Yokohama Apartments for Rent: Top 5 Picks This Month for Living in Yokohama

For several years running, Yokohama has been voted by locals as one of the best places to live in the Greater Tokyo Area. This beautiful bayside city is very popular with foreign residents, who are drawn by its numerous international-standard... More

Tokyo Short Stay Apartments and Guest Houses: This Week’s Top 5 Picks

Sometimes you just need a place to hang your hat for a bit before you settle down into a more permanent situation…Here are our picks for the Top 5  Tokyo short stay apartments of the week, chosen from over 940 short stay apartments currently... More

LeoPalace21 Reveals Defects in Buildings Constructed in 2018: Another 3,700 Buildings Affected

In a fresh blow to its brand, LeoPalace 21, the operator of over 30,000 budget apartment units across Japan, announced on April 10th that it has uncovered shoddy construction in another 3,784 buildings, bringing the total number of buildings with... More

What percentage of apartments in Japan do not require a deposit and key money ?

In this article, we give an overview of the main move-in costs required for renting an apartment in Japan and how common it is for a deposit and key money to be a requirement. Of the move-in costs usually required... More

Tokyo Budget Living

Tokyo Budget Apartments: What you can rent for $600 with No Key Money, No Deposit, No Agency Fee

By popular request, in this installment of the “what can you rent” series, we focus on Tokyo, including short-term options available now for $600 (¥65,000) a month or less. No one likes to pay high move-in costs, so the examples below... More

Top 5 Reasons Rental Applications Are Rejected by Landlords in Japan

In this article, we discuss the main reasons why landlords in Japan reject applications from potential tenants. And how you can improve your chances of getting the apartment you want. #1 If you’re a foreigner….housing discrimination Let’s deal with this... More

LeoPalace21 Admits to Insufficient Fireproofing in Another 1,300+ Buildings, 7,700 Tenants Urged to Move

In a new scandal, LeoPalace21, the operator of over 30,000 budget apartment units across Japan, announced on February 7th that it has confirmed construction failures in walls and ceilings of 1,324 apartment buildings it operates in 33 prefectures. This admission... More