In this episode of the series ‘study here, live here’ we show neighborhoods that offer a good balance between short travel times to yoyogic as well as high livability and affordable rent.

Today’s featured school is the Tokyo School of Business, located in Yoyogi!

The Tokyo School of Business is one of the schools available through the GaijinPot study program. The curriculum aims to help you start your own business in Japan or work for a globally recognized company in Japan.

The school has three departments of Business Management, IT Business and AI Systems. To apply for these programs you need a minimum of JLPT level N2. For more information about the school and how to apply through GaijinPot Study, please visit: Tokyo School of Business.

Yoyogi is a central Tokyo neighborhood bordering Shinjuku Station to the south and the Shibuya neighborhood to the north.

Yoyogi Park on May 30, 2020. Photo: Scott Kouchi

It is best known for being the home of Yoyogi Park and the National Stadium, which was the main venue for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the main hub for the Tokyo 2020 games.

Yoyogi is known as an upscale, family-friendly residential area with plenty to do all year round. In summer, many ethnic festivals are held in Yoyogi Park. The atmosphere is attractive and luxurious in Yoyogi Uehara, but it also borders on the excitement of Shinjuku and Shibuya.

For more information about this neighbourhood, click on: Yoyogi Area Guide

As a very central neighborhood located on the JR Yamanote Line, it is a bit pricey in terms of rent and cost of living.

There are many neighborhoods from which you can commute to Yoyogi. In this post, we have three highly recommended:

station: Shin Egota on the Toei Oedo Line

Time to Yoyogi: 17 minutes straight

We recommend apartments near Shin Egota Station as it is a neighborhood known for excellent value for money (below the market average monthly rent), high livability and very commuter-friendly distance to Yoyogi.

This neighborhood is popular with all population groups: families, couples and singles. Right at the exit of the station is a Maruetsu supermarket and a Drug Papas (drugstore and daily goods) so you can easily pick up all your essentials.

Average rent in Shin Egota

Average rent in Shin Egota by room layout:

  • 1R: ¥67,800 ($606 USD)
  • 1K: ¥71,400 ($638 USD)
  • 1LDK: ¥145,200 ($1,299)

Recommended real estate in Shin Egota

Total monthly costs: ¥41,500 ($371 USD)/month

Total estimated moving costs: ¥61,500 ($550 USD)/month

  • No deposit, no key money, no agency fees

internet: Internet included in the rent

Utilities: Water and gas included in the rent; electricity charged based on room usage (usually about 1,000 to ¥2,000/month)

Clean and functional private room for rent in guest house near Shin Egota Station. Click on the photo for the full list and to contact the broker directly. Image: KIMI

Common areas include kitchen, bath, toilet, refrigerator, washing machine. Image: KIMI

Shin Egota Apartments

To see a full list of apartments for rent near Shin Egota, click on the picture! Image: Aonissin

This Tokyu Store supermarket is adjacent to the station and is open 24 hours a day – super handy for getting groceries (or a late night snack)! Photo: Scott Kouchic

station: Koenji Station on the JR Chuo Shobu Line

Time to Yoyogi: 11 minutes straight

Koenji is sometimes referred to as a haven for artists due to its many live music venues, laid-back cafes and quaint shops. It is just 10 minutes west of Shinjuku on the JR Chou Sobu Line, which is known for being crowded during peak hours. But since the travel time to Yoyogi is only 10 minutes, we recommend Koenji because of the great balance between proximity to Yoyogi and high livability.

This is a relaxed neighborhood with a nice atmosphere, while being only a short train ride to central Tokyo. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants near the station, including a SEIYU supermarket, so you can pick up ingredients for dinner on the way from the station.

