GPM Housing Service

Move in by July 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

Living in Japan

7 Stylish Decorating Ideas for a Japanese Studio Apartment

You do not have to give up style and aesthetics just because you live in a small apartment. Below we present some stylish decorating ideas culled from beautifully designed studio apartments shared on, a Japanese interior design photo sharing... More

Living in Tokyo

Budget Apartments 20 Minutes From Shinjuku: Stations With Lowest Rent

This post is for you if you want to eat your cake and have it too. And by cake, we mean a reasonably priced apartment that is located within a 20-min direct ride to Shinjuku. As we mentioned in this... More

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Living in Japan

9-Step Checklist for Renting an Apartment in Japan

Apartment hunting in Japan can be a hassle, but if you’re prepared you can find an apartment that is right for you. We’ve prepared this simple 9-step checklist for renting an apartment in Japan. 1. Calculate what you can afford Make... More

Living in Japan

What is the average work commute time in Japan?

In this article we take a look at the average amount of time people in Japan spend commuting to and from work. The average working person in Japan spends a total of 1 hour 19 minutes a day commuting for... More

Living in Japan

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Rented My First Apartment in Japan

When you are looking for an apartment in Japan and only focus on the rent, you may overlook some things that can really improve your quality of life. Here is some advice from our staff writers and a few things... More

Affordable Living in Tokyo

No Deposit, No Key Money, No Agency Fee Apartments in Tokyo

To lower your expenses when moving into an apartment in Japan, look for properties that don’t require a deposit, key money, or agency fee. This advice may seem unrealistic, but more and more agents and landlords are waiving some or... More