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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

Living

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

Living

On Oct 1st Here’s What Will Change About Living in Japan: It’s Not Just the Consumption Tax Increase

On October 1st, Japan’s consumption tax will increase from 8% to 10%. This is the first rate hike in five and a half years. But it’s not the only thing that will be changing. Below we give an overview of... More

Living

What’s the hardest thing about living in Japan as a foreigner?

There are a lot of awesome things about living in Japan as a foreigner. If you’re reading this in country as a resident foreigner, we’re sure you have your own Top 10 list! But there’s a flip side, too. When... More

Buy

What can you buy for the average sales price of an apartment in the Tokyo 23 Wards?

In this installment in the “what can you buy” series, we feature properties with a listing price of about ¥75,000,000 ($706,000). This is a price point to keep in mind if you are looking to buy property in the Tokyo... More

Living

What is the cost of living for a family of four in Tokyo?

In this article we take a look at the cost of living in Tokyo for a family of four. Please note that the cost of living estimates below are for an average family of four living in Tokyo. The scenarios... More

Seminars

Investing in Japanese Real Estate for Beginners with Low Money Down

The latest installment in our series of seminars for foreign residents of Japan who are interested in getting started in real estate investment. Learn how to leverage your residency status to get preferential financing terms. Doors open at 10:45AM. The seminar will be held from 11AM to Noon.

Living

How important is it to live “near” the nearest station when choosing an apartment in Japan?

When apartment hunting in Japan, many people consider proximity to the nearest station to be a make-it or break-it factor. This is with good reason. If you spend anywhere from 30-minutes to an hour or more riding the train to... More

Living

How the Japanese Government is Trying to Convince More Landlords to Rent to Foreigners

If you have ever tried to rent an apartment in Japan as a foreigner and have been rejected because of your nationality, you may be surprised to learn that Japanese landlords face serious, long-term headwinds with respect to renting out... More

Rent

Yokohama Apartments for Rent: Top 5 Picks This Month for Living in Yokohama

For several years running, Yokohama has been voted by locals as one of the best places to live in the Greater Tokyo Area. This beautiful bayside city is very popular with foreign residents, who are drawn by its numerous international-standard... More

Living

List of Free and Affordable Japanese Classes Near You in Japan — By Prefecture

In almost every prefecture in Japan, free or very affordable Japanese classes are offered to foreign residents by local non-profit international exchange associations. The classes are taught by volunteers and usually held at a community center or other public facility.... More

Rent

Tokyo Short Stay Apartments and Guest Houses: This Week’s Top 5 Picks

Sometimes you just need a place to hang your hat for a bit before you settle down into a more permanent situation…Here are our picks for the Top 5  Tokyo short stay apartments of the week, chosen from over 940 short stay apartments currently... More

Buy

Buyers Scooped Up Apartments in Greater Tokyo at Record Pace in FY2018: Here’s What They Paid

Buyers bought apartments in the greater Tokyo area at a record pace in FY2018 (April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019), according to a report recently released by the Real Estate Information Network System (REINS). The greater Tokyo region consists of... More

Seminars

Investing in Japanese Real Estate with Low Money Down: For Permanent Residents of Japan

The latest installment in our series of seminars for foreign residents of Japan who are interested in getting started in real estate Investment. Learn how to leverage your residency status to get preferential financing terms. Doors open at 10:45AM. The seminar will be held from 11AM to Noon.

Seminars

Investing in Japanese Real Estate for Permanent Residents of Japan

A brand new series of seminars for Permanent Residents of Japan who are interested in getting started in real estate investment. Learn how to use your PR status to get the best possible financing terms and high ROI on your investment. Doors open at 1:15PM. The seminar will be held from 1:30PM to 2:30PM.

Seminars

Investing in Japanese Real Estate with Low Money Down: How to Get the Best Financing Terms

A brand new series of seminars for foreign residents of Japan who are interested in getting started in real estate investment. Learn how to leverage your residency status to get the best possible financing terms. Doors open at 6:45PM. The seminar will be held from 7PM to 8PM.

Seminars

Investing in Japanese Real Estate with Low Money Down: How to Leverage Your Residency Status

A brand new series of seminars for foreign residents of Japan who are interested in getting started in real estate investment. Learn how to leverage your residency status to get a higher cash-on-cash return. Doors open at 6:45PM. The seminar will be held from 7PM to 8PM.

Living

What is a 2LDK apartment? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

2LDK A 2LDK is an apartment with two rooms in addition to a living, dining and kitchen area. L stands for “Living”, D stands for “Dining”, K stands for Kitchen”. The number 2 indicates that there is one room in addition to the main living area.... More

Living

Where is the Washing Machine in My Japanese Apartment? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

The word-of-the-day is: Sentakki Okiba 洗濯機 置き場, せんたっきおきば English definition: Hook-up area for washing machine Unless otherwise stated in the listing, most Japanese rental apartments are unfurnished. They generally do not come equipped with any furniture, a refrigerator or washer/dryer.... More

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What is a Service Room in a Japanese Apartment? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Today’s word-of-the-day is: Nando 納戸, なんど English definition: Closet The literal meaning of this word is “closet” – a room for storing clothes or other items. However, in many real estate listings and advertisements, this label actually refers to a “service... More