Saturday, February 1, 2014

JAPAN : GUIDE IN LOOKING FOR AN APARTMENT IN JAPAN

as-salam


ohooooiiii..hye guys!!! long time no see huh? so, how ya doin'? Hope you're well. healthy me, healthy you. hahaha. ok, this time, i wanna share with you guys on how to search for an apartment in Japan.

finding a good place to live in Japan can be a challenger. it is definitely not an easy task to accomplish by any means. but don't let it discourage you. coz I will support you all the way. haha

Apartments are usually rented through real estate agents (japanese: fudousan) and some agencies are available across the country such as miniminieheyaable. and for those who can't understand Japanese, I am suggesting you to use this homepage, Japanhome.

1. home size

Japanese describes the size of apartments by indicating the number of rooms. for example;

1 K: 1 room and 1 kitchen
1DK: 1 room and 1 dining kitchen
2LDK: 2 rooms  and 1 living dining kitchen

As in my case, am leaving in 2DK apartment with my friend, and am regretting. why? coz we got only a dining kitchen which is too small to be shared with 2 people. so, for those who are going to share room, am advising you to take at least 2LDK room, thus you and your friend could have lunch together, while watching tv obviously. haha

2. room size

the room size in Japan is usually represented by the number of tatamis (japanese: jou). tatami is a traditional Japanese flooring material made of rice straw and one size of it is approximately 182 x 91 [cm]. I think you can guess what does Tatami smell like. haha. I don't mean to be rude, but I can't stand the smell. yeah, some people love it, but not for me. sorry. however, the tatamis is good for winter coz it keeps heat and warms up a cold room. haha. and of course it is very bad for summer. forgot to mention, there are also Japanese apartments come with wooden floor (japanese: wa-shitsu).

3. toilet

ok, this point is special for Muslim. In contrast with Muslim's country, most Japanese toilets are dry toilet coz they are using tissue after doing some business in there. haha. so my advise is, do choose apartment with UB (unit bathroom), where both the toilet and bath are in a single unit. and the good thing is, this type of apartment is much less expensive than the dry one. if you couldn't find the UB, it is enough to have toilet with sink in it.. or the last alternative way is to find toilet with electrical socket in it, thus you can charge your iphone while doing business. hahaha. am joking.. the socket is for installing electric toilet seats with water spray feature for washing.


4. travel distance

as in my case, my university is located in Toyosu and the average rent per month for 1K house is around 150000 Yen (RM4900). My jaw dropped when I heard bout this. hahaha. my monthly allowance is not enough to cover that. so, nak tak nak, I needed to find house a little bit far away from my university. from the house that am living right now to my university, it takes about 45 minutes travel distance (bike + train + bike). and you know what, it is actually a normal thing for Japanese, and we need to adapt with it.

5. nearest train station

the walking distance from the nearest train station is a major factor when searching for an apartment in Japan. the closer to the train station, the higher the rent. so, if you are lazy to walk, just look at places that are 0~3 minutes away. but, if you prefer to save money, you can look at a house that is 7~10 minutes away. and from the house, you can walk or take bicycles to the station. but, please note that most parking lots for bicycles are not free of charge.

6. contract fees

Before even thinking about calling a Japanese real estate agent, you need quite a bit of cash on hand.

a. reservation fee (yoyaku-kin) : this reservation fee is refunded after you sign the actual contract.
b. deposit (shiki-kin) : it is refunded when you move out. but, don't expect much coz maybe only 20~30% of your deposit is refundable. they will use your deposit to clean and repair any damages. the deposit is usually equivalent to 2 months' rent.
c. key money (rei-kin) : rei is respect in English, and kin is money. haha. this money goes to landlord for showing our respect to them. haha. and it is usually equivalent to 2 months' rent. owh, and of course it is not refundable. haha
d. service fee (chukai tesuryou) : non refundable payment to the agent. the amount is usualy equivalent to 1 month rent. 

haha. start counting money? haha. wait, wait! am not finished yet. don't forget to pay your rent. as a general rule of thumb, every new tenant is expected to pay two month's rent upfront. hahaha. ok now you can start counting your money. haha..

but, but, but, if you have no money, am suggesting you to stay at my company's apartment (my part time job).. you don't need to pay key money,, and the deposit is 70% refundable. hoho... my company's apartments are fully furnished. you can enter it naked. haha

7. guarantor

many agents require you to have a guarantor co-sign the rental contract (but not my company. haha).. the guarantor must be a Japanese national with strong financial background.  so, you can ask your company or your university to be your guarantor.. =)

8. type of gas system

there are 2 types of gas for residential use in Japan, which are city gas (japanese: toshi gasu) and propane gas (puropan gasu). it depends on where you live as the gas type is not interchangeable. so, am suggesting you to find a house with city gas coz it is much cheaper than propane gas.

have any questions? just drop me a comment below!! =)

11 comments:

  1. Mahalnya cost of living di Jepun yerr..! Income dorang setanding tak dengan cost tu Mirul?

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  2. Income diaorg average, 200000yen. Rumah kalau sorang, average 60000yen. So, kira ada lagi utk save. Hee

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  3. bagus la tips nie.. sebagai rujukan pd mereka yg nak cari rumah kat jepun... good2..

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  4. @hafiz

    haah. semoga bermanfaat untuk semua. hehe

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  5. mcm best hidup kat jepun :) kos sara hidup ok ke? selain sewa2 umah ni, makan/transport, dlm range harga yg berpatutan ke? boleh ke Malaysian adapt *obviously u can. Lol hehe..

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  6. @anasyg

    Kos hidup pun mahal.tp Alhamdulillah kerajaan sedia elaun yg cukup untuk hidup. Hehe

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  7. hmm. bagus jugak kerajaan Malaysia ni *LOL hahaha. :) bgus2

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  8. untunglaa pandai bahasa jepun . bagus tips ni . kazen kita nak kena pergi jepun bulan 4 nih :)

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  9. @supergirl

    Haha. Alhamdulillah, diberi rezeki untuk pandai bahasa jepun. Owh. Kazen dtg belajar?

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  10. tips yang sangat berguna..bagus3..:)
    belajar luar negara ni banyak pengalaman yg boleh dikutip..nanti buat la n3 untuk yg nak pergi melancong pulak..suami anak buah ada nak melancong kesana..:)

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  11. @kak sura

    hehehe.. sama-sama,, entry untuk melancong, saya tak pandai sangat sbb saya kurang jenjalan kat sini.. =( maaf.

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