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The Other Hidden Costs of Living in a Japanese Apartment

When you’re trying to decide whether you can afford to move into a particular apartment in Japan, you should also remember the other hidden costs involved, not just things like the deposit or key money. In a previous article, we... More

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Five Space Saving Ideas For Living in a Japanese Apartment

In the spirit of osouji (end-of-the-year cleaning and de-cluttering) we take a look at some ingenious products available in Japan designed to help cramped apartment dwellers use the space in their home as efficiently as possible. 10cm (4 inch) wide Sliding Kitchen Rack... More

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Average Price of an Apartment in Japan in 2020 – Ranked by Prefecture

In this article we rank Japan’s 47 prefectures by the average listing price for a re-sale apartment. What is the average price of an apartment in Japan? It can be misleading to present average price data out of context, since... More

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Tokyo Hidden Gems: Student-Friendly Apartment in the College Town of Yushima

In today’s installment of Tokyo Hidden Gems, we take a look at a studio apartment for rent in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. This ward is where you’ll find popular destinations like Tokyo Dome City (an urban amusement park complete with roller... More

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Tokyo Hidden Gems: Traditional Meets Modern at a Short Term Apartment Rental in Iriya

The cityscape of Tokyo is vast and diverse: from the ultra-modern, ultra-stylish neighborhoods around Shibuya to the old-school, timeless neighborhoods of Asakusa. If you’re planning a vacation or even an extended stay in Tokyo it’s a good idea to get... More

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How to use a Japanese Washing Machine — Living in Japan 101 Guides

Moving to a different country comes with a lot of new experience, but much like death and taxes, laundry is a constant. However, doing laundry in Japan presents its own set of challenges. In this article we’ll go over major... More

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How I found my apartment in Japan: Sigfried and Anne from the United States

There are as many different reasons for moving to Japan as there are foreign residents here! Real Estate Japan recently conducted an email interview with Sigfried Trent, a freelance writer and English instructor, on what brought him and his wife,... More

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How much can you save by staying at a share house in Japan? — Japanese Apartment 101 Guides

Moving is a daunting task in itself, and moving out to your first apartment in another country adds a lot of new challenges. Another route for apartment seekers looking for a place to live in Japan is to search for... More

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9 Inspired Ideas for Decorating a Small 1R Apartment in Japan

The classic starter apartment for most people in Japan is a 1R or 1K. Both of these apartment layouts are essentially rectangular boxes with a large sliding glass door that opens to a balcony. The flooring in most apartments in... More

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How much do you spend a month living in Tokyo?

In this article we’ve gathered data on how much three foreign residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area spend on average per month. Our sample selection of residents will remain anonymous as a measure to protect their privacy, but all three... More

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What is a 3LDK apartment? — Japanese Apartment 101 Guides

What exactly is a 3LDK apartment and what can you expect to see when you’re looking at a listing for a 3LDK? What is a 3LDK apartment in Japan? The 3 in 3LDK refers to three rooms designated as bedrooms... More

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What is a 1LDK apartment? — Japanese Apartment 101 Guides

What exactly is a 1LDK apartment and what can you expect to see when you’re looking at a listing for one? If you need a crash-course or refresher on the basics of Japanese apartment abbreviations, check out our article on... More

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Japanese Apartment Layouts: Japanese Apartment 101 Guides

What is a 1LDK apartment? How is it different from a 1DK apartment? If you’re starting your Japanese apartment hunt and you’re getting bogged down by L’s and K’s, here’s our guide to understanding Japanese apartment layouts. Contents Abbreviations Layout... More

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Looking for an Apartment Tokyo: Top 11 Things First-Time Apartment Renters Regret Not Asking

Finding your ideal apartment in Tokyo is no easy task. First is the language barrier. Most real estate agents in Japan do not speak English and housing discrimination against foreigners does exist. Even if you work with a bilingual real... More

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Older Apartments in Greater Tokyo Have a Banner Sales Year in 2019

Sales of previously owned (re-sale) apartments in the greater Tokyo area had a record-breaking year in 2019, with sales contracts hitting a new high and surpassing the 38,000-level mark for the first time. This is according to a recently released... More

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How to rent an apartment in Japan

If you’re looking into what the apartment hunting process in Japan entails, here’s our quick rundown of what to expect. Knowledge is half the battle, and you’ll want to be prepared since the battlefield of apartment hunting takes no prisoners.... More

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DO’s and DONT’s of Apartment Hunting in Japan: Here’s What I Learned When I Rented My First Apartment

Here are some basic DO’s and DON’Ts of apartment hunting in Japan. This is a list of things that I had to learn from experience, so hopefully, my tribulations and hardships can help prepare others looking for an apartment in... More

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2020 Important Events in Japan and the Japanese Real Estate Industry

The Tokyo Olympics are not the only big event that will take place this year in Japan. In this post we summarize the key events and dates that will affect the country, the Japanese real estate industry and life in... More

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Top 3 Insider Tips for Getting Your Apartment Application in Japan Approved

The busy season for renting an apartment in Japan starts in January and ends around the end of of March. If you’re applying for an apartment in the next three months, you will be competing with a lot of other... More

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Buying an apartment in a high-rise tower mansion in Japan? Be aware of these potential risks

High-rise residential buildings are a hallmark of the Japanese urban landscape and a popular choice for homebuyers, but there are a number of risks specific to owning a unit in a tower mansion that prospective purchasers should know about. High-rise... More