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Cost of Living in Tokyo vs Yokohama

First of all it is unfair to directly compare Yokohama to Tokyo, since Tokyo, is much more than just a city (Mega-city is the actual term, which makes the scifi geek in me smile) Yokohama has a population of around 3.6 million people, so it is a huge city in its own right. Yokohama is certainly more laid back and open spaced than Tokyo, which is a very nice thing, the bay area in particular is beautiful and feels very spacious. The architecture always looks to me to be from the future (more geeks points) I love just walking around and looking at the buildings

Yokohama is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live. Accommodation as well as food are often much cheaper compared to Tokyo. That’s why many Japanese families decide to leave Tokyo’s high tempo and crowded streets to live a more peaceful city life in Yokohama, while still maintaining the possibility to quickly have access to Tokyo if they need to go there since Tokyo is only a 20-30 minute train ride away, depending on where in Yokohama you live.

Even if the chances for finding work are greater in Tokyo, there are still many jobs available in Yokohama as well. You might even find work in Tokyo, but then end up having to spend a lot of money on commuting back and forth, unless your employer pays it for you.

Pros:

Up to 30% lower cost of food & living compared to Tokyo.

Close to the sea and several ultra-modern city districts.

Way less crowded compared to Tokyo.

Tokyo is only a 20-30 minute train ride away.

Cons:

Less opportunities compared to Tokyo.

If you commute to Tokyo often, it could result in a lot of spent money on tickets.

First of all it is unfair to directly compare Yokohama to Tokyo, since Tokyo, is much more than just a city (Mega-city is the actual term, which makes the scifi geek in me smile) Yokohama has a population of around 3.6 million people, so it is a huge city in its own right. Yokohama is certainly more laidback and open spaced than Tokyo, which is a very nice thing, the bay area in particular is beautiful and feels very spacious. The architecture always looks to me to be from the future (more geeks points) I love just walking around and looking at the buildings

Yokohama is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live. Accommodation as well as food are often much cheaper compared to Tokyo. That’s why many Japanese families decide to leave Tokyo’s high tempo and crowded streets to live a more peaceful city life in Yokohama, while still maintaining the possibility to quickly have access to Tokyo if they need to go there since Tokyo is only a 20-30 minute train ride away, depending on where in Yokohama you live.

Even if the chances for finding work are greater in Tokyo, there are still many jobs available in Yokohama as well. You might even find work in Tokyo, but then end up having to spend a lot of money on commuting back and forth, unless your employer pays it for you.

Pros:

Up to 30% lower cost of food & living compared to Tokyo.

Close to the sea and several ultra-modern city districts.

Way less crowded compared to Tokyo.

Tokyo is only a 20-30 minute train ride away.

Cons:

Less opportunities compared to Tokyo.

If you commute to Tokyo often, it could result in a lot of spent money on tickets.
If the idea of living in Yokohama is appealing to you, then take a look at a Yokohama guesthouse.

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