AirBnB in Japan

AirbnB in Japan Close to Full Legalization: Details of Draft Law

By Jeff Wynkoop The Japanese cabinet has just cleared the way for full legalization of Airbnb-style (minpaku, 民泊) private-stay accomodations in Japan. Implementation in 2018 On March 10th, the Japanese Cabinet agreed to the contents of the draft law to... More

Tokyo’s Fastest Growing Areas in 2016 and Why People Are Moving There

For the 20th consecutive year Tokyo had more people living in or moving into the area than leaving. This is according to the results of the Basic Register of Residents (住民基本台帳 juumin kihon daichou) released by Japan’s Ministry of Internal... More

Part 1

Guide to Reading Japanese Place Names: With Kanji and Examples

This is the first chapter in a multipart guide to reading Japanese place names. Here we’ll cover how directions and geographic relationships and attributes are read in place names. The examples given below are by no means exhaustive! Directions 中央... More

User Survey

My Ideal Apartment in Japan: User Survey

The purpose of this survey is to get your opinion on your ideal living situation in Japan, specifically with respect to the location, features and amenities that you would like to have in a Japanese apartment. We would like to... More

Property Management

A Tale of a Haunted Apartment in Tokyo: Renting Out a Stigmatized Property

By: Erik Oskamp Many Japanese people are superstitious. An apartment next to a cemetery will be difficult to rent out, especially if you can see the tombs from the kitchen. The worst thing is if a suicide has happened in... More

GPM Housing Service

Move in by March 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 2,700+ properties. Properties pre-approved by landlord to be rented to... More

No Key Money Apartments in Tokyo Are Not Hard to Find

Key money (reikin, 礼金) is often cited as one of the most peculiar and frustrating aspects of renting an apartment in Japan. In this article we explain why it is, in fact, not difficult to find a “no key money”... More