The easiest city to live in and 3 reasons why it’s popular as a study abroad destination
Do you know which city ranked No.1 in terms of ease of living in 2020?※1 Tokyo, the capital of Japan, has consistently ranked in the top spots each year. This time, we’ll show you what living in Tokyo is like and why it’s popular as a study abroad destination.
(※1) World's Best Cities To Live In 2020
- No.1 for safety and health!
- The railway maze and the most convenient transportation in the world
- Fun and convenient: Tokyo is the No.1 study abroad destination!
1.No.1 for safety and health!
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of The Economist ranks 140 cities around the world in terms of safety, medical care, culture/environment, education, and infrastructure. Tokyo has placed in the top 10 multiple times.
In 2020, Tokyo received a perfect score for the safety and health categories. One of the reasons is because it was able to prevent a sudden increase in Covid-19 cases.---
2.The railway maze and the most convenient transportation in the world
Trains in Tokyo are the most convenient in the world! You can travel anywhere in the city using the train system, so there’s no need to buy a bike or car. Fares begin at JPY 130, making it affordable for everyday use.
Take a look at this route map. There’s so many lines, it looks like a maze! Even locals tend to get lost. You might be surprised when you first arrive, but you look get used to it. There’s also a lot of apps that tell you how to get from one place to another using trains by simply entering your origin and destination.
Another fact that may surprise you is that even with this many routes and trains, there’s hardly any delays! The amazing technology used in Japan’s railway systems, especially the Shinkansen, have been praised around the world. In fact, many countries have adopted Japanese technology when building their own high-speed railway systems.※2
3. Fun and convenient: Tokyo is the No.1 study abroad destination!
Many universities, vocational schools, and Japanese language schools are located in Tokyo. 37% of the people who study abroad in Japan attend schools in Tokyo (as of 2020)※3
Of course, compared to other regions, living costs like rent are higher. But Tokyo has the most people, so it’s by far the most convenient and filled with fun places. You can go to cafes in Shibuya or Shinjuku or even go shopping with your friends on your days off. Tokyo Disneyland is nearby as well. All in all, Tokyo is a mesmerizing city that’s comfortable for both young people and foreigners.
(※3)Survey Results of Foreign Students' Status of Residence in 2020 (Order 2)