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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

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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

Interview on YouTube’s “Find Your Love in Japan” Channel on Why It’s Difficult for Foreigners to Rent an Apartment in Japan

In this video from the popular “Find Your Love in Japan” channel on YouTube, Nobita-san interviews Ken Shimizu and Jun Yamamoto from Real Estate Japan on why it’s so difficult for foreigners to rent an apartment in Japan. From Nobita-san’s... More

Renting in Japan: Do I really have to pay a lease renewal fee?

This article is part of our series on “How to live in a Japanese apartment“. In this installment, we discuss the sometimes unpleasant issue of the lease renewal fee. It may seem perverse to have to pay a fee to... More

What can you rent for $700 or Less in Tokyo and not pay key money, deposit, or agency fee?

To lower your expenses when moving into an apartment in Japan look for properties that don’t require a deposit, key money, or agency fee. Agents and landlords sometimes waive some or all of these fees, especially when they are trying... More

No Key Money, No Deposit, No Agency Fee Apartments in Tokyo: For $600 or Less

To lower your expenses when moving into an apartment in Japan look for properties that don’t require a deposit, key money, or agency fee. More and more agents and landlords are waiving some or all of these fees, especially when... More