Budget Rentals

What can you rent in Tokyo for $500 this week?

We combed through the listings to find the best budget rentals in Tokyo this week. Agents and landlords are offering great deals this season as they are trying to fill vacancies after the March peak season. You may be able... More

Living in Japan

The Other Hidden Costs of Living in a Japanese Apartment

When you’re trying to decide whether you can afford to move into a particular apartment in Japan, you should also remember the other hidden costs involved, not just things like the deposit or key money. In a previous article, we... More

How to Read a Japanese Address

The Japanese address system is based on geographic entities and areas, rather than on a building’s location on a specific street, which is the case in many western countries. In fact, except for Kyoto and Sapporo, an address in Japan... 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

How Foreigners View the Japanese Real Estate Market: Ministry of Land Survey Results

In an effort to boost the Japanese real estate market, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has been focusing on increasing market transparency, especially with respect to the participation of non-Japanese in domestic real estate transactions. The... More

Property Management

What Happens When a Tenant is Delinquent With Rent in Japan?

By Erik Oskamp In general, Japanese renters pay their rent on time, but if they don’t pay, it can be difficult to collect. As a landlord, what are your options? Legal Procedures When a renter stops paying their rent, nominally,... 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