Follow me on tours of popular neighborhoods. Learn all about Japanese apartments. And pick a place that’ll feel like home.
Looking for a new apartment is SO exciting. But deciding which one is worth signing a contract? When you’ve never seen the place, don’t know anything about the neighborhood, and have no clue if the space will be enough? Eeek!
Now you can see the areas and understand what you’re getting yourself into…before your plane hits the ground.
Before moving to Tokyo, I was clueless on where to live.
“That apartment looks neat, but…is it going to be too small?”
“The rent sounds high, but…is that normal?”
“What is this thing called ‘reikin’?”
Can you relate?
So, I picked an apartment that I had found online…on Craigslist.
And I moved in as soon as I arrived to Tokyo. Omg.
Luckily, that choice didn’t result in any horror stories…
…but I wish I could have understood how to make better decisions, even though I had no way of imagining what living in an apartment in Japan would be like.
No more blind decision making.
So, I created video tours of neighborhoods + detailed explanations on apartment layouts and the rental process to help you narrow down your options and feel confident about where to live - even if you won’t come to Japan before you pick your place!
Which neighborhood is best for you? Follow me on video tours of the most popular places to live: Itabashi, Nakano, Kichijoji, Shimokitazawa, Roppongi, Azabujuban, Nakameguro, and Tamachi
Layouts, Sizes, and apartment Lingo
Be able to read an apartment layout in detail, understand what features are standard in Japanese apartments, and learn what size to pick for your needs.
Rental prices,fees, and contracts
Not sure what a “good” price is? Learn what influences prices so you can tweak which place you pick based on your budget. Plus, save money with one key indicator most overlook on apartment details.
Speak your Real Estate Agent’s language
Learn exactly what to say to your real estate agent when you’re ready to find a place. You’ll cut down time on your search and be able to understand the suggestions your agent makes. Share your priorities and get a place that meets your needs and budget.
Save days of temporary housing fees.
Most people I meet book a hotel or long-term airbnb to give them time to research the area before picking an apartment. Taking this course can help you narrow down what you want faster, saving you days of hotel fees.
Hey there! I’m Katheryn, a lifestyle transition and wellness coach based in Tokyo. I’ve lived in Itabashi, Koenji, Sasazuka, and Omotesando. Not sure if any of that makes sense to you (yet!), but the point is that I’ve experienced living in different areas of Tokyo at different stages of my life, so I know a thing or two about helping you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Is this course for me?
This course was designed for people who are:
moving solo or as a couple for work
are in a field that doesn’t require Japanese (English teachers, IT specialists, recruiters, freelancers, media specialists, artists, project managers, etc.)
are in the 25-35 year old age range
are making a minimum of 4 million yen ($40,000 USD per annum) and higher.
College students and families can still benefit from seeing the neighborhoods and understanding layouts! I ask that you keep in mind that we won’t talk about share houses (typical for university students) nor things like best schools for children (a typical concern for families when picking a neighborhood).
Will you cover furnished housing?
No, this course is only about renting an unfurnished apartment in Tokyo. There are some great share houses that are easy to move into as soon as you arrive to Tokyo: check out Sakura House or Share Style, for starters.
Do you have a refund policy?
Yes, if you’re not satisfied with the course, you have up to 7 days after the purchase date to request a refund and complete a required survey. The refund will only be issued once the survey is complete within the 7 day period. After 7 days, all sales are final.