Read more about Koenji here: Koenji Area Guide

Average rent in Kunjic

Average rent in Kunji by room layout:

  • 1R: ¥72,800 ($651 USD)
  • 1K: ¥80,800 ($722 USD)
  • 1LDK: ¥150,670 ($1,347 USD)

Recommended property

Furnished 1K Apartment in Koenji

Total monthly costs: ¥57,550 ($515 USD)/month

Total estimated moving costs: ¥70,680 ($1,167 USD)/month

  • No deposit, no key money, no agency fees

internet: Internet for ¥2,310 extra per month

Our student-friendly apartment in Koenji this month is a furnished 1K, 17 minutes walk from Koenji Station and 6 minutes walk from Shin Koenji Station. Click on the photo for the full list and to contact the broker directly. Photo: SEIK

Clean, bright room with storage space in the loft. Image: SEIK

Kitchenette, image: SEIK

Apartments in Kunjic

Click to see all apartments for rent in Koenji. Image: LINC

Counterpart Coffee Gallery at Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome. Photo: Jeanie

station: Nishi Shinjuku on the Toei Oedo Line

Time to Yoyogi: 5 minutes straight to Yoyogi

Nishi Shinjuku Go-Chome is a station on the Toei Udo subway line in Nishi (West) Shinjuku. It is centrally located just west of Shinjuku Chuo (Central) Park and the Nishi Shinjuku skyscraper district. It’s also just one stop away from Shinjuku Station.

What is it like to live here? Here is the opinion of a language school student who lived in Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome:

“It’s very quiet. I can walk to Shinjuku station in about 25 minutes if I have time or feel like a longer walk, and there are many shops and things to do in Shinjuku station area. I can also take about 20 minutes south walk to the Hatsuda station area There is a very cute shopping street there that has a bit of an older Japanese feel and lots of restaurants. At Hatsudai station there is also the Tokyo Opera City building complex, where the New National Theater as well as many restaurants on the upper floors. It’s one of the tallest buildings in Shinjuku, so it has some great views. In a 30-40 minute walk or a 15-20 minute bus ride, you can reach: yoyogic park and the Yoyogi Hachiman station shopping area, which is more upscale.”

For the full interview, click: Where I Live in Tokyo: Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome

We recommend this neighborhood for its proximity to Shinjuku and the very fast commute to Yoyogi. Due to its central location, the average rent in Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome is much higher than in Shin Egota. If you’re someone who wants to be close to the convenience and hyperactivity of Shinjuku, the rent tradeoff may be worth it; but if you want to save your yen, it makes sense to sit further up the Oedo line.

Average rent in Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome

Average rent in Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome by room layout:

  • 1R: ¥60,600 ($755 USD)
  • 1K: ¥94,100 ($840 USD)
  • 1LDK: ¥166,700 ($1,489 USD)

Recommended real estate in Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome

1R Apartment for rent in Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome

Total monthly costs: ¥60,000 ($536 USD)/month

Total estimated moving costs: ¥61,500 ($550 USD)/month

internet: Internet not included in the rent

Utilities: Not included in the rent

1R apartment for rent 12 minutes walk to Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome Station. This apartment will be available for occupancy on October 30, 2021. Click on the photo for the complete offer and to contact the broker directly. Image: Aonssin

Very clean and bright 1R apartment with air conditioning and balcony. Click on the photo for the full list and to contact the broker directly. Image: Aonssin

Apartments in Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome

Click here for a list of available apartments near Nishi Shinjuku Go Chome Station

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  • You can choose from over 3,000 accommodations across Japan.
  • No guarantor needed.
  • Can apply from abroad.
  • Pay all your upfront and monthly fees with a credit card.
  • Receive full English service, from the room view, to the post-move support request.

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Language Schools in Yoyogic

Language Schools

Language Schools Nearby Information Address
Aoyama School of Japanese Aoyama School of Japanese Homepage 〒151-0063 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Tomigaya, 1-chōme-5, Tomigaya 1-5-5
Shibuya LALL Japanese Language School Shibuya LALL Japanese Language School Home 1 Chome-29-9 Hatagaya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0072
Tokyo Kogakuin Japanese Language School Tokyo Kogakuin Japanese Language School Home 5 Chome-30-16 Sendagaya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0051
Yamano Japanese School Yamano Japanese school home page 3 Chome-10-6 Sendagaya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0051

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