Countless people want to live in Toyko, Japan’s largest city. The city is bustling with countless interesting events and is a major influence not just on the rest of Japan but the global community as well. As a result, many people around Japan, especially young people living in rural areas want to move to Tokyo to start new careers. But given the sprawling size of this modern metropolis, where is the best place to live in the Greater Tokyo Area?
Every year, the 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 publishes the voting rankings. In the 2018 survey, a total of 7,000 people were interviewed, each respondent aged 20 to 49 and who lived in the Kanto area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, and Ibaraki prefectures)
In most survey years, Kichijoji is the favorite to win thanks to its high appeal for families, but in 2018 it was dethroned by a different spot in Kanto. Let’s find out more about this popular city that placed first in the rankings for the first time.
Yokohama in Kanagawa was ranked as the number one most desirable place to live in the Kanto region based on 2018’s survey results. After many years of hanging in the top 3, Yokohama finally bested more popular winners like Kichijoji and Ebisu to come out on top.
Since the size of the survey sample was increased from 4,000 to 7,000 respondents for 2018’s survey, it’s difficult to directly make comparisons to previous ranking results. According to the report of the company, more than half of the votes for Yokohama came from residents of Kanagawa Prefecture. Yokohama was also popular with interviewees from Tokyo and Saitama prefectures as well.
Yokohama is a desirable place to live for two reasons:
Firstly, it has a convenient transportation network. A total of 11 train lines serve Yokohama, including some Japan Railway (JR) and private railway lines, such as the Yokohama Line, the Tokyu Toyoko Line, and the Minatomirai Line. The railway network is wide and extends to Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. You can go to Shinjuku from Yokohama by train in just 30 minutes without having to transfer.
The other reason is that Yokohama is a popular sightseeing spot with lots of facilities for visitors. 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 means residents are 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 thinking to moving to Japan to live in the Tokyo area, why not consider Yokohama as your place to stay?