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Survey ranks the most desirable neighborhoods to live in Kansai region

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By Shannon, SoraNews24

Japanese real estate company SUUMO conducted its annual survey of residents in Japan’s western Kansai region (think Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Shiga, and Wakayama) to see which parts of the area are most desirable to live in. If you’re well-versed in your knowledge of Kansai, you’re sure to recognize all of these hot spots.

  1. Kyoto – 371 votes

  2. Okamoto – 385 votes

  3. Senri-Chuo (Osaka) – 399 votes

  4. Esaka (Osaka) – 399 votes

  5. Shukugawa (Nishinomiya) – 417 votes

  6. Tennoji (Osaka) – 481 votes

Despite the fact that Osaka’s Tennoji Station has a pretty unsettling station jingle, it’s a desirable place to live. It’s home to skyscrapers, greenery, and family-friendly blocks. There’s also a zoo, great eats, and some fine arts museums, making it culturally rich as well. And since it’s pretty central within the city of Osaka, it’s easy to get other places too.

  1. Namba (Osaka) – 553 votes

Namba is like the cool neighborhood: it’s got a bustling nightlife culture, an insanely cool-looking mall, and all the shopping you can handle. If you’ve taken a trip to Osaka, you’ve likely been here (hint: Glico Man). Think of it as living in a toned-down version of New York City – in a good way.

  1. Kobe Sannomiya – 695 votes

If Namba is the hub of Osaka, then Sannomiya is the heart of Kobe in Hyogo prefecture. It’s known as the entertainment district of Kobe city, and it’s got a gorgeous-looking Starbucks (because that’s on everyone’s list of priorities when moving, right?). The only trick is figuring out which Sannomiya Station you need to get to. There are six. Good luck!

  1. Umeda (Osaka) – 893 votes

You can’t get much more central than Umeda, and this is likely where you do some of your shopping when you visit Osaka. It’s also the endpoint of Kansai’s beloved Hankyu Railway, so it’s accessible to other parts of the area as well (including Sannomiya!). Oh, and don’t forget to view your new home from the Umeda Sky Building.

  1. Nishinomiya Kitaguchi – 1,232 votes

Nishinomiya, a city located between Osaka and Kobe, is the perfect balance between suburban and not-too-urban. In other words, it’s a great area to raise a family, commute, and more. Being located on the Hankyu line, it’s considered a bit luxurious. It also has some pretty gorgeous nature to enjoy!

If you live in or have visited Kansai, how close to home did this hit (pun intended)? If you’ve been planning that move to Japan and haven’t decided where to settle down, consider one of these ten excellent neighborhoods.

Source: PR Times

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TOBITA SHINCHI !!!..

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Just kidding.. LOOOOOOL !!!!..

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I actually quite like Tennoji, I think being close to the red light district and love hotels actually keeps the place a bit grounded.

The zoo however is pretty terrible no one wants to go see animals in a concrete wall to wall prison.

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Where is the gorgeous nature near Nishinomiya, Kitaguchi? Having worked many years in Nishinomiya,, this is a head scracher.

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Interesting study. Any one of such areas sound like logical choices whether it be residing and/or visiting. Even Japan as a whole would be excellent regardless of whether someone chooses to live and/or visit as far South as Naha City, Okinawa, Japan or as far North as Wakkanai City, Hokkaido, Japan.

It would be extremely interesting for the following analysis to be done:

A. Overall Most Expensive City/Town in Japan all the way from Naha, Okinawa to Wakkanai, Hokkaido or the top three;

B. Overall Most Expensive Prefecture in Japan all the way from Okinawa to Hokkaido or the top three;

C. Least Expensive City/Town all the way from Okinawa to Hokkaido or the three least expensive Cities/Towns and

D. Least Expensive Prefecture in Japan all the way from Okinawa to Hokkaido or the three least expensive Prefectures in Japan.

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Where is the gorgeous nature near Nishinomiya, Kitaguchi? Having worked many years in Nishinomiya,, this is a head scracher.

Yeah, there's no "gorgeous nature" anywhere Nishinomiya Kitaguchi. I think they're mistakenly referring to the area north and west of it around the borders of Takarazuka and Ashiya which have lots of hilly trails and parks at the foot of the Rokko Mtns.

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Yeah, there's no "gorgeous nature" anywhere Nishinomiya Kitaguchi. I think they're mistakenly referring to the area north and west of it around the borders of Takarazuka and Ashiya which have lots of hilly trails and parks at the foot of the Rokko Mtns.

Yeah, this would be the same as saying there is gorgeous nature near Umeda because Mino is only about a twenty-five minute car ride away.

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Kyoto isn't a neighborhood - nor are most of the other places mentioned. Neighborhoods are areas of several block surrounding your residence. Some of these are the names of train stations, others of areas far larger than neighborhoods.

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@expat, these are all supposed to be station names. It's a poorly written article.

For example "Kyoto" should read "JR Kyoto Station" etc.

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Thank you thank you. Namba Naka man right here.

Agreed, but at the same time I would rather proper live in Kobe where the sea and mountains meet

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I lived in Ashiya for several years and if I return to Kansai I would probably live there. It is very pleasant with a small town feel.

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When we decided to leave Nagano after 10 years, we thought about Kyoto but decided against that and anyway after 10 years of Alp mountains I wanted to return to be near the sea.

By 2002, Kobe was in good shape after the earthquake so we moved there. Hyogo Ward, about equal distance between Sannomiya and Kobe Station on the bus route. Next to the mountains. Ten minutes in I could be alone in the mountains painting.

Or about 20 minute walk to the nearest bit of sea.

We stayed 16 years and really enjoyed the city and people.

Recommend Kobe to anyone.

End of 2018 we moved to Tatsuno which is a wonderful city of 80,000 including about 700 foreigners who I have never seen.

Short distance from one of Japan's biggest tidal flats and great sunsets.

We love it too, and even more than Kobe.

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Another caveat about Kyoto, in the summer it is blazing hot with no wind and in the Spring the kafun is unbelievable from every direction. Those are good reasons to live in Kobe with the sea breeze.

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