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What is a 3LDK apartment? — Japanese Apartment 101 Guides

What exactly is a 3LDK apartment and what can you expect to see when you’re looking at a listing for a 3LDK? What is a 3LDK apartment in Japan? The 3 in 3LDK refers to three rooms designated as bedrooms... More

What is a 1LDK apartment? — Japanese Apartment 101 Guides

What exactly is a 1LDK apartment and what can you expect to see when you’re looking at a listing for one? If you need a crash-course or refresher on the basics of Japanese apartment abbreviations, check out our article on... More

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

Looking for an Apartment Tokyo: Top 11 Things First-Time Apartment Renters Regret Not Asking

Finding your ideal apartment in Tokyo is no easy task. First is the language barrier. Most real estate agents in Japan do not speak English and housing discrimination against foreigners does exist. Even if you work with a bilingual real... More

What can you rent for $700 in Tokyo? With No Key Money, Agency Fee or Deposit

In this installment of the “what can you rent” series, we focus on Tokyo, including short-term options available now for $700 (¥75,000) a month or less. No one likes to pay high move-in costs, so the examples below all feature apartments... 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