Tokyo

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Quality of life in Tokyo

Tokyo is one of the most vibrant and modern cities in the world. It provides a wide range of opportunities from recreational activities to job offers, and is therefore an appealing choice for people looking for a change. When it comes to food, you are spoiled with choices: there are more restaurants than you could visit in your lifetime. It is also a relatively green city, as 3.6% of Tokyo is covered by parks and forests, and, despite its size, it is still among the safest cities in the world.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
220/263
Details
Large apartment$2205.29
Medium apartment$1591.90
Rent index [score]0.49
Small apartment$978.52

Cost of Living

2
253/261
Details
5km taxi ride$14.00
A Cappuccino$3.90
A beer$2.10
A kilogram of Apples$7.30
Bread$0.94
Inflation [score]0.20
Lunch$10.00
Monthly fitness club membership$96.00
Monthly public transport$95.00
Movie ticket$15.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$63.87

Startups

6
62/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups11
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.44
Coworking spaces [score]0.57
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co17
Meetups [score]0.57
Meetups groups173
Meetups members40331
Number of investors208
Number of startup events in the last 12 months70
Number of upcoming meetup events36
Startup climate scene [score]0.61
Startup events6
Startup events7
Startup events [score]0.30
Startups [score]0.75
Total number of startups481

Venture Capital

8
22/228
Details
Venture capital [score]0.83

Travel Connectivity

8
9/260
Details
Airport hub142
Airport hub [score]0.63
Intercity train connectivity [score]1.00

Commute

5
54/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Japan/Tokyo
Traffic handling [score]0.64

Business Freedom

8
134/259
Details
Business freedom82.50
Business freedom [score]0.82
Freedom from corruption76.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.82
Lack of labor restrictions83.90
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.87
Time to open a business11.50
Time to open a business [score]0.88

Safety

10
6/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.93
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents1
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]1.00
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]1.00

Healthcare

9
15/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.74
Healthcare quality [score]0.88
Life expectancy (years)83.68
Life expectancy [score]1.00

Education

7
19/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Tokyo
Best university ranking39
Country mean scores in PISA math test518.26
Country mean scores in PISA reading test538.05
Country mean scores in PISA science test546.74
PISA math ranking (high school)4
PISA ranking4
PISA ranking (high school) [score]1.00
PISA reading (high school)3
PISA science (high school)3
Percent of happy students0.85
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.11
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.10
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.24
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.18
University quality [score]0.39

Environmental Quality

7
125/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.62
Cleanliness [score]0.87
Drinking water quality [score]0.57
Urban greenery [score]0.64

Economy

4
211/258
Details
Currency for urban areaJPY
GDP growth rate-0.00
GDP growth rate [score]0.14
GDP per capita$37389.79
GDP per capita [score]0.60

Taxation

6
61/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.45
Income tax level [score]0.75
Profit tax (% of profit)0.49
Time overhead to file company taxes175
VAT (Sales Tax)0.08

Internet Access

5
136/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)22.62
Internet access (download) [score]0.49
Internet access (upload) [score]0.54
Upload speed (Mbps)12.98

Leisure & Culture

9
10/263
Details
Art galleries287
Art galleries [score]0.97
Cinemas166
Cinemas [score]0.84
Comedy clubs94
Comedy clubs [score]1.00
Concert venues257
Concerts [score]0.94
Historical sites361
Historical sites [score]0.94
Museums258
Museums [score]0.91
Performing art venues155
Performing arts [score]0.91
Sport venues198
Sports [score]1.00
Zoos93
Zoos [score]0.97

Tolerance

5
227/264
Details
Homosexuality acceptance (percent of the surveyed population in favor)0.54
LGBT Equality Index53.62
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.54
LGBT adoption rightsAmbiguous
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (6-month deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✔ Banned
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, but requires surgery
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.37

Outdoors

7
22/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.39
Median peak in meters989.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)44.00
Water access [score]0.93
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Tokyo are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities and the most expensive in Japan. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Tokyo will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,523$2,887
$2205
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$96
Movie ticket$15
Broadband internet connection$36
Monthly public transport$95
Lunch$10
-3%
compared to
San Francisco
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Job salary calculator

Software Engineer salaries in Tokyo are above average. For this job type, Tokyo ranks 109th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Tokyo.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$48,438
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

0.60
Guns per 100 people
0.06
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Tokyo in position 21 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo, Japan

2-2-1 Azabudai, Minato ward, Tokyo 106-0041, Japan

Phone: +81-3-5574-7611

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People in Tokyo

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.6

Climate type

Humid Subtropical

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Tokyo

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On living in Tokyo

Tokyo (東京 Tōkyō) is the enormous and wealthy capital of Japan, overflowing with culture, commerce and, most of all, people. The core of the most populated urban area in the world, Tokyo is a fascinating and dynamic metropolis that mixes foreign influences, consumer culture and global business along with remnants of the capital of old Japan. From modern electronics and gleaming skyscrapers to cherry blossoms and the Imperial Palace, this is a city that represents the entire sweep of Japanese history and culture. Tokyo truly has something for every traveller.

Huge and varied in its geography, with over 2,000 square kilometers to explore, Tokyo Metropolis (東京都 Tōkyō-to) spans not just the city, but rugged mountains to the west and subtropical islands to the south. Tokyo Metropolis legally contains 23 regions (区 ku), which refer to themselves as "cities"; to avoid confusion, Wikivoyage refers to them as "wards" of Tokyo, which is much more common in English. This article concentrates on the 23 central wards near the bay, while the western cities and the islands are covered in a separate article.

The geography of central Tokyo is defined by the JR Yamanote Line (see Get around). The center of Tokyo — the former area reserved for the Shogun and his samurai — lies within the loop, while the Edo-era downtown (下町 shitamachi) is to the north and east. Sprawling around in all directions and blending in seamlessly are Yokohama, Kawasaki and Chiba, Tokyo's suburbs.

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