Living in Japan

Why do foreigners come to live in Japan? Breakdown by Visa Status

In this article, we analyze visa and residency status data to answer the question, “Why do foreigners come to live in Japan?” Before we go any further we realize that there are limits to what visa status can actually tell... More

Living in Style

7 Simple Ideas for Decorating a Small Japanese Apartment

You don’t have to give up style or comfort just because you live in a small apartment. To help you get inspired, we present some design ideas from small studio apartments (1R or 1K) around Japan. This is part of... More

Living in Japan

How much living space does the average household have in Japan?

There is a stereotype that homes in Japan are so small that they can be likened to rabbit hutches. In this article we take a look at the data to see the average amount of living space per person in... More

Living in Japan

Move Into These Central Tokyo Apartments for About $1,000

It is eminently possible to find an budget apartment outside central Tokyo. It’s a bigger challenge to find an affordable apartment inside the Yamanote line, and an even bigger challenge to find a place with low move-in costs. It’s a... More

GPM Housing Service

Move in by August 31, 2017 and Get One Month’s Free Rent

Renting an apartment in Japan can be stressful. The GPM Housing Service is designed to make it easy! When you rent your apartment through the GPM Housing Service: Choose from 2,000+ properties. Properties pre-approved by landlords to be rented to... More

How to Avoid Hidden Costs When Renting an Apartment in Japan

When you are apartment hunting anywhere in world, it’s a good idea to ask questions and read the fine print before you commit to anything. This is especially true in Japan. Even if the language is not a problem for... More

Local Agent Insight

How to Find a Good Real Estate Agent in Tokyo: Interview with Local Agent — FREA

Real Estate Japan recently sat down with FREA, a bilingual Tokyo real estate brokerage, to ask for their insight and advice to foreigners who are looking to rent property in Japan. Q1. What do you think about the overall process... More