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The JR loop severs the district into two districts. Higashi (East) Gotanda lies inside the Yamanote loop, while Nishi (West) Gotanda is outside the loop. Nishi-Gotanda is largely residential, with moderately sized apartment buildings close to the JR station and quiet leafy streets in the outlying reaches. Higashi-Gotanda is home to Seisen University, NTT Medical Center Tokyo, several temples and shrines, and many office buildings. Higashi-Gotanda also has a substantial number of hotels, including some of the famed capsule hotel style. The sprawling world headquarters of Sony used to be found along Sony Dōri the eastern edge of Higashi-Gotanda, but most of the complex has moved to adjacent Shinagawa, Minato Ward.
One of Tokyo's busy major avenues (Sakurada Dōri — a part of National Route 1) passes through both halves of Gotanda, carrying traffic between the inner business districts ringing the Imperial Palace grounds and the outlying areas of Shinagawa-ku, Ōta-ku and beyond that the city of Yokohama.
- Central Inn Gotanda (capsule hotel)
- Gotanda Arietta Hotel
- HOTEL MYSTAYS Gotanda, HOTEL MYSTAYS Gotanda Station
- HOTEL ROYAL OAK Gotanda
- Hotel Sunroute Gotanda
- Keio Presso Inn Gotanda
- Mitsui Garden Hotel Gotanda
- Ryokan Sansuiso (ryokan)
- Tokyu Stay Gotanda (apartment hotel)
- Embassy of the Republic of Belarus
- Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
- Embassy of the Republic of North Macedonia
- Consulate General of the Federative Republic of Brazil in Tokyo
- Consulate General of the Republic of Peru in Tokyo
Educational and research institutions
- "Sony Considers Sale of Properties Including Former Headquarters". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2010-06-23.