Apartment hunting in japan

Let’s talk about trying to hunt for an apartment in Japan. I want to talk to you about what website to go to, the recommendation of some website that you can check. So it’s all about apartment hunting in Japan.

If you’re going to be arriving in Japan for the first time I would recommend for you to go for a share house. This is less stressful for you and it’s just really a lot less hassle. Seeing as you don’t really know much about Japan yet and you’re not really ready to dive into looking for an apartment so a share a house would be a great stepping stone for you. A share a house you don’t have to have a contract for a long period of time it’s only a certain time and you can inform the landlord straight away but in a few months that you want to move out. Some shared house will include all the bills, but a lot of shared house here will not include it so you have to pay separately for the bills, but you can easily find a shared house that includes all of the bills and cheaply.

Shared House: Female only: http://www.tokyoroomfinder.com/view/guest-house/tabata-crib-female-only-house-
Male and Female: http://www.tokyoroomfinder.com/view/guest-house/nippori-crib

oNf9IK7pSumo is one of the best apartment hunting website that I could recommend, it have the most information on all of the agency and they have a lot of houses that you can search for. You can do a lot on this website the only downside to it is that it’s all in Japanese, but you should be able to use Google to translate the page. Also, some Landlord doesn’t want to rent their apartment to foreigners. Leopalace21 is also a very good agency for you to go to if you don’t want to waste too much time and all of the people in this agency would be able to speak English and this agency is made for accommodating foreigners. Unfortunately, the accommodation in this agency is quite small and the price itself is quite expensive compared to the unfurnished apartment the good thing about this is that the apartment would be furnish so you don’t have to buy any furniture at all. They also provide just a monthly contract even a short term contract that is six months long.  Suumo- http://suumo.jp/chintai/           Leopalace21- http://en.leopalace21.com/


UR取扱店-200x133UR apartment is one other agency that I would recommend seeing as this agency is provided by the government. All the houses are provided by the government so foreigners are welcome to rent the apartment. However a lot of the apartment are not available and a lot of them are not in a certain area within Tokyo. I know that some  of the apartment can be old,  the apartment itself is still great. I find that the prices sometimes fluctuate from being very pricey to being very cheap depending on the area that you look at. A lot of the apartment is quite big especially if Screenshot 2016-01-30 12.30.15you’re looking for a two bedroom apartment upwards. Now the downside is that the website will all be in Japanese, but they do have a website called Whitestone that is in English and the person who shows you around will be able to speak English. You need your company to send you all the details about your contract and your income will be evaluated, to rent a the certain apartment. The prices of the apartment monthly you can only allow to rent it if you have enough income for that apartment renting. UR- http://www.ur-net.go.jp/sumai/  WhiteStone- http://www.ur-housing.com/

Screenshot 2016-01-30 12.30.51Craigslist I recommend for you to go and check it out. I note that in the US and in the UK Craigslist is not so trustworthy. But here in Japan Craigslist is legit, there is no scam going on. And the good thing about this is that it’s all in English you can check all the accommodation out on there. Craigslist- http://tokyo.craigslist.jp/


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Apps Needed To Go Traveling

Have you gone to another country that doesn’t speak English? Ever have trouble trying to communicate with the local people. Feeling frustrated with yourself because you have no idea how to say “where is the toilet?” Or actually understanding what is on that bottle that you want to buy is it the right product that you need. Worry not I have a solution for you. Now what you need is your iPhone iPad, android, computer and any other technology that you can carry around with you without doing your back in.

This app is called IMG_7911, it’s an amazing app that can translate to mostly any language that is popular. What it does is taking the picture of the image of letters and translate it into the language that you need. This app will save your life, your hair and your stomach will thank you for it. (My definitely did) so there is no need for you to poison yourself anymore, now you know what you are buying. I would also suggest for you to find a translator apps. A good translator I will help you communicate with the locals, I know, I know a lot of you out there will be saying actually translate app is not very accurate or very good. But do you prefer not to be able to say anything to the local or would sacrifice that bit of accuracy just so you could communicate with the people? Even though it would be through an app that is not that accurate but it still is getting across and communicate what you’re trying to say. (You can choose which direction you want to go to.)

Now for your laptop, I would recommend that you use Google Chrome or safari they would have translation widget that hopes translate any website that is in another language. It won’t be 100% accurate but at least, you know what you’re looking at and what you’re getting into. You don’t want to be signing up for any crazy schemes and being tricked into doing that because you don’t know what you’re signing up for. (So just be careful out there you never know what’s really is going to happen on the Internet. There is some crazy stuff happening even if it’s 1000 miles away from you. Scary right)

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