Where to Live in Japan?

in Life in Japan

Tokyo is the number one destination for many. However, it may not be the best place to live though it is where people wish to work and make money. It is very difficult to find a reasonable family apartment in less than 1500 USD in the central parts of Tokyo surrounded by the JR Yamanote line. Some of the cheaper areas can be found a bit outside of this central part. Cheaper accommodations can be found along the Seibu Ikebukuro line, Chuo line, west of Shinjuku, and around Ueno.



Chiba and western Tokyo are also a bit less expensive, but a lot of western Tokyo locations are on private lines and not much of Chiba is conveniently connected to Tokyo. Tsukuba is now connected by Tsukuba express line but it could be expensive. A private line could be expensive and a new ticket is to be purchased while changing to JR from subway lines.


 There are cheaper areas in Saitama such as Omiya and Kawaguchi and in Kanagawa such as Kawasaki and Yokohama, which are not far from Tokyo. If you can avoid Tokyo, the prefectures of Tochigi or Nagano, Ibaraki, Shizuoka, or Gunma would be some of the best places to live in Japan. Those places are surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings. Other important places are Kyoto, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Sendai. These places are somewhat crowded but not as bad as Tokyo.