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A ranking of best kept secret spots among the Japanese

Japanese hidden spots

Japanese human resources company Recruit recently conducted a questionnaire in the Kanto region on ‘The Kanto cities you most want to live in this year’. Conducted from the 5th of January until the 18th, the survey acquired answers from over 7,000 participants—a statistically reliable pool.

According to the results, this year’s champion is Yokohama, followed by Ebisu, then Kichijoji, forming the places in which the Japanese would most want to live in 2018. Full results are as follows.

1st: Yokohama (JR Keihin Tohoku Line)

2nd: Ebisu (JR Yamanote Line)

3rd: Kichijoji (JR Central Line)

4th: Shinagawa (JR Yamanote Line)

5th: Ikebukuro (JR Yamanote Line)

6th: Musashi Kosugi (Tokyu Toyoko Line)

7th: Shinjuku (JR Yamanote Line)

8th: Meguro (JR Yamanote Line)

9th: Obi (JR Keihin Tohoku Line)

10th: Urawa (JR Keihin Tohoku Line)

Additionally, this study also uncovered Japanese ‘hidden spots’ for particularly cheap shopping. The results for these came in with Kita Senju topping the list, followed by Akabane in the north of Tokyo, and then Wako in Saitama prefecture. Full results are as follows.

1st: Kita-Senju (Tokyo METRO Hibiya Line)

2nd: Akabane (JR Keihin Tohoku Line)

3rd: Wako (Tobu Tojo Line)

4th: Obi (JR Keihin Tohoku Line)

5th: Kashiwa (JR Joban Line)

6th: Moriya (Tsukuba Express)

7th: Kawaguchi (JR Keihin Tohoku Line)

8th: Kamata (JR Keihin Tohoku Line)

9th: Ikebukuro (JR Yamanote Line)

9th: Tabata (JR Yamanote Line)

These ‘hidden spots’ are in areas where property prices and prices of goods are generally cheaper. If you can find a residential unit within good distance of public transport, it could very well turn out to be an investment of value.