Article by one of our content writers, Sarah, who tells of her experiences with Tokyo moving season as an apartment hunter. In these boxes, are notes from Team Apts.jp, so you can hear both sides! Are you planning to find an apartment in Tokyo, during moving...

Comparing Japanese Apartment Complex Types As an expat moving to or living in Tokyo, there are choices to be made when choosing your living space. As for apartment complex types, you can live in either an "apartment" (called 'apa-to' / アパート) or "mansion" (called 'manshon' /...

Shibuya is, ostensibly, a microcosm of Tokyo. A space in a constant state of flux. Protean and shape-shifting it gives itself a face lift on a daily basis. In the early noughties it was the center of Japanese youth culture, spearheading the ganguro (dark tan and heavy make up tribe which peaked in the 90s) and gyaru (a Japanese play on the English ‘gal’) movements which morphed into dolly-kei and fairy-kei enclaves years later. Now, as a new decade appears on the horizon, and the Japanese population ages, it has begun to hark back to the olden days when Shibuya was a trading hub serving restaurants and wholesalers.
In Japan the whole application process, monthly cost and method of finding an apartment is completely different depending on whether you are looking for a long-term rental (1 year or more), a short-term rental (1 week - 12 months) or a serviced apartment. This blog post will take you through these 3 rental options and the associated costs and other differences.
So you have the job in Tokyo and you now need to find a place to live. Your company may be able to assist you if they are already well established in Japan but this post is for expats who are moving to Tokyo to work and need to research and find a suitable place to live. At apts.jp we focus on quality and convenience for people planning to rent for 1 year or more so if you are here for just a few weeks then this post may not be for you but if you are making a move to work in Japan for at least 1 year then please read on.
Although due to the ageing population and low birth rate, Japan as a whole is experiencing rapid population decline, the same cannot be said for Tokyo, the country's capital city. Tokyo is one of the world's largest cities with a population of 13.8 million although the main 23 wards of central Tokyo only have a population of 9.3 million this still leaves the city standing as the world's 6th most populous city. Both culturally and commercially Tokyo is a buzzing place to be and a city undergoing radical change. It is a popular place to live to say the least and this does of course impact the prices. Japan has a reputation for being notoriously expensive and although this is true in certain areas of the city the cost of living has been consistently dropping for around 20 years due to flat inflation rates. It is possible to find high quality short-term rental accommodation in Tokyo but you need to know where to look. This post is designed those looking for a place to rent in Tokyo for 3 months to 1 year. It is not going to be useful information for holiday makers and those on a week long business trip.