Japanese Apartment Layouts: Japanese Apartment 101 Guides

What is a 1LDK apartment? How is it different from a 1DK apartment? If you’re starting your Japanese apartment hunt and you’re getting bogged down by L’s and K’s, here’s our guide to understanding Japanese apartment layouts. Contents Abbreviations Layout... More

Japan to Tighten Foreign Student Visa Screening as of April to Cut Down on Overstayers: List of Countries

The Immigration Services Agency of Japan has made public that as of April, it plans to apply stricter standards for student visa applications submitted by nationals of eighty countries in an effort to deal with the growing issue of visa... More

Ministry of Land Begins Flight Tests of New Haneda Airport Routes Over Central Tokyo: Noise Concerns

On February 2nd, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) began flight tests of large commercial passenger aircraft along the new Haneda Airport routes that are set to begin on March 29th. Currently, only landing routes flying over... More

Where do foreigners want to buy homes in Tokyo? Here are the Top 5 Most Popular Stations

In this post, we present the Top 5 most popular stations for people searching for properties for sale on in 2019. The ranking below is based on an analysis of property listings in the Tokyo 23 Wards that people... More

JR East to Test New “Easy Tap” Ticket Gates at Shinjuku and Takanawa Gateway Station with QR Code Readers

JR East plans to test new automated ticket gates designed to make it easier for passengers to scan their tickets, with separate touch panels for IC Card and QR Code tickets. The new ticket gates have also been designed to... More

Connecting with Your Community in Japan Through Volunteer Work

If you have a valid visa to live in Japan, you’re considered a resident by the government. But psychologically, that shift in mindset might not happen so readily. Even for those who have lived in Japan for years, the act... More

6 Tips for Getting Around on a Snow Day in the Greater Tokyo Region

The Kanto and Koshin Meteorological Observatories released early warning information on the evening of January 26th about the possibility of heavy snowfall in the Kanto and Koshin regions in the next few days. Some parts of Saitama prefecture may see... More