How To Rent An Apartment In Tokyo With Adam German


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One of the first major challenges that many foreigners will face when moving to Japan is renting an apartment. The idea of finding a place you like, handing over first and last months rent and getting the keys is not exactly done here. Instead, renting an apartment in Tokyo is a complicated process filled with all sorts of archaic procedures, strange acronyms, and more fees than you can possibly imagine.

To help us understand this process we are joined by Adam German from Real Estate Japan, who is going to guide us through the necessary steps of securing your new home away from home.

  • If you decide to expand your family and look
    for a much larger place, you can always have this rented out.
    If you think about it, it makes sense – condos tend to be concentrated in urban areas,
    which is also where many colleges and universities are located.
    Commercialization and urbanization paved the way to lesser trees.

  • This is really awesome insight. Great podcast.

  • I definitely recommend either renting an apartment or just staying at a hotel if you’re not staying for a long time – whatever you do, do not stay at ‘sharehouses’ or ‘guesthouses’ . Perhaps some of them aren’t too bad, but I personally had horrible experiences with them, especially at Modern Guesthouse Living. At first they seem all foreigner-friendly, but the guy in charge is a real dickhead, and tries his best to get every penny out of you for ridiculous things like garbage and ‘tiny marks on the wallpaper’. I absolutely regret staying there, and I would hate for anyone else to have a bad experience there and therefore come to dislike Japan. If there are any other tokyo accommodation related forums, please let me know so I can spread the word about which guesthouses to avoid!


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