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Moving to Tokyo

An Insider’s Guide to Accommodation in Tokyo

This Tokyo relocation guide has been designed with the explicit intention to provide expats and travellers with all they need to know about moving to Tokyo.

The first exciting chapter covers Accommodation in Tokyo.

Within this chapter, we will be covering the glorious rental market of Tokyo as well as other pieces of practical knowledge that will come in handy.

Cost of Living in Tokyo

A Guide for the Bold and Brave

The guide in your hands has been purposefully constructed to help you understand the intricacies of the Tokyo rental market.

The property market in Tokyo is, to no surprise by many, increasing. No one expects anything more from one of the biggest economies in Asia and the world. The average price of a second hand home is roughly 29,580,000 yen (which is approximately $247,120).

Staying in the capital of Japan is still a fantastic experience, regardless of house prices - and it isn’t  even THAT expensive, once you know a few tricks and tips. Renting though is the standard choice of expats and travellers - it’s more convenient for them and may be for you. Plus, many people from all over the world choose to move to Tokyo undeterred by cost and the length of travel.

But let’s get back to the eBook.  

By reading on, you’ll find out:

  • How to navigate the rental market
  • How to find the right accommodation in Tokyo
  • How to weave your way through the demands of tenant agencies and landlords
  • What checklist you need before you move
  • Why serviced apartments in Tokyo are better than property rentals.

1.1 Need vs Want

It is vitally important that before you start moving to Tokyo you have a rough idea of what you want from your rental property. Does the rental need to allow pets? Do you need a garden (unlikely in Tokyo but not impossible)? How far can you commute to work every morning (expect long journeys)? How important are public transport links?

All these pertinent questions need to be answered as they can help you assess what your ideal property will be and what location you want to be situated in. Then, you will see the number of properties on your list decrease and thus your dream property will appear.

When you have your needs and wants all together, your rental search will be easier to navigate through the turbulence and pressure.


The housing market, like in any city or country, is very competitive and it is important you apply your patience as you weave your way across the rickety landscape.

Yes you may baulk at the price, but when you compare it to some big cities in the world (like San Francisco, New York and London) you will find that you may well be paying less. Just check out the exchange rate between your currency and the Yen. You may be surprised.

By registering for email alerts on property sites you can alleviate a lot of pressure and keep yourself in the loop with the latest happenings with your search.

Most people use agents to assist with their property search. It is recommended that you contact the agent by phone, when you’ve found somewhere of interest, rather than emailing. This looks more professional and allows you to build a working relationship between you and the agent. This can ensure that you get the dream accommodation you want.

Be Prepared

When taking the next big step in your life, it is always best to be prepared. Paperwork and all of that business must be in order, otherwise you will be adding further hassle where there doesn’t need to be any.

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