”Living in Tokyo” Are you an expat looking to relocate to Tokyo? Wanting to know which area of Tokyo is best for you to live in? Then, it is useful to know about the locality. Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a prefecture with an area of about 90 km (56 mi) elongated from the west end to the east. People often imagine Tokyo as an entire urban area with high-rise buildings, but it is just a central part of the prefecture. Mountains, nature reserves, university towns, rural residential areas, the bay area with condo towers, and even 11 offshore islands are all part of Tokyo's multifaceted landscape. The Tokyo prefecture can be divided into four regions from west to east: specifically, the Western Tama Area in the west, the amid area Eastern Tama Area, and the rest in the eastern side Tokyo 23 Wards (=ku) West/East District. Central Tokyo falls on the 23-ward area of 627.6 sq km (242.3 sq mi) developed with commercial and residential districts. The expat-friendly places are mostly in the West District of 23 wards, including Shibuya-ku, Minato-ku, and Meguro-ku. International supermarkets, international schools, English-speaking dentists and hospitals, Japanese language schools, and diverse restaurants can be found easily in this area, which is why many expats relocate. Expats also live East District of 23 wards, where housing rental costs are relatively lower. Some expat-friendly towns are likely increasing in the eastern district since local communities of people from countries are growing there.
In Japan, convenience stores are at every corner, more than in any other country. Known in Japanese as “konbini,” the country has approximately 50,000 convenience stores, with 7,000 of these in Tokyo alone.
Changing Visa Types
Accordingly, if you would like to carry out activities which differ from those permitted by your current visa, you need to change your visa type to one which permits these activities. This process is called submitting an "Application for Change of Status of Residence."
Taxation in Japan: Tax applicable to the rent being paid by a company
If a company provides housing for directors on its board, some conditions are concerned with taxation, such as whether the floor space excluding the balcony/outdoor area is over 240㎡, and the accommodation includes luxury facilities.
Tokyo Area Guide / SHIROKANEDAI, Minato-ku
Platinum Residential Area on the Hill Shirokanedai is located on the hill between Meguro and Shirokane-Takanawa, and well-known for its high-end residential environment. The market price of rental properties is relatively high because ...
Tokyo Area Guide / SHIMOKITAZAWA, Setagaya-ku
Live in the Neighborhood of Subcultures and Artists What’s the Area Like in Shimokitazawa? Shimokitazawa is often featured as a place for young people, vintage clothes, subcultures, small independent theaters, and authentic curry restau...
Kanagawa Area Guide / TAMA-PLAZA & AZAMINO, Yokohama
Kanagawa Area Guide/ Tama-Plaza & Azamino, Yokohama
Tokyo Area Guide / DENENCHOFU, Setagaya and Ota-ku
The Pioneer of All Residential Areas in Japan Denenchofu is a famous high-class residential area in Japan. Around Denenchofu Station, where the Tokyu Toyoko Line and the Tokyu Meguro Line run, the radial residential area forms a unique...
Tokyo Area Guide / SHIROKANE-TAKANAWA, Minato-ku
The most Elegant Residential Area in Tokyo This page is a guide around Shirokane-Takanawa Station. Actually, there is no place name called Shirokane-Takanawa, and it seems that it was coined because Shirokane-Takanawa Station is just h...
Tokyo Area Guide / TAMACHI, Minato-ku
Find Affordable Bay Area in Minato-ku Tamachi is lined with offices of famous companies such as NEC and Namco Bandai, and has many office workers. As the kanji for Tamachi indicates, this place was named because it was a town that stoo...
Rental properties in Japan | Paying tax on rent on behalf of a foreign owner
In Japan, renting a rental property from an owner living abroad may require tax-withholding when paying the rent.