Moving in Tokyo as an International Couple

At the Housing Service we receive a lot of inquiries from couples looking to relocate. Following up on from my article last week on why my friend moved to Tachikawa, I thought it might be worth interviewing a friend who... More

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

Why I moved to Tachikawa from Nishidai in the Tokyo 23 Wards

Working at the Housing Service, we receive a lot of inquiries from people who aren’t sure where to settle for their next move. As much as we are required to know about areas in Tokyo, it’s always better to hear... More

Renting an apartment in Japan during COVID-19 and why you shouldn’t expect to get an exception to rules

We all know contracts are important. In the midst of the ongoing global pandemic, you may have heard that some real estate companies in various areas of the world are being more lenient with their contracts in order to help... More

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

Best places to live in Saitama — Our Top 3 Picks for This Month

Recently I did an article about three stations in Chiba to consider and another on living in west Tokyo, but this week I want to look just a bit further north at the prefecture of Saitama. Similar to Chiba, Saitama... More

Buying Southeast Asian Foods and Ingredients in Tokyo — Asia Yaosho in Kabukicho

Tucked away in the heart of Kabukicho is Asia Yaosho, a quaint market carrying Southeast Asian food products. A quick Google search leads to a website supporting online orders. It lists its main location as Kinshicho, but I came to... More