Top Stations by Lowest Rent: 30 Minutes Direct to Tokyo Station

In previous articles, we ranked the least expensive stations in Tokyo’s 23 wards and the least expensive stations for getting to Shinjuku Station in thirty minutes or less.

In this article we rank the top ten stations, by lowest rent, for getting directly to Tokyo Station in thirty minutes or less. Tokyo Station is the main inter-city station in Tokyo. It is served by the shinkansen (bullet train), as well as seven JR lines and the Marunouchi subway line. Apparently, 3,000 trains go through Tokyo Station every day, making it busiest station in Japan.

This ranking is based on average market rent for 1R(oom), 1K (1 Room plus a Kitchen), and 1DK (1 Room plus a Dining room and Kitchen) apartments located within a 15-minute walk of the station.

The JR Keihin-Tohoku line takes top honors for having five of the top ten stations on the list.

#1 Kasai Rinkai Koen

Tokyo, Edogawa ward
Average rent: 61,200yen per month
Minutes to Tokyo Station: 13
Line: JR Keiyo

Only a 1-minute walk from the eponym of the station is Kasai Rinkai Koen, one of the largest parks in central Tokyo and was built on reclaimed land. Kasai Rinkai Koen offers visitors wide-open grassy fields, a seabird sanctuary, an aquarium and an artificial beach, all within a 15-minute direct train ride from Tokyo Station. The park also has a giant 117-meter ferris wheel, which lights up at night in a diamond and flower pattern much loved by locals.

Ferris wheel at Kasai Rinkai Park. Photo: Gotokyo.org

Ferris wheel at Kasai Rinkai Park. Photo: Gotokyo.org

One thing to keep in mind about the JR Keiyo line (on which Kasai Rinkai Koen station is located) is that it is about a ten minute walk from the other platforms at Tokyo Station.

Listings start from 50,000yen range.

#2 Maihama

Chiba prefecture, Urayasu city
Average rent: 63,300yen per month
Minutes to Tokyo Station: 17
Line: JR Keiyo

Maihama Station south exit. Photo: Wikipedia

Maihama Station south exit. Photo: Wikipedia

JR Maihama Station is probably best known as the stop where you get off to go to Tokyo Disney Resort. Again, as with #1 Kasai Rinkai Station above, remember to account for the approximately 10-minute walk from the JR Keiyo line platform to other platforms at Tokyo Station.

Listings start from the mid-60,000yen range.

#3 Ichikawa

Chiba prefecture, Ichikawa city
Average rent: 63,400yen per month
Minutes to Tokyo Station: 19
Line: JR Sobu Main

Ichikawa city is a bedroom community about 20 kilometers from the center of Tokyo. Besides the JR Sobu line, the city is also served by the the Keisei train line, and the Toei Shinjuku, Tokyo Metro Tozai, and Toei Asakusa subway lines.

Listings start from the mid-60,000yen range.

#4 Kawaguchi

Saitama prefecture, Kawaguchi city
Average rent: 66,700yen per month
Minutes to Tokyo Station: 30
Line: JR Keihin-Tohoku

Kawaguchi city is located on the northern bank of the Arakawa River in Saitama prefecture. It is also a major bedroom community, with good shopping near the station. There is also direct bus service from the station to the Aeon Mall, located about 5 minutes away.

Listings start from the mid-30,000 yen range.

#5 Shin-Koiwa Station

Tokyo, Katsushika ward
Average rent: 67,700yen per month
Minutes to Tokyo Station: 15
Line: JR Sobu Main

A few years ago Shin-Koiwa station made local news, as reported by Japan Today, for being the location of a spate of suicides, but officials have made efforts to deal with the issue, including the installation of platform doors.

Listings start from the mid-50,000yen range.

#6 Higashi Jujo

Tokyo, Kita ward
Average rent: 73,400yen per month
Minutes to Tokyo Station: 24
Line: JR Keihin-Tohoku

Listings start from the mid-50,000yen range.

#7 Asagaya

Tokyo, Suginami ward
Average rent: 74,800yen per month
Minutes to Tokyo Station: 24
Line: JR Chuo Rapid

Asagaya is located in Suginami, a western ward of Tokyo, but makes the Top 10 list for getting to Tokyo station, in the east, thanks to the efficiency of the JR Chuo Rapid line, which zips east-west across the city.

Listings start from the low-50,000yen range.

#8 Akabane

Tokyo, Kita ward
Average rent: 75,900yen per month
Minutes to Tokyo Station: 19
Lines: JR Tohoku Main, Takasaki, Keihin-Tohoku, Shonan-Shinjuku, Saikyo

A shopping arcade "Akabane Ichiban Gai" near Akabane station.

A shopping arcade “Akabane Ichiban Gai” near Akabane station.

Akabane station is a main commuter hub in northern Tokyo. There is a lot of good shopping near the station including a big Seiyu supermarket on the east side and several shopping malls on the west. Akabane station is between #4 Kawaguchi and #6 Higashi Jujo, above, on the Keihin-Tohoku line.

Listings start from the high-40,000yen range.

#8 Kami-Nakazato

Tokyo, Kita ward
Average rent: 75,900yen
Minutes to Tokyo Station: 19
Line: JR Keihin-Tohoku

Listings start from the high-50,000yen range.

#10 Ouji

Tokyo, Kita ward
Average rent: 76,000yen
Minutes to Tokyo Station: 20
Lines: JR Keihin-Tohoku

Oji Station is also served by the Namboku subway line. Oji is known as a popular hanami (cherry blossom viewing) area and also for Oji shrine, one of the most important shrines in Tokyo and has historic connections to paper making and rice growing.

Oji station, Kita ward, Tokyo. Photo: Wikimapia

Oji station, Kita ward, Tokyo. Photo: Wikimapia

Oji is between #6 Higashi Jujo and #8 Kami-Nakazato, above, on the Keihin-Tohoku line.

Listings start from the low-60,000yen range.

Article updated January 16, 2016

Data source: SUUMO

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