Looking for an apartment in Japan…

Friday April 25th, 2014 at 1:10 am

…is not fun.

I was happy to hear that I get to pick my own apartment and where I want to live because who doesn’t like to make their own decisions? I still like the idea but damn this is harder than what it probably should be.

My biggest issue is the two places I’m scheduled to teach at are about 40 minutes apart, so I’m a little stumped as to where I want to live. Do I want to live closer to one location and not have to deal with 30+ minute commutes everyday? Or do I want to live in the middle to balance it out? Course that would mean between walking to the train station, waiting for the train, riding the train, and walking to work will equate in a 30-40+ minute commute everyday. That’ll end up being study Japanese time I guess. Add all of that to the fact that I have no idea what’s in the vicinity of these locations in terms of shopping, restaurants, etc. Ah, Japan.

The second issue is the amount of places willing to rent to foreigners, have websites in English, let you rent overseas, AND are close to the train line I will be taking. You throw all of those into a hat together and you end up with…barely anything.

The third issue is furnished versus unfurnished apartments. This one really is me being nitpicky. Unfortunately in Japan, when they say unfurnished, they mean unfurnished. You have to buy your own refrigerator, washer, microwave, curtains, etc. We’re not talking huge differences between that and the US since most places here will only supply you with the basic kitchen necessities. If you want a washer and dryer, you have to buy them yourself. The last few apartments I rented all didn’t come with a microwave either. However, it’s still more than possible to find apartments with all of the above or at least including 2-3.

I want to be able to decorate my own apartment but I’m not sure right now if I want to spent the money. There are a few ways I can save money such as not buying a bed frame (not like I use one now) or doubling the kotatsu as a computer desk. July is just looking to be a very expensive month in between me not working for 2 weeks, buying the plane ticket, spending money on food and lodging in Tokyo while I go through training, setting everything up, and traveling around to buy necessities. Thank God for 100 Yen shops.

The visa application has started, now it’s just a waiting game…and continuing to hunt down apartments with limited information.

Posted Under: Japan, Japan: Living

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