Kichijoji, where people want to live

Kichijoji, Ebisu, Yokohama, Meguro and Musashi-Kosugi are some of the popular choices in rankings of where people most want to live in the Kanto region.

This issue we look at the consistently high-ranking Kichijoji. Kichijoji Station is on the JR Chuo and Sobu lines, Tokyo Metro Tozai Line and Keio Inokashira Line, is about a 20-minute, single-train ride from both Shinjuku Station and Shibuya Station and is also just one train from Tokyo Station, offering excellent access to the city center.

After renewal of Keio Kichijoji Station was completed in the spring in 2014, the retail facility Kirarina Keio Kichijoji opened, offering a wide variety of shopping experiences within Atre Kichijoji. The largest UNIQLO in Tokyo opened in Kichijoji last year and PARCO and Tokyu Department Store are only a short walk away. All these retail facilities make for very convenient living. There are also established shops and restaurants on Kichijoji Sun Road and Harmonica Alley as soon as you exit the station. The compactness of shops and restaurants around the station is one of the things that makes Kichijoji appealing.

A little further away one can be refreshed in the greenery of Inokashira Park and enjoy lovely cherry blossoms in the spring. Quiet residential areas are only a short walk away, with rents ranging from 70,000 to 80,000 yen for a 1R (one-room) or 1K (one room and kitchen) apartment and around 140,000 for a family-type apartment. This is a little high compared with other Tokyo areas outside of the central 23 wards as Kichijoji is a popular place. With a great living environment including transportation convenience, abundance of shopping and eating choices, quiet residential areas and plentiful greenery, Kichijoji is favored by a wide age range.

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