Foreigner-Friendly Rental Listings in Taito Ward, Tokyo, Japan
The smallest of all 23 wards in Tokyo, Taito offers a balance of popular tourist destinations, "shitamachi" or downtown vibes, and quiet residential neighborhoods.
There are two main areas that make up Taito ward, Ueno to the west and Asakusa to the east.
Ueno is a well known sight-seeing area, with many museums, an expansive park, and those oh so famous pandas at the Ueno zoo. In addition to being a great spot for tourists, it is also a great place to live! If you are looking for that inner-city vibe, without breaking the bank, you should definitely consider living in Ueno.
To the east of Ueno station there are many affordable housing options surrounded by restaurants and Izakayas. Directly south of Ueno you will find Ameyoko, a very popular open air street market. During the day, Ameyoko offers a wide array of shopping options and at night it turns into a bustling nightlife district with cheap standing Izakayas, sports bars, live houses, and more.
If bustling city life isn't your thing and you are looking for a more quiet, peaceful place to live, don't rule out Ueno just yet! Go west of Ueno park and you will find Nezu, a primarily residential area situated nearby Tokyo University of the Arts.
Apartments in Ueno can be accessed via Ueno Station (JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, and many more). Ueno station is a major train hub in Tokyo, so please consider living nearby if you are looking for a place that easily connects all over the city.
The price of an apartment will vary depending on its features, the age of the building, and distance from the train station. Keeping this in mind, the average rent for an apartment in Taito is approximately ¥3,450 per square meter (¥321/ft²).
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It is very easy to spend an entire day in Ueno, perfect for a date or hanging out with friends. The following is just a short list of all the different attractions located within walking distance of the station:
There are also more than a few shopping malls located in the immediate area so you will have no trouble finding anything you are looking for.
For a more traditional experience, you can find Asakusa a few stops away on the Ginza line. Asakusa is most famous for Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. Take a stroll down the shopping street directly in front of the temple and you can find all sorts of traditional Japanese sweets and wears for sale (including lots of touristy gifts, but hey its perfect for visiting friends!) Asakusa offers picturesque views alongside the Sumida river and many mid-range to upscale restaurants. You can even escape Tokyo’s crowded trains and take a river boat to Odaiba for a fun day trip.
Ueno Park is hands down one of the best parks in Tokyo and an absolutely beautiful place to take a stroll or for a jog. Head down to the lower section of the park to Shinobazuno Pond for a really great route. And feel free to try out the swan boats while you are there!
If pumping iron or getting in your cardio inside is more your cup of tea, there are several options available in the area. Jexer Fitness and Spa has a pool and top notch facilities. There is an Anytime Fitness for those needing flexible workout hours.
Although some doctors in Taito may be able to speak a limited amount of English, Taito does not have any major English speaking hospitals or clinics for foreign residents. If you decide to live in Taito and do not speak any Japanese, you will find yourself needing to visit other areas of Tokyo to access English speaking health services and beauty salons.
There are unfortunately no international school options in Taito but with access to so many train lines commuting to other areas of Tokyo is made quite easy.
There is both a Seijoishi and a Kaldi Coffee Farm located in Ueno station, which sell a variety of imported goods. Furthermore, Ameyoko market is a treasure trove for unique food goods, especially those from Southeast Asia.
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