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Hachioji, Machida, Western Tokyo Cities: COVID Vaccination Ticket Schedule

As of June 3rd, the majority of the cities in the Tokyo western suburbs have not announced when they will be mailing out COVID-19 vaccination vouchers. Hachioji, Musashino, Kunitachi, and Hinode are scheduled to start sending voucher packets in June.... More

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Saitama Prefecture GuideSaitama Prefecture Guide

The prefecture just north of Tokyo. Saitama itself is large, covering a massive area of Eastern Tokyo. The areas closest to Tokyo are popular as bedroom communities for those commuting into Tokyo for work. These areas tend to have rent... More

Akihabara Area GuideAkihabara Area Guide

This famous neighborhood is jam-packed with stores displaying anime and video game goods, but you don't have to be an anime fan to live in Akihabara. Located on the northeastern edge of Chiyoda Ward, Akihabara Station is a transportation hub that offers great access to the rest of Tokyo through a variety of train and subway lines. Those who enjoy a lively Tokyo city life experience will likely feel at home in this neighborhood.

Akabane Area GuideAkabane Area Guide

Akabane is a neighborhood in Kita Ward, towards the northern edge of the 23 wards of Tokyo. Bordered by Saitama Prefecture to the north, the station is traversed by many commuters coming in from Saitama Prefecture. Until recently, Akabane was infamous for its narrow alleys, late-night izakayas, and general seediness. Redevelopment and modernization in the area has transformed most of it to a livable, convenient neighborhood.

Okubo Area GuideOkubo Area Guide

Okubo is a neighborhood just north of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. It provides residents with very quick direct access to Shinjuku, while also being just far enough away from the excitement of downtown. This balance between convenience and residential livability is a great feature of the neighborhood. In addition, for those who enjoy authentic ethnic cuisine, the international population in Okubo own and operate different restaurants and shops in the area. It's a unique, charming neighborhood for those seeking something close to Shinjuku!

Kameari Area GuideKameari Area Guide

Kameari is a residential neighborhood in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo. What it lacks in name recognition it makes up for in charm and convenience. This traditionally working-class area of Tokyo retains much of the old-school look and feel of bygone Tokyo, and new modern shopping malls have injected style and fashion back into the area.

Tokyo Station Area GuideTokyo Station Area Guide

Contents Location Key Stats Orientation Around the Station Livability Useful Info at a Glance Tokyo Station Apartments Location Tokyo Station is found just east of the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. There’s almost no comparison to this centrally located,... More

Shin-Okubo Area GuideShin-Okubo Area Guide

Shin-Okubo is renowned as Tokyo's Koreatown. This popular and trendy area offers an international vibe close to Shinjuku. An added benefit of this diverse environment is the selection of import supermarkets! While the streets around the station tend to be quite lively, even well into the night, it is possible to find calmer parts of the neighborhood.

Toranomon Hills Area GuideToranomon Hills Area Guide

Contents Location Key Stats Orientation Around the Station Livability Useful Info at a Glance Toranomon Hills Apartments Location Toranomon Hills Station can be found in the northern section of central Minato Ward. The Toranomon district is a primarily business district,... More

Jujo Area GuideJujo Area Guide

Jujo is a neighborhood in Kita Ward, Tokyo. It's located just north of the major transportation hub of Ikebukuro, making it a convenient area for commuters seeking options for quick and easy transportation into downtown Tokyo. Ease of transportation isn't the only convenience provided by this neighborhood, nearby Jujo Ginza is a local shopping street with a variety of shops, making picking up daily necessities easy.

Kachidoki Area GuideKachidoki Area Guide

Kachidoki is a newer addition to Tokyo's list of residential neighborhoods. Located in Tokyo Bay, residents enjoy a mix of modern conveniences (shopping malls, high-rise apartment complexes, beautiful waterfront parks) close to Tokyo's commercial districts. As the area becomes more developed, an increasing number of families are moving to the area because of the calm and family-friendly environment!

Hatagaya Area GuideHatagaya Area Guide

Hatagaya is a calm and livable neighborhood located on the Keio New Line just west of downtown Shinjuku. This convenient location makes it a great option for commuters, and the distance away from the crowds of downtown Shinjuku gives the area a more relaxed feeling.

Yutenji Area GuideYutenji Area Guide

Yutenji is a residential neighborhood found close to central Meguro Ward, Tokyo. It has a reputation as a very livable neighborhood that has easy access to some of Tokyo's most famous and stylish areas like Daikanyama and downtown Shibuya. What Yutenji might lack in terms of nightlife it more than makes up for in providing a calm and quiet environment.

Sangubashi Area GuideSangubashi Area Guide

Sangubashi is a quiet residential neighborhood located on the outskirts of Yoyogi Park. This gives residents a huge backyard of sorts for picnics, gatherings, and exercise. On top of this, Sangubashi Station is connected to Shinjuku via the Odakyu Line, making commutes into downtown Tokyo very easy and quick. Apartment seekers looking for a convenient residential neighborhood close to Shinjuku should definitely give Sangubashi consideration!

Kodaira Area GuideKodaira Area Guide

Kodaira City is a residential neighborhood located in west Tokyo on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Its location in the suburbs of Tokyo offers a very quiet and calm environment which is very popular with families. Plenty of space and few crowds make living more comfortable, and with only a roughly 30 minute train ride to Shinjuku, this might be a great balance for those looking for a local vibe in Tokyo.

