Tokyo Rentals Guidebook for Foreigners & International Students (IV)

Tokyo Rentals Guidebook for Foreigners & International Students (IV)

(IV) When should I start rental search?

For those who have not yet come to Japan, most of them choose to get a place before coming to Japan. So they could go to sign the contract when they come and directly move into their new home.

However, Japanese rentals usually provide no furniture or appliances, so you need to buy them by yourself, which might be inconvenient to all of you. (You could choose minimini products “Super-kun”, properties with furniture and appliances.)

If you plan to start rental search after coming, you could firstly book a hotel for two or three weeks. In current situation of Covid-19, a 14-day quarantine is required, so you could use this time to find a rental. Please note that after applying for a property, the time required for the screening is up to two weeks. Please consider these things and make reasonable arrangements.

If you are already living in Japan and just need to change a place, the procedures will be easier. You could start looking for a rental about one month in advance.

Next time we will introduce “Precautions for rental search in Tokyo”.

To be continued, keep follow us~

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Tokyo Rentals Guidebook for Foreigners & International Students (III)

Tokyo Rentals Guidebook for Foreigners & International Students (III)

(III) Will it be inconvenient if I live outside of Tokyo?

Many people choose to live outside of Tokyo for various reasons, the location of schools or companies, high rents in Tokyo, or they prefer a quiet environment. When living outside of Tokyo, however, they worry that it has inconveniences.

In fact, you don’t need to worry about it. Students who have lived in Japan for a period of time should have discovered that it is very convenient even you are not living in Tokyo. You could find support facilities including supermarkets, convenience stores, drugstores, post offices and banks everywhere.

In addition, Tokyo’s public transportation system is extremely convenient. There are multiple routes with a rapid transit system. A rapid train ride costs equally to one local train ride. The only difference is that rapid trains skip a few stops in comparison to the local one, which makes their time of arrival notably shorter.

Next next we will introduce “when to start searching for rentals”.

To be continued, keep follow us~

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Website: https://minimini.jp/h/guesthouse/
Tel: 0120-332-324 (Japan)
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Tokyo Rentals Guidebook for Foreigners & International Students (II)

Tokyo Rentals Guidebook for Foreigners & International Students (II)

(II) What factors should be considered when search rentals in Tokyo?

Factors to be considered include location, commuting time, budget, housing facilities, surrounding environment, etc. Most of you are studying or working, so you could firstly consider your school or company location.

If the rent there is within your budget, living around school/company will be a good option. If the rent is relatively high, you could choose somewhere farther away but with easy access. The public transportation in Tokyo is very convenient, so you could take an express and arrive somewhere very far within just half an hour.

If your school/company is in the suburb area and you want to live in a hot place, you could also choose to live in the city center. In addition, it is good to live closer to the station, but there is also a noise problem, you could weigh up the pros and cons before making a decision.

Furthermore, facilities and equipment in the property and the surrounding environment also need to be considered. When renting a place in Tokyo, generally there’s no furniture and appliances in the house, so you need to buy everything by yourself. What you should confirm is the air conditioner, gas equipment, access control system, network, etc.. The surrounding environment is also important. It is necessary to confirm its safety conditions and whether there are supermarkets, post offices, hospitals, banks, etc.

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Tokyo Rentals Guidebook for Foreigners & International Students (I)

Tokyo Rentals Guidebook for Foreigners & International Students (I)

(I) How much budget should I prepare for renting in Tokyo?

The rental price in any city is affected by many factors, including location, distance from train/subway station, whether it is newly built, etc. Tokyo Metropolis consists of 23 special wards and 39 other, ordinary municipalities (cities, towns and villages). Tokyo, with Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa, also form the Tokyo area. According to different geographical locations, rents vary greatly.

Let’s start with the 23 wards of Tokyo. For a place for one person, the median rent of a house in Tokyo is about 70,000 to 80,000 yen. The most expensive areas for rent in Tokyo are Minato Ward and Shibuya Ward. The average rent for 1K is between 90,000 and 110,000 yen. Rents are relatively cheap in areas far from the city center. If you would like to live in somewhere cheaper, you could consider Chiba in the east, Hachioji in the west, or Saitama in the north according to the location of the school and company. The average rent in these areas is less than 70,000 yen. If you want to live in a more spacious house, you can also consider these areas. For the same price, a house rented a little further away will be much more spacious than a house rented in the central area.

Next time we will introduce “What factors should be considered when renting a place in Tokyo”.
To be continued, keep follow us.

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Tokyo Rentals Guidebook for Foreigners & International Students (Preface)

Tokyo Rentals Guidebook for Foreigners & International Students (Preface)

Preface

As an international metropolis, Tokyo welcomes a large number of international students and foreign friends every year. For everyone, to start living in a new city, the first thing to solve is accommodation. First, you need to find a rental when you firstly arrive in Japan; then after living for a period of time, you may move for reasons such as study and work. In short, rental search will be a must experience for everyone.

