Established in 1994 as Tokyo Classifieds and later re-branded as Metropolis magazine, we were Japan’s first English-language free paper, and we have maintained this leadership position ever since. Metropolis is created by foreign writers, editors and designers for the foreign community, and this shows in the quality and usefulness of stories and information published. While there are a number of other foreign-language publications in Tokyo, only one magazine attracts a legion of dedicated Japan-based journalists, bloggers and pundits who are experts in their respective fields. As a result, foreign readers trust Metropolis and use it as a lifestyle guide.


Metropolis magazine moved to the web early on, and is now morphing into a full-scale community in its own right. Previously, the site today has more than 18,000 registered members who depend on the site for local editorial, classifieds and event listings, as well as online communities, to make their lives in Tokyo more interesting and fulfilled.



Created in the aftermath of the radiation scare post-3/11, is one of Japan’s largest collections of real estate listings suitable for foreign occupancy. Japan may be a multinational city, but its landlords still hold traditional views on non-Japanese tenants and makes sure that this type of attitude is not encountered by users of its listings. Each property has been carefully vetted for its foreigner-friendliness.



One of the great aspects of life in the great metropolis of Tokyo is its food culture. If humans eat it, most likely you can buy it here. is our first foray into crowd-sourced content, and is now one of the largest guides to foreigner-friendly dining anywhere in Japan. The site also includes all major reviews of currently operating restaurants covered in Metropolis magazine back issues, meaning that many reviews are highly detailed and useful to first-timers.


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