10 Apr Tokyo Apartment Hunting With KemushiChan
Tokyo Apartment Hunting with KemushiChan
Awhile back, we had the honor and pleasure of apartment hunting with our friend and well-known Tokyo-based YouTuber, KemushiChan ロレッタ (Loretta).
We had a great time assisting with her apartment hunt, which she documented on her channel.
Here we will take a look at some of the stuff that she found exciting, with extra notes from the Apts.jp team.
We showed her three different apartments; all of them were 1LDK (1 bedroom with a separate living-dining room).
Jason with Apts.jp, looking very prepared as usual.
The first apartment we got to show her was a model room. A model room is when the property management company sets up an apartment with furnishings/appliances, so `you can imagine` what the place would look like if you were to live in it.
A sweet point about this apartment was that there was an ample amount of storage: potential spice racks, bookcases, generous shoe storage.
`Over here is a Japanese feature that is quite handy …it’s a special type of dryer…just for the shower` -Jason from Apts.jp
Next, we moved into the living room. KemushiChan noticed the balcony, and we discussed “Minami muki”, meaning “South-Facing” (with regards to the living room, or main windows, or balcony).
Jason with Apts.jp, pretending his hand is sunlight.
Apartment #1 was 40.26 sqm, 8 min walk from Asakusa station at ￥164,000
On to the second apartment!
`This is a 50 Amp breaker.`
Next, we moved into the living room, and KemushiChan was very impressed. This apartment had a great layout and a vast amount of space. It was very bright because it is a Corner Apartment.
Corner Apartments are very sought after because you often get windows on two walls, instead of only coming from your balcony. It can make the space feel more open and bright. `Look at all these windows`- KemushiChan
We love windows, too! 🙂
`Also look at this kitchen.`
It’s an island kitchen, which is great for entertaining. This kitchen came with a sink cover to give you more counter space when food prepping.
BTW, want to know more about what kitchen types are available in Japan? We’ve got a blog article on that- CLICK HERE!
In the video, you might have noticed the words “Pet Friendly” come up a few times. Not every apartment in Tokyo will allow pets. In fact, the majority don’t, and which pets they do allow for is very strict. So if you own a pet, this is something to let us know about when we start apartment hunting for you.
Read more about the realities of living with a pet in Tokyo here https://apts.jp/tokyo-life/bringing-your-pet-to-tokyo/
Apartment #2 was 42.14sqm, a 5 min walk from Inaricho station at ￥194,000
Apartment # 3
The final apartment showing for the day…
The second and third apartments are very similar in layout designs. Both are corner apartments and feature the counter kitchen. In this third apartment, we had all the lights on, but it felt very dark (although it was the end of the day and the sun had started to go down).
This apartment does not come with any light fixtures, which is something not too uncommon. You would need to buy and provide your lighting. They are very common to find, at any electronics store. Let your design styles go to work and put some touches on your new place with fun light fixtures!
This apartment is a bit older than the other two, but it gave a more home-type feel, by using wood accents, door trims, and textiles in the kitchen– oh, and even a PINK shower room! It is high value, but choosing this apartment would come down to a preference on taste and if your aim is for a homey feel or more modern.
Apartment # 3 was 45.6sqm, a 6 min walk from Kanda station at ￥175,000
So What Are We Looking At In Terms of Timeline?
- The moment you decide which apartment you want, we start moving and get your application in ASAP. (we often apply on the spot in the car and submit applications at a convenience store, or we have someone back at the office to apply)
- We pre-screen all our clients before we show apartments, so that there is a high chance that they will pass screening. We don’t waste any time once you decide on the one you want. We need to move fast- this is Tokyo, after all!
Typically it would take 4-6 weeks– This includes consultation, but from viewing to move-in, the process is usually 3~4 weeks. The fastest hypothetically possible- viewing to move-in- is about 10 days, but that’s quire rare.
These three apartments had impressed KemushiChan and gave her a good idea of what she can find and for what prices. KemushiChan and Jason then went on to look at some more apartments, which you can find in her next video.
We hope KemushiChan’s videos help give you an idea of what a typical Tokyo apartment may be like and get you ready to start your own `Apa Hun` (Apartment Hunting! 🙂 ).
From location/apartment consultation, all the way to move-in– we got you covered at Apts.jp! Our support is lease length, so we’ll be there for your move-out, as well.
Contact us! We at Apts.jp look forward to supporting your move. 🙂
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