Yōga, Tokyo

Yōga, Tokyo

is a neighborhood in Setagaya, Tokyo. Its name appears frequently in traffic reports because the junction between the Tomei Expressway and the elevated Shibuya branch (#3) of the Metropolitan Expressway system is there. There is also a stop, Yōga Station, on the Tōkyū Den-en-toshi subway line here. There is also a bus services (Tokyu Bus) and possible access to the area with numbers of busses.

Two traffic cameras on top of the SBS tower overlook the junction, the Yōga toll gate, and other parts of the neighborhood.

Offices in Yōga

Several major offices are in Yōga:

* Sun Microsystems has its Japan headquarters in Setagaya Business Square
* Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi, also in Setagaya Business Square
* Sumitomo 3M has its headquarters in Tamagawadai
* Kyocera has its Tokyo office in Tamagawadai


In the Edo period, Yōga was a post-town on the Ōyama Kaidō, a road connecting Edo and Ōyama Mountain in Sagami Province.


The name comes from Sanskrit root of the word "yoga". The Buddhist temple Shinpuku-ji chose the Sanskrit-derived appellation Yuga-san. The Sanskrit is also the root of the word "yoga" (योग→瑜伽→用賀).

Cultural context

Yoga is famous for its greenery with Kinuta park being located 10 mins from the Yoga station. Kinuta park is famous for its sheer size and healthy facilities of basketball court and swimming pool (25m and 50m, also a small pool for kids and diving pool). There is also Setagaya Bijutsukan (Setagaya Museum) with permanent collection of fine art of Japan and occasional special exhibitions within the park.

Yoga area is also known for its educational institutions with numbers of primary schools, junior high and high schools. Pehaps the most significnat of them all is Sakuramachi State Primary, which had biggest numbers of pupils in Setagaya-ku back in 1992-93 with more than 600 pupils.


Around the Yoga station is perhaps the most vibrant area of Yoga. It is a residential area after all and there are numbers of residential friendly facilities including large super markets (OK Store and Fuji supermarket) as well as smaller grocery stores, buthcer, off-licence, fish shops and etc..


* http://www.setagayaartmuseum.or.jp/

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