team member. The building is also dog-friendly and has micro-roasted coffee and frequent social events.
A community of creatives
One of Tokyo’s oldest commercial districts, Kyōbashi is the place for artisans and creatives; the area is brimming with art galleries and kabuki theaters.
At the heart of Kyōbashi, WeWork Tokyo Square Garden is great for freelancers as well as those who work remotely. Funky and bright with egg chairs and plants everywhere, the space is sure to keep you inspired while posted at the hot desks. Plus, meeting clients is simple with a large selection of bookable meeting rooms.
A charming city that boasts booming business alongside deeply rooted culture, Tokyo is an ideal location for your next venture—and with several shared offices across the city, WeWork has the space you need to start your new business or grow your existing staff.