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Greater Tokyo suburban stations rise sharply in 2023 desired area survey

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

On September 14th, Haseko Urbest unveiled their annual "Most Desirable Station Rankings 2023" survey results for the Greater Tokyo Area (GTA).


The GTA includes Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures.

 
Key Takeaways:
  • Yokohama claimed the overall top spot, with Kichijoji and Omiya ranking second and third, respectively.

  • Top-ranking stations in their respectively measured areas include Ebisu, Kichijoji, Yokohama, Omiya, and Chiba.

  • Suburban core stations like Musashi-Kosugi, Kawasaki, and Chofu saw significant improvements from 2022.

  • Kanagawa’s Hashimoto rank rise is linked to preparations for the Linear Chuo Shinkansen station scheduled to open in 2027.

 

The web-survey, conducted from July 15th to the 20th, received a total of 2,854 responses.

The survey did not distinguish between desired stations to purchase or rent, only to live which means the data is applicable for both investors and consumers.

The respondents were vast majority Japanese with the following profiles:

Data courtesy of Haseko Urbest translated and visualized by Patience Realty.


For the GTA’s overall desired station rankings, Yokohama claimed the top spot, moving up from second in 2022.


Kichijoji secured second (down from first in 2022), and Omiya came in third (down from fourth in 2022).


Top 20 Overall Rankings for 2023

2023 Rank

Desired Station

2022 Rank

2021 Rank

1st

Yokohama

2nd

1st (tie)

2nd

Kichijoji

1st

1st (tie)

3rd

Omiya

4th

3rd

4th

Urawa

8th

6th

5th

Ebisu

12th

15th

6th (tie)

Tachikawa

9th

10th

6th (tie)

Musashi-Kosugi

Not in Top 20

Not in Top 20

8th (tie)

Nakano

4th

4th

8th (tie)

Kawasaki

16th

20th

8th (tie)

Chofu

Not in Top 20

Not in Top 20

11th

Ikebukuro

3rd

5th

12th (tie)

Mitaka

9th

13th

12th (tie)

Kita Senju

11th

9th

12th (tie)

Jyugaoka

13th

15th

12th (tie)

Akabane

15th

18th

12th (tie)

Chiba

Not in Top 20

10th

16th

Machida

Not in Top 20

7th (tie)

18th (tie)

Kawaguchi

6th

Not in Top 20

18th (tie)

Ebina

16th

7th (tie)

20th

Hashimoto

Not in Top 20

Not in Top 20

Data courtesy of Haseko Urbest translated by Patience Realty.


Notable improvements from the previous year’s survey were seen in suburban core stations in Tokyo’s non-23 wards, such as Musashi-Kosugi (rising from outside the top 20 to 6th place), Kawasaki (ascending from 16th to 8th place), and Chofu (jumping from outside the top 20 to 8th place).


These improvements were attributed to factors such as "excellent accessibility to the city center and for commuting" and "the presence of well-developed commercial facilities."


Regarding Musashi-Kosugi, respondents praised its "high transportation and daily-life convenience" as well as the impact of the "opening of the Sotetsu-Tokyu through line, which has significantly improved convenience of access."


Furthermore, Chiba (16th place), Machida (16th place), and Hashimoto (20th place) saw significant improvements, all moving into 2023’s top 20 from not placing at all in 2022.


Hashimoto is especially notable for the ongoing construction of new condominiums and commercial buildings around the station in preparation for 2027’s opening of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen station, generating increased expectations for the future development and appeal of the area.


For top spots in the separately surveyed areas, they were Ebisu in Tokyo’s 23 wards, Kichijoji for Tokyo’s non-23 ward cities, Yokohama for Kanagawa, Omiya for Saitama, and Chiba for Chiba prefecture.


Source:

See more granular data by downloading the original press release PDF below (Japanese only)

2023.09.14 Haseko Station Ranking Report
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