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Japan Room Finder Staff Intro: Nathan from the U.S.

Hi, my name is Nathan and welcome to our Japan Room Finder blog! I’ve been working at GPlusMedia for the Japan Room Finder for just over two years now, and we’ve decided to start a blog of our own. What... More

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Renovated Thatched-Roof House for Sale in the Kyoto Countryside

[SPONSORED CONTENT] Nestled in a town just north of Kyoto is a rare property – a gorgeously renovated thatched-roof house built in the Kyoto Tamba Kogen Quasi-National Park area. This region is famous for its traditional farmhouses but only once... More

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Student-friendly apartments in and near Tokyo – Here’s where to live if you’re on a budget!

This month we saw an increase in inquiries from people looking for student- and budget-friendly apartments in and around Tokyo, as can perhaps be expected with the news regarding the loosening of border restrictions. Below we feature the top three... More

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How 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

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The right timing for apartment hunting in Japan

One of the first things we always tell those who inquire is that most property owners and property management companies in Japan will only accept your application if you’re ready to start your lease in the next two to three... More

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Japan’s expensive, mandatory shaken car inspections: My experience

I bought a car last summer and recently brought it in for “shaken,” (車検) the motor vehicle inspection required by the Japanese government every two to three years. Prior to buying a car I heard that Japanese people don’t often... More

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Getting a PCR test in Japan: My Experience

I’ve had an ongoing fever for about a week now with only minor other symptoms, and while normally I wouldn’t be worried about something like that, being mid-pandemic introduced a new layer of anxiety. While the staff at the Japan... More

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Moving to Japan after the travel ban is lifted? Here are 4 things to consider

On December 28th, a ban on new entry into the country was placed on most foreigners until the end of January. Shortly afterwards, on January 8th, the Japanese government implemented a state of emergency for the Tokyo metropolis, along with... More

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My Experience Going to the Dentist in Japan: 4 Things I Learned

Despite the eternal COVID-19 purgatory that we have all been living in, I wanted to keep my spirits up during this holiday season. What says “holidays” more than, “being forced to go to the dentist for the first time in... More

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Where to live in Chiba for an Easy Commute to Tokyo and Nishi Funabashi: Gyotoku Station

In this installment of our popular series on where to live in Chiba, I’d like to introduce a great station in Chiba that isn’t very well known among foreigners. Gyotoku Station Gyotoku station is located in the city of Ichikawa,... More

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The Struggle of Moving Around New Years in Japan

December is traditionally a great time to move in Japan, as competition is low and discounts are likely. However, that comes with one big caveat… The closer you get to the new year, the tighter the time frame becomes. In... More

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How I Dealt With my Noisy Neighbors in Japan (Kind of)

The Olympics are coming up next year and if there was a category for being the noisiest neighbors, I think mine would be in the running for the gold. I forget exactly when they moved in, but it was sometime... More

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3 Things You Can Find at a Japanese 7-Eleven and 2 Things You Can’t

There’s a lot of convenience stores in Japan but 7-Eleven is definitely my favorite of them all. Although the actual stores themselves tend to be on the older side compared to other convenience stores, they can’t be beat in terms... More

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Top 5 unrealistic expectations about finding an apartment in Japan

Speaking to apartment hunters and real estate agents everyday, I’ve noticed that there are a few common misconceptions people have about moving in Japan. Below are the five that I see most often. Please give it a read so you’ll... More

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3 Rules for Living in a Japanese Apartment That You Should Know

There are a lot of rules that come with living in Japan. When it comes to apartments, things can get even more complicated. Signing a two year contract in a language you may or may not be able to fully... More

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What are the best video streaming services to use in Japan? The good, the bad, the issues

A few months ago, I wrote an article about why you need a VPN in Japan. One of the biggest reasons is so you can use it to watch Netflix and videos from other countries.  Admittedly though, using a VPN... More

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How to Buy a Car in Japan: Step by Step Guide

This step-by-step guide to buying a car is a follow up to the articles below on how to buy a car in Japan: Do you need a car? Do you want a car? Costs of car ownership in Japan What... More

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5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Car in Japan

Just recently I completed the process of buying a car in Japan for the first time. To be honest, it was quite an ordeal. From start (deciding to buy a car) to finish (getting the keys), the whole process took... More

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Costs of Car Ownership in Japan

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on 5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Car in Japan  You want a car, but realistically, can you do it? There are two aspects of this: your financial situation and your... More

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How to buy a car in Japan and what features to look for

This is Part 3 in a 3-Part series on 5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Car in Japan In this section, we’ll be covering 4. What kind of car should you get? 5. Where is the best place to shop... More