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

Word of the Day - January 5, 2019

MADORI – 間取り – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

間取り MADORI English definition: Layout, as in room layout or floor plan Good to Know How to read a Japanese apartment floor plan (A detailed explanation of how to decipher a Japanese apartment floor plan) Apartment descriptions in Japan don’t... More

Tokyo Neighborhoods

Least expensive neighborhoods on the Yamanote Line: The good, the bad, the average rent

In Tokyo, the Yamanote line is the “It” line separating what is central from what is not. Average rent and sale prices for homes inside the Yamanote line tend to be higher than outside. The train line itself crosses through nine... More

Rent an Apartment for $500 a Month in Tokyo: With No Key Money, No Agency Fee, No Deposit

In this installment of the “what can you rent” series, we focus on Tokyo, especially short-term and student-friendly options to see what you can rent in and near Tokyo for about $500 (¥57,000) a month. No one likes to pay... More