Then you must have a series of questions, is it expensive to rent in Tokyo? How much budget do I need to prepare? What is the process of renting a house? When should I start looking for a rental? How about the costs? Wouldn’t it be inconvenient if I don’t live in Tokyo…In the following blog posts, we will answer these questions.

Renting in Japan is cumbersome, but generally speaking, the Japanese real estate industry is mature and the housing prices are unified and stable. There is no need to worry about the place you rent is out-priced or there will be sudden price increases. For foreigners, there are also management companies to support you. And if you choose a large-scale, experienced agency with formal procedures, complete rental process, complete written materials. There will be an explanation of the contract contents before signing the contract, all costs will be listed in the contract, and there will be no hidden costs. You can choose a suitable house according to your own situation.

To be continued. Keep follow us.

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Attractive Areas — Hachioji (II)

[Attractions]
Hachioji boasts a long history, with a population of nearly 560,000 and over 220,000 families. There are also many historical sites from the Jomon period and Yayoi period. There are about 100 shrines and temples, leaving marks of each era. These cultural properties have been preserved throughout Japan’s long history. They have been passed down from one generation to another, and they are now precious assets of the Japanese people.

There are many natural attractions in Hachioji, like Isonuma Milkfarm, Komiya Park and Lake Tsukui, where can be reached by bicycle. You can have a BBQ in most of the parks in Hachioji. Bringing the ingredients and enjoying the BBQ. What an excillent experience it is. On a snowy day, the scenery around Kogiya Park is attractive as well.

Hachioji is more than just natural sites. There are many private bars and bistros in front of the station, which is perfect for a drink after shopping! You will also find a kind of bread called “Boule Beurre Boulangerie” when strolling in the street. This kind of bread is very popular and is made using local wheat and milk using traditional French bread making methods. “Boule” in the name of the bread is a round bread, “Beurre” is butter, and the name of the store is added at the end. There are many pastries such as croissants, vegetable breads, and sweet breads named in this way. Don’t miss them when you are there.

If you like this atmosphere, you should go to Hachioji to experience it yourself.

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Attractive Areas — Hachioji (I)

Today we are going to introduce to you an attractive area to live: Hachioji, located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis. According to a survey on The Best Places to Live in Tokyo Metropolitan Area (Tokyo and 3 surrounding prefectures) conducted by LIFULL Co., Ltd. on the housing and real estate information website Homes, Hachioji ranks No. 7 in the 2020 rankings.

[Introduction] Hachioji City, located in the southern Tama region of Tokyo, boasts one of the largest population centers and land areas among Tokyo’s cities, towns, and villages. Surrounded by the rich natural environment of Mt. Takao, Hachioji is known as the gateway city to the beautiful water and green forests found only about 40 km west of the heart of Tokyo and a 40-minute train journey from Shinjuku.

[Transportation] The following lines are available for you to use in Hachioji:
JR Lines:
JR Yokohama Line → (Higashi-Kanagawa bound)
JR Chuo Line → (Tokyo/Takao bound)
JR Chuo Main Line → (Tokyo/Matsumoto bound)
JR Hachiko Line → (Takasaki bound)
Private Railways:
Keio Line → (Shinjuku bound)

(Picture Source: https://ja.wikipedia.org/)

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Discover the Benefits of minimini

Why minimini? Come to find the benefits of us!

1. About 500 branches in Japan! Multiple choices ready for you.
2. Agency fee: 55% of the monthly rent (tax included).
3. Language services available(Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean).
4. No guarantors required(Guarantor agencies available).
5. “No Deposit & No Key Money” properties available!!
6. Furnished properties available.
7. Online Service(Online Consultation・Online Property Viewing・Disclosure Statement)

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Notice of Temporary Closure

From 1 of April, minimini will have temporary closure. Detailed information is listed as follows.

Temporary Closure

Concerned area   : All over Japan *For directly-managed stores only
Concerned stores : Minimini & Minitech/Miniclean directly-managed stores
Duration : April ~ December 2021
Temporary closure : Wednesdays

*Minimini FC stores might have different regular holidays, please confirm with each store.
*The International Department will be open as usual on Wednesday.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understating and cooperation.

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Notice of Office Closure during New Year Holidays

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support.
Please be advised that minimini international division and minimini directly managed stores will be closed the following dates for the New Year holidays.

We will be closed for the New Year’s holiday from Dec 29, 2020 to Jan 4, 2021.

And we will open from Jan 5, 2021.

* Inquiries from this website will be accepted during the holidays, but we are sorry that we have to reply after the start date of business. We apologize for any inconveniences.

Thank you for all your kind encouragement this year and continuous support for the New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!