What is Key Money in Japan and 3 Ways to Avoid Paying It

Key money, called reikin (礼金) in Japanese, is a payment that you make to the landlord as part of your move-in fees. It will not be returned to you when you vacate your apartment. It is often explained as a cultural... More

Short-Term Apartments for Quarantine In Japan

Japan started easing border controls on March 1st, but returnees and foreigners coming from some countries are still required to do quarantine stays of varying periods, from three to seven days. Below we feature examples of apartments available to rent... More

5 affordable, spacious pet-friendly apartments you can rent in Japan now

On Real Estate Japan, we currently list over 3,300 pet-friendly apartments in Japan. In this post, we cull through the listings to recommend five great properties that meet more stringent requirements. The featured properties below are all: Pet friendly Have... More

What is the average rent in Nagoya?

The average rent in the city of Nagoya is ¥78,886 ($686 USD at 1USD = 115JPY), but average rent varies widely by the size and location of the property, among many other factors. 1R 1K or 1DK 1LDK or 2K... More

Top 5 No key money, No deposit, No agency fee apartments to Rent in Tokyo Now

High move-in costs can make it hard to move into a better apartment or to a location you want to live. On average, move-in costs in Tokyo can add up to between five and seven months’ rent. So one of... More

Questions your real estate agent will ask when you’re renting an apartment in Japan

When you rent an apartment in Japan, you’ll have to have a lot of information on hand even before you step inside for your first room viewing. Here are the questions you should prepare for! Questions about yourself These are... More

How to fill out a Japanese apartment lease application: Cheat Sheet with Translation

Use this cheat sheet to help you fill out a standard Japanese residential apartment lease application. We’ve broken the translation into five parts below, but the whole application is usually just one-page long:   Part 1: Rental Conditions 賃貸入居申込書: chintai... More