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What can you rent in Tokyo for $630 or Less a Month? 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 $650 (¥57,000) a month or less. No one likes to pay high move-in costs, so the examples... More

Word of the Day - January 10, 2019

Auto Lock – オートロック – Real Estate Japan’s Word-of-the-Day

Auto Lock オートロック English definition: An auto lock in an apartment building is an electronic lock usually equipped with an intercom and/or viewing monitor that allows you to buzz visitors from the entrance lobby to the part of the lobby... More

Word of the Day - January 9, 2019

Chiku-nen – 築年 – Real Estate Japan’s Word-of-the-day

CHIKU-NEN 築年, ちくねん English definition: Year built Real Estate Japan‘s word of the day for January 9, 2019 Good to know The Building Standards Law was amended in 1981 to introduce new standards for designing buildings for earthquake resistance. This... More

Word of the day - January 8, 2019

Kasai Hoken – 火災保険 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

KASAI HOKEN 火災保険, かさいほけん English definition: Fire insurance Real Estate Japan‘s word of the day for January 8, 2019 Good to know The kanji 火災 is read kasai and means “fire”. The kanji 保険 is read hoken and means “insurance”. When you rent... More

Word of the day - January 7, 2019

KANRIHI – 管理費 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

KANRI-HI: Building Maintenance Fee 管理費, かんりひ English definition: (Building) maintenance fee, common area maintenance fee Real Estate Japan‘s word-of-the-day for January 7, 2019 Good to know Kanri-hi is a fee you pay, on top of your monthly rent, to pay... More

SHIKIKIN – 敷金 – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

敷金 SHIKI-KIN English definition: Security deposit (when renting an apartment) Real Estate Japan‘s word-of-the day for January 6, 2019 Good to know Shikikin or deposit is required for most long-term apartment lease contracts and is usually equal to one or two... More

Living in Tokyo

What can you rent in Roppongi for $920 or Less a Month?

Ahhh, Roppongi. Love it, hate it, or don’t spend any time thinking about it: whatever your feelings about Roppongi…it is undeniably one of the most popular residential choices for 20- and 30-somethings who want to live right in the city... More