Many people desire to live in Tokyo, Japan. The city is bustling with countless interesting events and a unique culture that influences not just the country but the rest of the world. Therefore, young people from all parts of Japan (especially rural areas), as well as foreigners, want to come to this city to start their new lives and pursue their dreams. However, given its massive size, where is the best place to live in or around Tokyo?
Every year, Recruit Sumai Company (株式会社リクルート住まいカンパニー), a large Japanese real estate company, conducts a survey on “The Most Desirable Place to Live in the Kanto Region” and comes up with a list of rankings. For the 2018 survey, a total of 7,000 people aged 20 to 49 living in the Kanto area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, and Ibaraki prefectures) were interviewed.
Usually, Kichijoji ranks 1st in the survey, but in 2018, the top spot was taken by a different place. Let’s find out more about this popular city that got first place for the first time!
For the year 2018, Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture ranked as the number one most desirable place to live in the Kanto region! After many years of being included in the top 3, usually placing 3rd along with Tokyo’s Kichijoji and Ebisu placing 1st and 2nd, respectively, Yokohama finally lands on top.
Since the number of people surveyed has increased from 4,000 to 7,000 in 2018, comparisons cannot be made with previous rankings. According to the report of the company, Yokohama was chosen by more than half of the interviewees from Kanagawa Prefecture as well as some interviewees from Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture.
Yokohama is a desirable place to live for two reasons:
First, it has a convenient transportation network. A total of 11 train lines serve Yokohama, including Japan Railways (JR) and private railways, such as the Yokohama Line, the Tokyu Toyoko Line, and the Minatomirai Line. The network is wide and it extends to Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. You can go to Shinjuku from Yokohama by train in just 30 minutes without having to transfer.
The second reason is that Yokohama is a popular sightseeing spot with lots of facilities. Aside from the plethora of fashionable shopping malls and outlets in the area, there are also historical and cultural spots such as Yokohama Chinatown and the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll along Yamashita Park and admire the city’s beautiful coastal night view. The wide range of activities available makes residents never bored of living in Yokohama.
It seems Yokohama meets the criteria for a good residential area, making it a popular choice among Japanese people. If you are planning to live in Japan, why not consider this wonderful place as well?