Tokyo is the vibrant capital of Japan that mixes the ultramodern and traditional, starting from neon lit skyscrapers to historical temples and breathtaking flora and fauna. As of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo is often referred to as a city but is officially known and governed as a “metropolitan prefecture”, which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo.
Tokyo ranks first in the Global Economic Power Index and third in the Global Cities Index. Hence, it goes without saying that it is a major hub for business and entrepreneurial ventures. Tokyo has also been recognized to be the most livable city. The helpful nature of the locals, convenient public transport facilities and its cleanliness are some of the key factors that are extremely welcoming to new migrants and travelers. Apart from that, Tokyo also provides for a great nightlife and shopping experience.
As of 2018 Tokyo ranked as the 2nd-most expensive city for expatriates, according to the Mercer consulting firm and also the world’s 11th-most expensive city according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s cost-of-living survey. Hiring a place to work in Tokyo can be heavy on your pocket. If you’re an English-speaking freelancer or online professional who will be traveling or shifting to the city of Tokyo in the near future, you will definitely be in need of a comfortable place to get work done. Private workspaces are pricy but luckily Tokyo has a wide range of coworking spaces to choose from that will solve most of your work problems.
Your hotel room or rented apartment will not have the ambience you are looking for. Cafes and restaurants seem like a great idea but eventually the crowded rooms and other distractions will get to your productivity levels. Apart from that there will be other facilities and professional amenities that you will not be able to find at your nearest coffee shop. It is also not fun staying cooped up in your apartment all day and it will be difficult to find the right people to engage with in a city that is so heavily populated. Coworking spaces are just the kind of long term support you are looking for, for your lengthy official stays in the city.
A daily or monthly membership at a coworking space a convenient and cost-effective alternative. Coworking spaces are also an excellent way to network and meet both locals and other foreigners who live in Tokyo, or are just passing through. Meeting new people who are doing the same thing as you also proves to be very supportive. You will be able to pick up a few tips and trips on how to work around the city by professionals who are going through the same experiences as you are.
Healthy interactions with other tourists can also be very helpful for you to be able to explore the city alongside working in Tokyo. Many coworking spaces are located in major tourist destinations so you can spend some time looking around this intensely colourful city during your breaks.
Tokyo has a long list of casual, modern and luxury coworking spaces from which you are sure to find your best match!