Moving to Tokyo Guide

Moving to Tokyo? Browse our guides and tips on moving to and renting an apartment in Tokyo.

How to prepare for your apartment application in Japan

Applying to rent an apartment in Tokyo may seem intimidating at first, especially if you’re new to Japan. However, with a good real estate agent and the right preparation, you can remove a lot of the stress and even enjoy the search for your new home.

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How much you need to live comfortably in Tokyo

If you’re new to Japan, it can be difficult to figure out how much money you need to live comfortably. Check out our infographic on the Cost of Living in Tokyo for an easy to understand breakdown.

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How apartment rentals work in Japan

Japan’s curious rental process

Going through the process of renting an apartment in Japan? You may have noticed it’s not quite the same as in the west. One of the key differences is the first-in, first-served application screening.

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Finding the perfect apartment for you

An expat's guide to renting in Tokyo

So you have the job in Tokyo and you now need to find a place to stay. It doesn’t matter if you are an expat, foreigner, gaijin or gaikokujin in Tokyo – everyone is the same! If you have friends living in the city, they may be able to help by recommending good estate agents or even have a spare room.

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Learn about Japanese-style apartments

Japanese apartment size guide - with diagrams

Depending on the country you are from, you may be used to having plenty of space at your disposal. it’s also important to have realistic expectations of rental properties in Japan. We compare 5 common Japanese apartment sizes and layouts so you know what to expect.

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