Average Rent in Western Tokyo Cities – Including Hachioji, Machida, Mitaka

Tokyo is a sprawling metropolis and average rent varies widely. Generally speaking, the further away you go from the city center, the lower the rent.

So when you are apartment hunting in “Tokyo” you might hear that you can save on rent by living outside the central six wards or outside the Yamanote line, or better yet, outside the 23 Wards altogether.

What exactly are the Tokyo western suburbs?

Most of the Tokyo Metropolis ((東京都 Tōkyō-to) consists of the mainland areas: the Tokyo 23 Wards lying to the east and the Tama area, to the west. On Real Estate Japan, we sometimes refer to the Tama area as the the Tokyo western suburbs.

In addition to the 23 Wards, Tokyo includes 26 more cities (市-shi), five towns ( -chō or machi), and eight villages ( -son or -mura).

Tokyo Metropolis, including western suburban cities, towns, and villages. Source: Wikipedia

The majority of foreigners living in Tokyo, 439,959 (as of 2018) or 84.4% live in the Tokyo 23 Wards.

How popular are the western suburbs?

About 15.6% of the total foreigner population of Tokyo lives in the Tama western suburbs. The five most popular western suburban cities are: Hachioji (with a foreigner population of 12,219), Machida (5,852), Kodaira (4,998), Fuchu (4,940), and Nishi-Tokyo (4,309).

What is the average rent in the Tokyo western suburbs?

The table below details the average rent by apartment layout in the 26 cities in the western suburbs of Tokyo.

As explained in detail in this article (What is the average rent in Tokyo?), there are many factors that go into setting rent levels, including the size of the apartment, layout (whether it’s 1R studio or 1LDK with an actual bedroom), and distance to the nearest station, among others.

Looking at average rent citywide, one of the main determinants of rent is geography: how far the property is from the center of Tokyo, generally defined as the six central wards, which together have the highest average rent in all of Tokyo: Minato, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Bunkyo, Chiyoda, and Chuo.

Average rent by layout for 26 cities in Tokyo western suburbs. Source: National Association of Real Estate Transaction Associations (全国宅地建物取業協会連合会), July 2020

The further west you go, the lower the rent

We can see from the data that in general, the further you go from central Tokyo, the lower the rent.

The table below ranks the 26 cities in western Tokyo by lowest to highest average rent for a 1R apartment

Top 5 least expensive cities in western Tokyo, by average rent for 1R apartment

  1. Ome
  2. Hamura
  3. Higashiyamato
  4. Kiyose
  5. Hachioji

Click on the link to see For Rent properties in each city. The listings on Real Estate Japan generally follow these price trends and in many cases, you’ll be able to find apartments for less than the average rent listed in the table below.

City Average Rent
for 1R in JPY
Approx Distance
to Shinjuku Station in km
Ome 30,300 64.9
Hamura 32,900 48.2
Higashiyamato 34,700 36.1
Kiyose 37,100 27.0
Hachioji 37,400 39.4
Fussa 38,700 43.0
Musashimurayama 39,500 47.1
Kodaira 40,800 28.0
Machida 40,900 40.3
Akishima 41,300 39.2
Higashimurayama 42,800 22.7
Tama 43,800 27.6
Hino 44,300 31.1
Nishi Tokyo 44,400 19.2
Higashi Kurume 44,600 19.0
Akiruno 45,000 45.2
Inagi 45,000 21.4
Kokubunji 46,300 32.0
Fuchu 46,900 24.6
Koganei 47,100 24.1
Kunitachi 49,000 27.7
Tachikawa 49,100 33.5
Chofu 50,100 18.5
Mitaka 56,000 14.1
Komae 57,500 17.0
Musashino 59,300 13.5

For people who like to see data in graphical form…

The graph below correlates distance from JR Shinjuku Station to each of the 26 western cities.

How much can you save in rent?

If you look only at the overall numbers, you can save significantly on rent by living in the western suburbs, as opposed to the Tokyo 23 Wards.

What is the percentage difference in average rent by layout in the western suburbs versus the 23 Wards?

  • 1R: -38.5%
  • 1K, 1DK: -43.2%
  • 1LDK, 2K, 2DK: -44.5%
  • 2LDK, 3K, 3DK: – 51.6%
  • 3LDK, 4K, 4DK: -57.0%
  • 4LDK: -66.3%

What would you be giving up (if anything)?

These are indeed eye-popping percentages, but there’s a reason that rent is less expensive in the suburbs. In general, housing here is less desirable because many people who live in these so-called bedroom communities are commuting to work or school in central Tokyo.

And the commute time is not for the faint of heart. For example, from the city of Ome (located about 64.9-km from JR Shinjuku Station) it is about an hour commute to Shinjuku Station. And, of course, that’s just to get to Shinjuku. Getting to your school or office may require another transfer or two.

The main “sacrifices” in living outside central Tokyo are time, convenience, and the many sights, sounds, shopping, dining, and entertainment options that central Tokyo offers.

However, these things are not necessarily on everyone’s must-have list. In fact, many people prefer to live in the western suburbs exactly so they don’t have to deal with the crowds on their days off (and to be closer to nature). Mt. Takao, for example, a popular day-trip and hiking spot for people who want to get out of the city on the weekend, is located in Hachioji.

Another important point to note is that although we’ve lumped the “26 western suburban cities” together to look at average rent levels, some of these cities are major transportation and commercial hubs unto themselves.

Cities like Hachioji, Machida, Chofu, Tachikawa and Musashino are very popular with single people, couples, and families who are looking for a calmer residential environment without giving up major urban conveniences.

Right around the North Exit of Hachioji Station you’ll find a variety of department stores, making it seem quite city-like for being almost 60 minutes away from downtown and 37-min direct to Shinjuku Station. Photo: Scott Kouchi

Average rent for a 1R, for 5 most popular western Tokyo cities (by number of foreign residents)

City or Station Average Rent
for 1R in JPY
% Difference in Rent v.
Shinjuku Station
Approx Distance
to Shinjuku Station in km
Hachioji 37,400 -63.8% 39.4
Machida 40,900 -60.4% 40.3
Kodaira 40,800 -60.5% 28.0
Fuchu 46,900 -54.6% 24.6
Nishi Tokyo 44,400 -57.1% 19.2
JR Shinjuku Station 103,400

Tokyo Area Guides

Read the in-depth area guides to learn more about the Tokyo western suburbs to see if they may be right for you!

Please click on the image to jump to the Tokyo Area Guides. Image: iStock

Lead photo: Takaosanguchi Station is a railway station on the Keio Takao Line in Hachioji , Tokyo. It is the main point of railway access to Mount Takao. Taken November 2016 via iStock.

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