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Renting an Apartment in Japan: Top 3 Reasons Why December is a Great Time to Move

In this post, we share a not-so-secret hack for getting a bargain on an apartment Japan. If you have a choice, December is probably the best time in the whole year to move. Below we go over the Top 3... More

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Koto Ward GuideKoto Ward Guide

Koto Ward is a historically working-class industrial area of Tokyo where redevelopment projects on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay have created upscale, stylish commercial/residential neighborhoods on the waterfront.

Arakawa Ward GuideArakawa Ward Guide

Arakawa Ward is where you'll find many neighborhoods that still maintain the traditional city feel of Tokyo from the postwar era, providing residents with a calmer side of Tokyo that seem to move a bit slower than the busy downtown districts.

Adachi Ward GuideAdachi Ward Guide

Although Adachi Ward is known for having the lowest average rent of the 23 wards of Tokyo, redevelopments around Kitasenju provide residents with plenty of modern city life conveniences that should place it on any apartment seeker's list of areas to consider.

Shinagawa Ward GuideShinagawa Ward Guide

Shinagawa Ward presents two very distinct but livable categories of residential neighborhoods. The waterfront properties around the business districts offer luxury apartments. In the center of the ward, you can find a more laid-back residential environment.

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

Shinagawa Area GuideShinagawa Area Guide

Shinagawa is part international business hub, part upscale shopping/dining district, and part quiet residential neighborhood. There really is a difference in overall atmosphere depending on what area of Shinagawa you visit. Near the station you'll find many offices and even company headquarters, along the waterfront is redeveloped commercial/residential area that is known for its beautiful views of Tokyo Bay, and inland just a little bit you'll find pockets of calm neighborhoods that are within commuting distance to many business districts in Tokyo.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Nakano Ward GuideNakano Ward Guide

Nakano is primarily a residential ward located west of Shinjuku. It is home to Nakano Station, a major station and neighborhood on the JR Chuo and Tokyo Metro Tozai lines. There are two main residential areas in Nakano ward: Nakano which is... More

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Nerima Ward GuideNerima Ward Guide

Nerima Ward is located at the northwest of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. There isn’t any of the glitz and glamor of Shinjuku or Ginza in this ward, which means it’s quite calm, quiet, and affordable. It’s only a... More

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Shibuya Ward GuideShibuya Ward Guide

Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s central six wards and is home to some of the city’s most upscale commercial and residential districts, including Daikanyama, Ebisu, Harajuku, Hiroo, Omotesando, Sendagaya, and Yoyogi. Shibuya also refers to the commercial district surrounding Shibuya Station, one of Tokyo’s major hub... More

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Chuo Ward GuideChuo Ward Guide

Chuo Ward is one of Tokyo’s six central wards and consists of three main districts: Nihonbashi, Kyobashi, and Tsukishima.  The name “Chuo” refers to the location it holds within Tokyo (中央, chuo, means “center” in Japanese). This area comprises commercial... More

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Suginami Ward GuideSuginami Ward Guide

Located along the western edge of Tokyo's 23 Wards, Suginami Ward is a section of Tokyo that balances suburban and urban thanks to its neighborhoods with green parks while still being in proximity to downtown areas (Shinjuku and Shibuya).

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Setagaya Ward GuideSetagaya Ward Guide

Setagaya Ward spans a large amount of area (from the Tama River up to Shibuya Ward and Meguro Ward) and is well-known for being home to many of Tokyo's suburban and residential neighborhoods for those seeking a calmer side of Tokyo.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Meguro Ward GuideMeguro Ward Guide

Meguro is a predominantly residential ward, bordering Shibuya Ward to the south and located just west of the six central wards of Tokyo. It is known for its high-end residential neighborhoods, including Aobadai, Himonya, Takaban, and Kakinokizaka; and fashionable shopping areas... More

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Chiyoda Ward GuideChiyoda Ward Guide

While most of the land in Chiyoda Ward is reserved for the heart of Tokyo's government and business districts, its central location makes it ideal for those working in and around downtown Tokyo.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Shimbashi Area GuideShimbashi Area Guide

Shimbashi is a busy business district located in central Minato Ward, near Ginza and Toranomon. With eight train/subway lines converging at Shimbashi Station, it's one of the major transportation hubs in Tokyo. Shimbashi is a mix of old and new, as it lies next to modern redevelopments like Shiodome Caretta and Toranomon Hills while also retaining ties to history through Hamarikyu Gardens and the streets that convey nostalgic elements of an older Tokyo.

