Renting in Tokyo

No Key Money Apartments in Tokyo for $510 or Much Less a Month

In this installment of the “What can you rent in Tokyo” series, we feature budget apartments within easy commuting distance of major stations in Tokyo like Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Shinagawa. Most of the examples below are all long-term rentals. None... More

How to Live in a Japanese Apartment

When something breaks in your rental apartment in Japan: Who is responsible for fixing it?

In this article, which is part of the series on “how to live in a Japanese apartment,” we discuss what to do when equipment, such as an air conditioning unit or cooking range, breaks. Who should you call to fix... More

Renting in Tokyo

Rent a Tokyo Apartment with No Deposit, No key Money, No Agency Fee for $600 a Month or Less

Contrary to popular belief, low move-in cost (no key money, no agency fee, no deposit) apartments in Tokyo are not impossible to find. In the summer months, especially, agents and landlords sometimes waive some or all of these fees, especially... More

Stigmatized Properties - Jiko Bukken

Renting a Stigmatized Property to Save Money? FAQs on Jiko Bukken in Japan

In this article, we explain what a stigmatized (jiko bukken) property is in Japan and whether you can get a big bargain by renting one. Also, how do you go about renting a jiko bukken? What is a “Jiko Bukken”... More

Renting in Tokyo

What can you rent near Shibuya for $550 or less a month?

If you want to live near the bright lights and frenetic energy of Shibuya without paying Shibuya prices, this article is for you! Below we highlight some neighborhoods and properties located within one to five stops of Shibuya, which you... More

Local Guides to Neighborhoods Around Japan

Nishi Shinjuku Go-Chome: Where I Live in Tokyo

Nishi Shinjuku Go-Chome is a station on the Toei Oedo metro line in Nishi (West) Shinjuku. It is centrally located just west of Shinjuku Chuo (Central) Park and the Nishi Shinjuku skyscraper district. It’s also just one stop from Shinjuku... More

Renting an apartment in Japan

Super Budget-Friendly Apartments Near Tokyo: With no key money, no deposit, no agency fee

One of the ways to lower your monthly rent in Tokyo is to move just outside the city. In this article, we feature some super budget-friendly apartments for rent (starting from about $272 in Total Monthly Costs), with an hour... More