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What is a 1LDK apartment? — Japanese Apartment 101 Guides

What exactly is a 1LDK apartment and what can you expect to see when you’re looking at a listing for one? If you need a crash-course or refresher on the basics of Japanese apartment abbreviations, check out our article on... More

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Hamamatsucho Area GuideHamamatsucho Area Guide

Hamamatsucho is a business district in centrally located Minato Ward, Tokyo, bordering Tokyo Bay. Residents can enjoy views of Odaiba, proximity to the Hamarikyu Gardens and great transportation options to downtown hotspots. Although generally under the radar for many apartment seekers due to its business-like environment, Hamamatsucho can offer a good balance between city conveniences and quick commute times and is a great location for short-term business stays.

Yoga Area GuideYoga Area Guide

A stone's throw away from Shibuya, Yoga is a quiet residential neighborhood located in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. It combines elements of city living, calm residential streets, and scenic nature. Nearby Kinuta Park provides residents with wide open green space. A great example of a balanced neighborhood within commuting distance to downtown Tokyo!

Tabata Area GuideTabata Area Guide

Tabata is a conveniently located residential neighborhood on the Yamanote line in Kita Ward, Tokyo. Relaxed and budget-friendly, with plenty of shopping near the station and easy access to Ikebukuro and Ueno.

Shimokitazawa Area GuideShimokitazawa Area Guide

Shimokitazawa is a small but vibrant neighborhood located in Setagaya Ward. Over the years it has garnered a reputation as a hip, trendy area frequented by young adults, thanks to its flourishing art and music scene. Located close to the large downtown hub of Shibuya as well, this area provides residents with plenty of livability and great commuting options.

Asakusa Area GuideAsakusa Area Guide

Asakusa is a history-rich neighborhood in the eastern part of Tokyo's 23 wards. An entertainment district in the Edo period, Asakusa retains much of the traditional look and feel of old Tokyo. Livability is high thanks to plenty of shops in the area. It is also near the major transportation hub of Ueno. However, flocks of visitors to Sensoji Temple might make it hard to find peace and quiet.

Kyoto Area GuideKyoto Area Guide

The charming city of Kyoto has a resident population of 1.5 million and perhaps exactly because of its historic and cultural treasures is the most popular destination for inbound tourists to Japan.

Tokyo Bay Area GuideTokyo Bay Area Guide

The Tokyo Bay Area offers great views of Tokyo across the waters of the bay. Luxury apartments in the area are an attractive option for families looking for clean, family-friendly neighborhoods, while nearby shopping centers add convenience and livability to the area.

Yokohama Station Area GuideYokohama Station Area Guide

Yokohama City is located in Kanagawa Prefecture, to the south of Tokyo. Yokohama Station is just 25 minutes from Tokyo Station, making it fairly easy to get between the two cities. The unique blend of commercial and entertainment developments along... More

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Tokyo Area GuidesTokyo Area Guides

Where should you live in Tokyo? Read our guides to Tokyo residential neighborhoods and find the right one for you!

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Iidabashi Area GuideIidabashi Area Guide

Iidabashi is an upscale commercial and residential neighborhood located in Chiyoda Ward, just north of the Imperial Palace. It is a major station served by five train and subway lines, but its residential neighborhoods are pleasant and relaxed. Iidabashi's location near the sakura tree-lined Kanda River walking path and nearby Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens give the area a classy, tranquil atmosphere.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Bunkyo Ward GuideBunkyo Ward Guide

Located just north of Tokyo's central wards, Bunkyo Ward is literally the capital of literature and learning in Tokyo and home to many universities. Its residential neighborhoods are off-the-radar, relaxed, and very convenient for getting to downtown business districts. These include Otsuka, Hakusan, Hongo, Kasuga, and Nezu.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Shinjuku Area GuideShinjuku Area Guide

Shinjuku is the name of a ward, neighborhood, and not just one but numerous train stations in Tokyo. In this guide, we focus on Shinjuku's main residential neighborhoods from Okubo's Korea Town to street-wise Kabukicho north of the station to gentrified Shinjuku San-Chome east, then south to the high-end but relaxed areas near Shinjuku National Garden and Yoyogi, and west to Nishi Shinjuku, Tokyo's Skyscraper District.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Kita Ward GuideKita Ward Guide

Kita Ward is literally "North Ward," located on Tokyo's northern border with Saitama prefecture. Major residential neighborhoods in Kita, like Jujo, Akabane, and Oji are very convenient residential and transport hubs. Its many green spaces and lower than average cost-of-living make it quite family friendly. Overall Kita is known for being working class and traditional, but the opening of the Lycée français international de Tokyo (French international school) in Takinogawa has raised the international profile of Kita.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Denenchofu Area GuideDenenchofu Area Guide

Denenchofu, located in Ota Ward, is known as Tokyo's "garden suburb" for its beautiful tree-lined streets, modeled on those of London. The architecture of Denenchofu is also unique in Tokyo because many of the single-family homes built here were inspired by neoclassical Western architecture. It has a reputation for being an enclave for the well-to-do, politicians, and celebrities of Japan, but its sophisticated and calm atmosphere also make it attractive for foreign residents who want these qualities in a residential neighborhood.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Aoyama Area GuideAoyama Area Guide

Aoyama is a popular entertainment and nightlife district in downtown Tokyo. It's home to a wide variety of shopping, dining, and high-end fashion. This trendy neighborhood is a popular place for fashion-forward individuals to explore, especially the many cafes packed into this area. Being so close to other stylish areas like Omotesando and Harajuku makes this a very popular area to live, while also being quite livable.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Katsushika Ward GuideKatsushika Ward Guide

