Naha ranks second in list of best cities to live in Japan

Naha ranks second in list of best cities to live in Japan

August 26, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo


On August 25, Tokyo-based Daito Trust Construction Company, led by President Katsuma Kobayashi, published its ranking of the most livable places in Japan and places people want to move to. Ranked by municipality, Naha City ranked 2nd in the list of places people want to move to. Okinawa Prefecture came in 4th in the same category ranked by prefecture. The Prefecture also ranked 6th in the “most livable” category, reflecting its popularity and residential satisfaction.


The rankings were derived from 708,700 survey responses. The livability category was ranked based on results from a three-year survey conducted between 2019-2021, while the “places people want to move to” survey was conducted this March.


In the “places people want to move to” category, Naha City moved up a spot from the previous year. Fukuoka City maintained 1st place from last year, while Yokohama City dropped to 3rd from 2nd place. Survey respondents said about Naha City: “The food is delicious and the local people seem nice,” and, “[Okinawa] has a warm climate and plenty of commercial services available.”


As for the “most livable places” ranking, Daito measures livability through a comprehensive evaluation of eight factors including residential convenience, ease of transportation, and government services.


Okinawa came in 6th in the “livability” ranking by prefecture, moving up three places from 9th place last year. The prefecture received high marks for residential convenience (2nd) and friendliness (2nd), etc. Tokyo ranked 1st on the list, followed by Hyogo and Fukuoka Prefectures. By municipality, Chatan ranked 53rd in “livability,” the highest in Okinawa. Nagakute City in Aichi Prefecture ranked 1st place on the list.


(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)


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