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Location is obviously very important when deciding where to live or find a new apartment. Often you don't really have much of a choice, but when you do it's important to consider several things. Living in Japan is challenging enough, but your choice of location can make things easier (or more difficult). Here are a few things to consider if you find yourself living in Tokyo.


Before anything else, you should consider where you want to live in relation to where you want to work. These days a lot of people want to live closer to their jobs. Personally I'd like to be within a 10 minute bike ride from where I work, but I know other people who would prefer a longer train ride so they can wind down (and perhaps avoid seeing too many students in their lives outside of school). Transportation to and from school can take up a lot of your time. It's not uncommon to travel 2 hours door-to-door, one-way each day.


In exchange for that lengthy train ride into and out of Tokyo each day, people who suffer longer commute times also enjoy the benefit of having much larger housing with cheaper rent. Living in most areas of Tokyo can get very expensive. Housing gets more affordable as you get further away from the train station, but that also becomes a hassle as you travel to work each morning. You can usually find a very large place to live for a fraction of the cost if you are willing to spend several hours each day traveling to work on crowded trains.


One more thing you might consider when choosing a place within Tokyo has to do with those crowded trains. Most trains headed toward the downtown areas of Tokyo are incredibly crowded in the mornings, and equally as crowded in the opposite direction in the evenings. Consider yourself very lucky if you manage to find a) a job on the outskirts of Tokyo or in Chiba/Saitama/Kanagawa and b) housing closer to the middle of Tokyo. Think about how lovely each day would be if you could sit down on the train each morning and have a relaxing ride to work without all the stress of having a few elbows in your ribs.


If you can speak Japanese relatively well, visiting a few local apartment search companies in the area you'd like to find an apartment can be extremely useful. If not, grab a friend to help you out. Good luck finding a great place to live in the city!

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