Ikejiriohashi Area GuideIkejiriohashi Area Guide

Ikejiriohashi resides where three different neighborhoods collide: Ikejiri, Ohashi, and Higashiyama. It straddles the border of Setagaya Ward and Meguro Ward, creating an area that has a very livable urban feel. Plenty of restaurants and bars in the area for exploring a vibrant nightlife, while wide sidewalks along the main roads and plenty of supermarkets for daily necessities make it easy to live in.

Nogizaka Area GuideNogizaka Area Guide

Nogizaka is a high-class residential neighborhood located in central Minato Ward, Tokyo. Within walking distance from Nogizaka you can get to Aoyama, Omotesando, Akasaka, or Roppongi. This is a terrific convenience for those who love the idea of having a wide variety of destinations close to home! Great for being able to explore different neighborhoods of Tokyo on your feet!

Mita Area GuideMita Area Guide

Contents Location Key Stats Livability Mita Apartments Location You’ll find the neighborhood of Mita located quite centrally in Minato Ward, Tokyo. Thanks to this geographical position, it actually offers a nice mid-point between a few different business/commercial districts around Tokyo... More

Nakai Area GuideNakai Area Guide

Nakai is a cozy and quiet residential neighborhood in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. This little gem of a neighborhood gives residents fantastic transportation access to business districts. It's also much more relaxed compared to the downtown glitz and glamor of Shinjuku.

Sendagi Area GuideSendagi Area Guide

Sendagi is a residential neighborhood found in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. A great choice for those looking for a little quiet tucked away in the dense Tokyo cityscape. In fact, Sendagi and its surrounding neighborhoods are a popular destination for those who want to take a leisurely stroll through the calmer, traditional side of Tokyo. Thanks to its nearby shrines and old-school, local shopping streets, there is a lot of nostalgic appeal in this neighborhood that also translates to a unique livability that could be your cup of tea.

Kinshicho Area GuideKinshicho Area Guide

Contents Location Key Stats Livability Kinshicho Apartments Location Kinshicho is an entertainment district in Sumida Ward, Tokyo. It’s considered Sumida Ward’s equivalent to Ikebukuro – a bustling urban center, where you’ll find a variety of shopping malls. The shopping and... More

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Hachioji, Machida, Western Tokyo Cities: COVID Vaccination Ticket ScheduleHachioji, Machida, Western Tokyo Cities: COVID Vaccination Ticket Schedule

As of June 3rd, the majority of the cities in the Tokyo western suburbs have not announced when they will be mailing out COVID-19 vaccination vouchers. Hachioji, Musashino, Kunitachi, and Hinode are scheduled to start sending voucher packets in June.... More

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Tokyo 23 Wards COVID Vaccination Ticket and Schedule: For 16 to 64 Year OldsTokyo 23 Wards COVID Vaccination Ticket and Schedule: For 16 to 64 Year Olds

[Article updated on June 3rd, 6:30am (JST)] About half of Tokyo’s 23 Wards will be sending out COVID-19 vaccination tickets within June for people between 16 and 64, and a handful of wards will also start vaccinating people in this... More

Housing Service Blog

How to get rid of your things when you move out of your Japanese apartmentHow to get rid of your things when you move out of your Japanese apartment

I recently moved out of the small 1K apartment I had been living in for over three years. Over the course of those three years I accumulated a lot of knick knacks and trash. And to be completely honest, I... More

Living

How the resident foreigner population of Tokyo has changed in the past yearHow the resident foreigner population of Tokyo has changed in the past year

Not to overstate the obvious, a lot has changed in Japan in the past year. In this article we take a wide-angle look at how the foreign resident population of Tokyo has changed, based on population data compiled by the... More

Living

How to prevent moisture and mold in your apartment during Japan’s rainy seasonHow to prevent moisture and mold in your apartment during Japan’s rainy season

During Japan’s rainy season, moisture build up in your home can make life a bit uncomfortable and if left unchecked could lead to a much more serious problem, in the form of mold. Mold growth in your home is, of... More

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What can you buy in Osaka for $150,000 or less?What can you buy in Osaka for $150,000 or less?

In this installment of the “what can you buy” series, by popular request, we take a look at what you can buy in Osaka at the below average price point of ¥16,000,000 ($148,000 USD) or much less. To put this... More

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4 reasons why sales of pre-owned homes in Tokyo are surging4 reasons why sales of pre-owned homes in Tokyo are surging

The pre-owned home market in Japan, including both apartments and single-family homes, has traditionally played second fiddle to the market for newly built condominiums and freestanding houses in that the majority of residential home sales in Japan still consists of... More

Rent

5 Apartments You Can Rent Now in Shinjuku — Get a bargain during the summer5 Apartments You Can Rent Now in Shinjuku — Get a bargain during the summer

Summer is a great time to move because it’s the off-peak rental season in Japan. Many landlords offer special promotional pricing on properties, so it’s a time when you can find good properties that weren’t leased out during the spring... More

Living

Needy Families in Japan to Receive Up to ¥300,000 Support Money, as Pandemic ContinuesNeedy Families in Japan to Receive Up to ¥300,000 Support Money, as Pandemic Continues

The Japanese government plans to create a new subsidy system for households which have been financially affected by the ongoing COVID pandemic. As proposed by the Komeito Party, the government would provide a maximum of ¥300,000 ($2,760USD) per qualifying household,... More

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Kansai new apartment prices in April hit levels not seen since the bubble eraKansai new apartment prices in April hit levels not seen since the bubble era

The average sales price of a newly constructed apartment in Japan’s Kansai region hit ¥53,560,000 ($492,400) last month, the highest per unit sales price recorded since May 1992, when the average sales price reached ¥53,580,000 (after having fallen from a... More