As in all big cities, rent is higher in the city center, but gets cheaper the further you go out to the suburbs. But what may be different from other cities is that, whether it’s Tokyo or Osaka, trains are packed during rush hour, which is 7 to 9am and 6 to 8pm. Many who visit our website have the goal of coming to Japan to attend culinary school, to intern at a restaurant or to buy cooking utensils etc., so we recommend finding housing within walking distance of your destination or in an area where you can take a train without having to transfer.
If you are wanting to travel here and there throughout the city, it would be a good idea to find a place near a terminal station. Convenient locations in Tokyo would be around Shinjuku station, Shibuya station, Tokyo station and Ginza station. In Osaka, find somewhere near Umeda station or Namba station.
Tokyo Metro Subway Map
Osaka Metro Route Map