Preparing for Life during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics: Forecast of Busiest Stations and Lines- Part 1

In Part 1 of this series on the expected busiest stations and lines during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, we cover the first ten of about thirty Olympic venues in the greater Tokyo area. Organizers forecast that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and... More

Japan Rail to Start Inspection of Shinkansen Passenger Luggage as Part of Anti-Terror Measures for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

JR East and JR Tokai will begin inspecting passenger luggage at major shinkansen (bullet train) stations by July this year as part of anti-terrorism measures for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In coordination with the police and private security companies, JR... More

How to rent an apartment in Japan

If you’re looking into what the apartment hunting process in Japan entails, here’s our quick rundown of what to expect. Knowledge is half the battle, and you’ll want to be prepared since the battlefield of apartment hunting takes no prisoners.... More

DO’s and DONT’s of Apartment Hunting in Japan: Here’s What I Learned When I Rented My First Apartment

Here are some basic DO’s and DON’Ts of apartment hunting in Japan. This is a list of things that I had to learn from experience, so hopefully, my tribulations and hardships can help prepare others looking for an apartment in... More

Avoiding “Burn-Out” in Japan by Setting Achievable Goals

I hope you all had an enjoyable and safe New Year!  As per usual for this time of year, I had a lot of conversations with friends and acquaintances regarding resolutions and goals. The resolutions I heard ranged from “eat... More

2020 Important Events in Japan and the Japanese Real Estate Industry

The Tokyo Olympics are not the only big event that will take place this year in Japan. In this post we summarize the key events and dates that will affect the country, the Japanese real estate industry and life in... More

Japan New Year Holiday Schedule 2019-2020: When will shops, banks, and post offices be closed?

In Japan, the end-of-the-year and beginning-of-the-year holidays are combined into one long holiday, called nenmatsu-nenshi oyasumi (年末年始お休み).  Businesses, government offices, banks, and the post office will all be closed for a stretch of about nine days at the end of 2019 and... More