Katsushika Ward is where you'll find prime examples of traditional Tokyo neighborhoods seemingly untouched by the modernization that has become characteristic of downtown Tokyo.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Jiyugaoka Area GuideJiyugaoka Area Guide

The sophisticated and cafe-laden neighborhood of Jiyugaoka in Meguro Ward remains one of Tokyo's most popular residential areas. Its proximity to a variety of city hubs (Shibuya, Shinagawa, Yokohama) is a plus for those who need to commute to downtown areas, but Jiyugaoka's European-inspired, pedestrian-friendly streets and stylish boutiques are what makes it unique as a residential neighborhood in Tokyo.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Futako-Tamagawa Area GuideFutako-Tamagawa Area Guide

Futako-Tamagawa is located in Setagaya ward, in southwestern Tokyo on the banks of the Tama River. It has enjoyed a surge in popularity as a residential neighborhood in the last few years, especially since the opening of the Futako-Tamagawa Rise residential and commercial complex in 2015. There are many reasons why this area ranks highly as a residential neighborhood: proximity to natural areas near the Tama River, the urban conveniences of the Rise development, and easy access to central Tokyo.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Toshima Ward GuideToshima Ward Guide

Toshima Ward located in northern Tokyo has two faces: the modern, redevelopment-focused area around Ikebukuro and slower-paced neighborhoods like upscale residential Mejiro, old-school Sugamo and the beautiful landscaped gardens near Komagome. It is also home to many major universities and a sizable population of international students.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Sangenjaya Area GuideSangenjaya Area Guide

Sangenjaya is a well-known residential neighborhood in Setagaya Ward. It is a unique and vibrant area that offers great livability for those who want to be less than 10-min away from Shibuya. Multiple 24-hr supermarkets, an abundance of dining options, and excellent access to downtown Tokyo are what appeal to apartment seekers the most. The laid-back residential vibe is great for families, and the wide selection of bars and restaurants at your doorstep is a bonus for singles.

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What is a 1LDK apartment? — Japanese Apartment 101 GuidesWhat is a 1LDK apartment? — Japanese Apartment 101 Guides

What exactly is a 1LDK apartment and what can you expect to see when you’re looking at a listing for one? If you need a crash-course or refresher on the basics of Japanese apartment abbreviations, check out our article on... More

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Japanese Apartment Layouts: Japanese Apartment 101 GuidesJapanese Apartment Layouts: Japanese Apartment 101 Guides

What is a 1LDK apartment? How is it different from a 1DK apartment? If you’re starting your Japanese apartment hunt and you’re getting bogged down by L’s and K’s, here’s our guide to understanding Japanese apartment layouts. Contents Abbreviations Layout... More

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Where do foreigners want to buy homes in Tokyo? January 2020 Top Station RankingWhere do foreigners want to buy homes in Tokyo? January 2020 Top Station Ranking

In this post, we present the Top 5 most popular stations for people searching for properties for sale on realestate.co.jp in January 2020. The ranking below is based on an analysis of property listings in the Tokyo 23 Wards that people viewed and... More

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Japan to Tighten Foreign Student Visa Screening as of April to Cut Down on Overstayers: List of CountriesJapan to Tighten Foreign Student Visa Screening as of April to Cut Down on Overstayers: List of Countries

The Immigration Services Agency of Japan has made public that as of April, it plans to apply stricter standards for student visa applications submitted by nationals of eighty countries in an effort to deal with the growing issue of visa... More

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Looking for an Apartment Tokyo: Top 11 Things First-Time Apartment Renters Regret Not AskingLooking for an Apartment Tokyo: Top 11 Things First-Time Apartment Renters Regret Not Asking

Finding your ideal apartment in Tokyo is no easy task. First is the language barrier. Most real estate agents in Japan do not speak English and housing discrimination against foreigners does exist. Even if you work with a bilingual real... More

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Ministry of Land Begins Flight Tests of New Haneda Airport Routes Over Central Tokyo: Noise ConcernsMinistry of Land Begins Flight Tests of New Haneda Airport Routes Over Central Tokyo: Noise Concerns

On February 2nd, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) began flight tests of large commercial passenger aircraft along the new Haneda Airport routes that are set to begin on March 29th. Currently, only landing routes flying over... More

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What can you buy for $170,000 or Less in Japan?What can you buy for $170,000 or Less in Japan?

In this installment in the “what can you buy” series, we take a look at what you can buy around Japan for about $166,000 (¥18,000,000) or less. Featured properties include two with excellent investment potential near the tourist-friendly neighborhoods of... More

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Where do foreigners want to buy homes in Tokyo? Here are the Top 5 Most Popular StationsWhere do foreigners want to buy homes in Tokyo? Here are the Top 5 Most Popular Stations

In this post, we present the Top 5 most popular stations for people searching for properties for sale on realestate.co.jp in 2019. The ranking below is based on an analysis of property listings in the Tokyo 23 Wards that people... More

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JR East to Test New “Easy Tap” Ticket Gates at Shinjuku and Takanawa Gateway Station with QR Code ReadersJR East to Test New “Easy Tap” Ticket Gates at Shinjuku and Takanawa Gateway Station with QR Code Readers

JR East plans to test new automated ticket gates designed to make it easier for passengers to scan their tickets, with separate touch panels for IC Card and QR Code tickets. The new ticket gates have also been designed to... More

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Older Apartments in Greater Tokyo Have a Banner Sales Year in 2019Older Apartments in Greater Tokyo Have a Banner Sales Year in 2019

Sales of previously owned (re-sale) apartments in the greater Tokyo area had a record-breaking year in 2019, with sales contracts hitting a new high and surpassing the 38,000-level mark for the first time. This is according to a recently released... More