GPM Housing Service

Move in by July 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

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

Living in Japan

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Rented My First Apartment in Japan

When you are looking for an apartment in Japan and only focus on the rent, you may overlook some things that can really improve your quality of life. Here is some advice from our staff writers and a few things... More

Affordable Living in Tokyo

No Deposit, No Key Money, No Agency Fee Apartments in Tokyo

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. This advice may seem unrealistic, but more and more agents and landlords are waiving some or... More

Living in Tokyo

What is the cost of living for a single person in Tokyo?

In this article we take a look at the cost of living in Tokyo for a single working person. The estimates below are meant to give you an idea of the main monthly expenses you should budget for as a young... More

360 Virtual Walkthrough: Take a Tour of a Typical Japanese Apartment

This is a 360 video walkthrough of a 2DK (two-room apartment plus a dining/kitchen area) apartment currently for rent in Yamato-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture, about an hour commute from Tokyo Station. The monthly rent for this 34-sqm (365-sqft) apartment is ¥55,000 ($494)... More