I know a lot of you are wondering, "what area is the best to live in Osaka?" The answer to that question would differ with different variables such as, budget, living a lone or with a family/others, and distance to your work or school. Of course there are other factors which make a certain area "the best to live!"
Suumo is a real estate service provided directly to the consumer. As the consumer, you can search for apartments for rent, condominiums, and single family homes.
Suumo has a ranking of the most popular (人気) areas to live, and I categorized in area and by station name.
(by station name)
Esaka Station: Esaka station is in Suita city in Osaka Prefecture. The station is on the Osaka Municipal Subway Midosuji Line, and the Kita-Osaka Kyuko Railway, which is just an extension of the Midosuji Subway Line. The station code for Esaka Station is M11. The surrounding area has a few headquarters buildings such as Duskin Co., Ltd, a number of business hotels, and many restaurants. The access to Umeda Station is fairly easy, five stations, and to Shin Osaka station, which is two stations away. Average cost of rent ¥70,000.
Honmachi Station: Honmachi station is located in Chuo-ku (Central Ward) of Osaka City. The station is on three Osaka Municipal Subway Lines, Midosuji Line, Chuo Line, Yotsubashi Line. The station codes for Honmachi station are M18, C16, and Y13. The Honmachi area is the home of many Japanese corporations located in CBD of Osaka City. Average cost of rent ¥75,000.
Minami Morimachi Station: Minami Morimachi Station is located in Kita-ku (North Ward) of Osaka City. The station is on two Osaka Municipal Subway Lines, Tanimachi Line and the Sakaisuji Line. The station codes for Minami Morimachi Station are T21 and K13. Located near the Tenjinbashisuji shopping street (天神橋筋商店街), which stretches approximately 2.6 km long. Average cost of rent ¥66,000.
Higashi Osaka City: Average cost of rent ¥52,000.
Train/Subway Lines: JR Osaka Higashi Line, Kintetsu Osaka Line, Kintetsu Nara Line, Kintetsu Keihanna Line, Osaka Municipal Chuo Line
Osaka City Chuo-ku (Central Ward): Average cost of rent ¥67,000.
Stations include: Honmachi, Namba, Nipponbashi, Shinsaibashi, Nagahoribashi, Sakaisuji Honmachi, Matsuyamachi, Tanimachi Machi 4-choume, Tanimachi 6-choume, Yodoyabashi, Kitahama, Tenmabashi, Morinomiya, Osaka Business Park.
Toyonaka City: Average cost of rent ¥65,000.
Train/Subway Lines: Hankyu Takarazuka Line, Kita-Osaka Kyuko Railway (extension of the Midosuji Subway Line), Osaka City Monorail System.
Link of the graphic here
Eight out of the ten listed on Suumo’s rankings are located in either Chuo-ku (4) and Kita-ku (3).
Namba Station on the Midousuiji Subway Line came in 4th in Suumo’s rankings
The station that I used on a daily basis Higashi Mikuni Station came in 5th.
Photos of a subway car on the Midosuji Subway Line and Hotel Monterey/OCAT Mall and Station.