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Hiroo Area GuideHiroo Area Guide

Hiroo is a wealthy neighborhood in Shibuya Ward, home to many international embassies. This gives it a unique international twist that is quite special in Tokyo. Ex-pat families enjoy the livability in the area for its many international schools and English-friendly shops and services. It is distinctly calmer and quieter, but still as stylish as neighboring districts like Ebisu, Azabu Juban, and Minami-Aoyama.

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Ebisu Area GuideEbisu Area Guide

A foodie's paradise, Ebisu is famous for its wide range of dining options and the beautiful city-in-a-city of Yebisu Garden Place. Consistently ranked as one of Tokyo's most desirable residential neighborhoods, Ebisu is a high-end but laid back area situated near Shibuya and very popular with ex-pat residents. Proximity to the headquarters of many global companies, nearby embassies and ease of livability are major draws.

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Shirokane Area GuideShirokane Area Guide

The neighborhood of Shirokane is closely connected with wealth and luxury. The name is Japanese for platinum after all! This elegant, high-end residential area in Minato Ward is also well-known for the way natural greenery has been integrated into the city planning. This combination creates one of the most popular residential neighborhoods in Tokyo. Ongoing redevelopment near Shirokane Takanawa Station continues to increase the livability of the area.

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Yotsuya Area GuideYotsuya Area Guide

Yotsuya is a centrally located residential neighborhood in the southeastern corner of Shinjuku Ward. It has a relaxed, suburban vibe despite being a short train ride to major stations like Shinjuku, Tokyo, and Akasaka. The neighborhood is home to a number of iconic institutions, including Sophia University. For residents, one of the biggest perks of living in Yotsuya is being within walking distance to Shinjuku National Garden, one of Japan's top hanami (cherry blossom viewing) destinations.

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Yoyogi Area GuideYoyogi Area Guide

Yoyogi is a central Tokyo neighborhood which borders Shinjuku Station to the south and Shibuya Ward to the north. It is most well known for being home to Yoyogi Park and the National Stadium. It was the main venue for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and will also be the main hub for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Yoyogi also enjoys an enduring location as a high-end, family-friendly residential area that straddles the suburban residential neighborhoods of western and central Tokyo.

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Renting an Apartment in Japan: Top 3 Reasons Why December is a Great Time to MoveRenting an Apartment in Japan: Top 3 Reasons Why December is a Great Time to Move

In this post, we share a not-so-secret hack for getting a bargain on an apartment Japan. If you have a choice, December is probably the best time in the whole year to move. Below we go over the Top 3... More

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What can you buy for $150,000 or less around Japan?What can you buy for $150,000 or less around Japan?

In this installment in the “what can you buy” series, we take a look at what you can buy around Japan for about $146,000 (¥16,000,000) or less. To put this price point in perspective, the average sales price of a... More

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In this installment of the how to work in Japan series, we take a look at the flip side of researching average salaries in Japan, finding a job, and getting a work visa. No matter what country you work in or... More

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Japanese Income Tax Loophole Allowing Write-Offs for Overseas Property Investments to be ClosedJapanese Income Tax Loophole Allowing Write-Offs for Overseas Property Investments to be Closed

The government and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) plan to bring an end to a rule that allows people living in Japan to lower their income tax by investing in overseas real estate. Under the current rule, you can lower... More

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Have you ever felt discriminated against as a foreigner living in Japan? This is a question that certainly affects your quality of life and well-being in here. It’s also a major policy concern for Japan, as the country liberalizes its... More

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The average rent for an apartment in the Tokyo 23 Wards hit a new peak in October. Renters in the 23 Wards paid an average of ¥3,716 per square meter, a year-on-year increase of 5.4%. This means, for example, that... More

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Demand Soars for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village Apartments to be Repurposed as Private CondominiumsDemand Soars for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village Apartments to be Repurposed as Private Condominiums

It will be months before the 2020 Summer Olympic Games are due to bring intense international focus on Tokyo, but buyers interested in purchasing apartments in the Athletes Village aren’t waiting. HARUMI FLAG The buildings that will be used to... More

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Kyoto to require local resident acceptance of new hotels, to tackle “tourist pollution”Kyoto to require local resident acceptance of new hotels, to tackle “tourist pollution”

The city of Kyoto has announced a policy that will require new hotels and other lodging establishments to receive prior acceptance by local residents in order to operate. The new rules are slated to go into effect after the start... More

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What is the average annual salary bonus in Japan?What is the average annual salary bonus in Japan?

Bonuses are an important component of total compensation for most workers in Japan. When you move to Japan for a job, it’s important to understand how bonuses can affect your total annual salary so you can plan out your life... More