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View Poll Results: Tokyo, Osaka or Shanghai
Tokyo 37 50.68%
Osaka 16 21.92%
Shanghai 20 27.40%
Voters: 73. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-29-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Macao
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You mean like how Osaka is the most dangerous major city in Japan--which means it's safer than any major city in the US or UK?
significantly so.

Osaka is extremely safe.
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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I 100% agree with you.

I'm also the OP of this rather old post, and it was typed before I moved to Osaka.

Regarding being significantly less pricy than Tokyo. Yes and no. Apartments/hotels/etc. YES! You're also in the trains much less time, so you save a bit of time and money there as well. If you do take a taxi, you'll have a lot less to go (depending, of course). Also, international flights are much cheaper from Osaka (or Nagoya) than Tokyo (Narita/Haneda).

Personally, I much prefer Osaka, because you have Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe all very close together. Three completely different, yet large cities, with all completely different character.

Whereas when I'm in Tokyo, it feels like you have a few popular Tokyo neighborhoods, than just tons of sprawl forever outward in every direction - i.e. tons of train time going anywhere.

But, I also know people who love Tokyo and are very loyal to it.

For me, I'm definitely a big city person, but Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto give everything I need in spades, that I don't even consider going to Tokyo for any reason, as everything I need is right here.

Whereas, when I lived in Busan Korea, it just paled in comparison to Seoul Korea, for example.
I agree about the sprawl in Tokyo. It's funny how some areas in Tokyo's 23 Wards can feel suburban or even rural. The more popular areas are within the few central wards (Minato, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Chuo, Chiyoda, and a few others). It actually feels like a lot of little cities put together instead of one large city. I also agree about the long train rides from one part of the city to another.

I really loved Osaka, even though I only spent one night there. I really loved to food and the people. However, the Tokyo/Yokohama area has always been like a second home to me. Yokohama is a nice city too btw, and in some ways I like it better than Tokyo, especially since I lived in Kanagawa so I was closer to that city.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I agree about the sprawl in Tokyo. It's funny how some areas in Tokyo's 23 Wards can feel suburban or even rural. The more popular areas are within the few central wards (Minato, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Chuo, Chiyoda, and a few others). It actually feels like a lot of little cities put together instead of one large city. I also agree about the long train rides from one part of the city to another.

I really loved Osaka, even though I only spent one night there. I really loved to food and the people. However, the Tokyo/Yokohama area has always been like a second home to me. Yokohama is a nice city too btw, and in some ways I like it better than Tokyo, especially since I lived in Kanagawa so I was closer to that city.
I'm a huge fan of Yokohama over Tokyo!

That surprised me before getting to know the two areas. As I'm a person who loves large cities like New York, Sao Paulo, Seoul, etc. So, you'd think Tokyo would be just as great, being it's of the same calibre of city.

But, Yokohama is the one I loved more than Tokyo. Mostly because Yokohama has it's downtown, but also has Chinatown, which is completely different. Than you Kanagawa coastline with beach culture and ocean breezes everywhere.

Before getting to know Japan, I would have assumed Yokohama to be either industrial or suburban, but it's actually every bit a complete and full urban city with all the amenities of any city, and surprisingly even more.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:54 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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I'm a huge fan of Yokohama over Tokyo!

That surprised me before getting to know the two areas. As I'm a person who loves large cities like New York, Sao Paulo, Seoul, etc. So, you'd think Tokyo would be just as great, being it's of the same calibre of city.

But, Yokohama is the one I loved more than Tokyo. Mostly because Yokohama has it's downtown, but also has Chinatown, which is completely different. Than you Kanagawa coastline with beach culture and ocean breezes everywhere.

Before getting to know Japan, I would have assumed Yokohama to be either industrial or suburban, but it's actually every bit a complete and full urban city with all the amenities of any city, and surprisingly even more.
It makes good sense since Yokohama was the port town for the Tokyo metropolis for such a long while (and still is to some extent). The influence of the west is probably stronger there in the bones of the city than anywhere else.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Olde English District, SC (look it up on Wikipedia)
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Tokyo, Osaka, or possibly Seoul in that part of the world. I would not want to live in China until/unless it becomes a free, democratic country.
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