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Which Japanese city is gaining interest among families and renters? Hint: it’s not in Tokyo

By Ingrid Tsai, SoraNews24

Apartment hunting in Japan is its own beast. With a multitude of factors to consider, such as your commute and how far away your local supermarket is, the process is complicated, drawn out, and made even more frustrating if a language barrier is involved. And that’s where apartment searching databases such as SUUMO come in handy, helping folks narrow down multiple options to that one perfect spot.

SUUMO is a popular real estate website that has done extra leg work this year in compiling their search data to answer one burning question when it comes to housing: which city has been generating the most interest in terms of drawing in future families and single renters?

The answer is none other than…Wako in Saitama Prefecture.

However, what has really driven Wako up the search result rankings isn’t necessarily its location. After all, there’s a wide assortment of cities between the Saitama and Tokyo prefectural border that provide direct, or at least with a few transfers, easy access to downtown Tokyo.

Interest in Wako has been generated from two main points: its position as a terminus point for the Tokyo Yurakucho and Fukutoshin Metro lines as well as the recently finished renovation of its station complex, now housing company offices, shopping outlets, and a variety of restaurants.

▼ A sneak peek at Wako Station’s renovated south exit.

Photo: Wikipedia/SEIBU LINER

▼ Wako is also along the Tokyo Tobu Line, which not only connects to Ikebukuro as well but also provides access to other hotspots in Saitama such as Kawagoe, pictured below.

Photo: Wikipedia/SEIBU LINER

Other cities which showed up behind Wako include Tachikawa, located west of Shinjuku, in second place and Nishioi, another suburb close to Shinagawa, in third. Similar to Wako, their appeal points lie in both their proximity to Tokyo and their re-vitalization through new construction and renovations ushering in more amenities for locals and visitors alike.

It’s unknown whether Wako, Tachikawa, and Nishioi will continue to hold their spots going into 2021. However, it’s still fascinating to see how the housing trends around Tokyo fluctuate and change over the years, and for all we know, maybe Wako will keep its place, especially if the city consistently has novel housing developments such as this apartment complex with its own movie theater.

Source: PR Times, Netlab

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Who wouldn't want to live in a place called "Wako"?

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Who wouldn't want to live in a place called "Wako"?

Someone currently living in Intercourse (Pennsylvania) perhaps? They're probably looking to move to Climax North Carolina.

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Sounds promising. Very smart to be at the terminal station of a line, however, as you approach Tokyo you can feel trapped in your seat and unable to disembark. If you have claustrophobia or panic attacks you may want to just leave Tokyo life behind.

Another promising area in my mind is Shitte on the Nambu Line near Kawasaki. In spite of its appealing name, it seems a decent and convenient place. Your family will love sending you mail.

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At least it doesn’t have a fu at the end...Wakofu.

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Does revitalization really mean destruction? When places are "revitalized" with a new station building, they become uniformly boring with Uniqlo, Starbucks, Daiso. The shotengai is killed and with it any character the place had also dies, Futako Tamagaya is a prime example of this, even Shimo Kitazawa is now rapidly losing character, too. The big chains, the chain restaurants, the uniform is all that is left. Nothing special, nothing with character remains.

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We live on the outskirts of Tachikawa, and it's really nice. The shopping is good, accessibility to the trains are nice and Showa park is really cool. The south side of the station has lots of bars and restaurants while the north had lots of shopping and office buildings.

We recorded a lot of the station area on our YouTube channel! Just lookup BabyTown Tokyo

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Hint: it’s not in Tokyo

Yeah, technically it's not in Tokyo, no. But it does border the 23-ku and Wako-shi Station is not even 1km from that border. It's practically just an extension of Tokyo. Please save these headlines for when places like Zushi, Oyama, etc. suddenly shoot to the top of such lists.

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gaijintravellerDec. 26  01:37 pm JST

You hit the nail on it's head there. It's sad that JR and locals governments seems to only aspire to have identical station front areas. Surely more people would want to visit different neighbourhoods, being beneficial to JR, if they have some variety?

Sadly all JR and the developers care about is getting sky high rents, so that pushes many interesting independent joints out.

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