Living in Japan

Move Into These Central Tokyo Apartments for About $1,000

It is eminently possible to find an budget apartment outside central Tokyo. It’s a bigger challenge to find an affordable apartment inside the Yamanote line, and an even bigger challenge to find a place with low move-in costs. It’s a... More

GPM Housing Service

Move in by August 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 2,000+ properties. Properties pre-approved by landlords to be rented to... More

How to Avoid Hidden Costs When Renting an Apartment in Japan

When you are apartment hunting anywhere in world, it’s a good idea to ask questions and read the fine print before you commit to anything. This is especially true in Japan. Even if the language is not a problem for... More

Studio apartment for rent Shin Osaka Station

Affordable Living in Osaka

No key money, no deposit, no agency fee apartments in Osaka

This is a follow-up article to our post on No Deposit, No Key Money, No Agency Fee Apartments in Tokyo. No key money, no deposit, no agency fee apartments do exist! More and more agents and landlords are waiving some... More

Local Agent Insight

How to Find a Good Real Estate Agent in Tokyo: Interview with Local Agent — FREA

Real Estate Japan recently sat down with FREA, a bilingual Tokyo real estate brokerage, to ask for their insight and advice to foreigners who are looking to rent property in Japan. Q1. What do you think about the overall process... More

Living in Tokyo

Budget Apartments 20 Minutes From Shinjuku: Stations With Lowest Rent

This post is for you if you want to eat your cake and have it too. And by cake, we mean a reasonably priced apartment that is located within a 20-min direct ride to Shinjuku. As we mentioned in this... More

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Living in Japan

9-Step Checklist for Renting an Apartment in Japan

Apartment hunting in Japan can be a hassle, but if you’re prepared you can find an apartment that is right for you. We’ve prepared this simple 9-step checklist for renting an apartment in Japan. 1. Calculate what you can afford Make... More