| by Kenneth Chase | 24 comments

Tokyo JET Program Apartment (15m² 1K + Loft)

Depending on your apartment building you’re going to have some kind of doorbell. This is going to be outside where someone can reach you if they need to And this is an intercom so you’ll have a phone inside your building or another intercom like this that you can answer and you don’t have to answer your door right away you can just talk to the visitor via this and confirm their identity before opening the door. So, let’s go inside! When you walk into a Japanese apartment the first thing that you’re going to see is — the first thing you’re going to walk into is your “genkan”. This is a kind of like a mudroom — place where you’re going to keep your shoes and etc. Then most Japanese apartments open into the kitchen. This will be the first thing you walk into. And my apartment is a 1(S)K so one room with some storage and a kitchen. The kitchens are very much like this: usually just the hallway unless you have an LDK (a living dining kitchen). Upon move-in there were no shelves or anything in this area, also no washing machine, but you’ll have this area set aside for you to furnish it as you like. I bought my washing machine and then I got this shelf from Nitori along with the suspension bar at the top. So if I need to dry clothes inside if the weather is not conducive to drying outside, then I can dry inside with no problem. Some bathrooms will have air dryers / dehumidifiers in the bathroom where you can dry clothes inside. I do not have that though. There are two types of bathrooms in apartments in Japan; you can either have a bathroom like this where the toilet and the bath, shower, sink are all in one room. This is a unit bath — means that they have been made separately and attached to the building or put inside the building as like a puzzle piece. Otherwise you’re going to have a washroom which has the tub shower sink separate from the toilet room and the toilets in the toilet room will have a sink on the top of the toilet where the water will go into the tank after washing your hands to conserve water. As I said I have a one-room apartment with a loft so this is my one living room. This is a 15 square METER apartment, 17 including the loft, so you can get an idea for the size of the apartment. Because my kitchen is so small my refrigerator and other kitchen appliances go in my one living room along with some storage and a desk. I have a lovely bay window but obviously this is going to be something that you want to pay attention to when you’re looking at apartments: how much light do you want in your apartment, how many windows are you going to want? You can see even with a 15 square METER apartment I can fit about six people in here comfortably when I have friends over. I have a two person couch here. When sleeping over, people can sleep on the couch. And then I also have room for two beanbag chairs which stack to get out of the way when I don’t have guests. All Japanese apartments are going to come with a balcony — well, I say all… the vast majority of them — because your (laundry) drying is going to be done outside on the balcony. So the (laundry) bars came with the apartment but they may or may not. Similar balcony across the way out there, etc. Very small balcony but obviously this is going to differ according to your building. I have, as I said earlier, a 1(S)K — I believe the S stands for storage because I have this very large closet on both sides. You can buy these closet organizers and such at Dollar (100yen) Stores, Nitori, etc to really make the most of your space. And then as I said I have a loft. The loft will manifest in various different ways as for ladders and how tall the roof of your loft is I’m on the second floor which means there’s no floor above me which means I have a very high ceiling in my loft. Let me go ahead and share with you how that works. The loft may take a different form in other apartments — I have a friend who has a loft with built-in stairs along the side of the wall so she doesn’t have to worry about taking down the ladder and putting back up but I like this because it saves space. The loft space is big enough for my bed so essentially this is where I sleep in order to provide myself a separation of spaces between my living and sleeping space even in such a small apartment. This is what you can generally expect from your apartment for outside of Shinjuku. This is one stop from Shinjuku on the Keio line and a few stops from Shibuya a little bit north of Shimokitazawa** so it’s quite central in Tokyo. As you leave the central area you’re going to find apartments that are a little bigger a little cheaper and obviously there’ll be a variety of options for you to choose from in your stay in Tokyo. If you have any questions please read the wiki and feel free to contact any of your LACs, PAs or TJET Committees. Thank you!



May 5, 2017, 2:24 am Reply

I absolutely love the Star Trek decoration~ :3


May 5, 2017, 8:47 am Reply

What placement did you ask for? And how's the rent/living expenses vs JET pay?


May 5, 2017, 5:55 pm Reply

This is so cute and I love all the Star Trek stuffs~


May 5, 2017, 6:37 am Reply

Amazing how you've maximized your space. I am assigned to Nagasaki and I thought my space was small. But Tokyo apartments are smaller!

Mara Waka

Jun 6, 2017, 1:45 am Reply

Thanks for the tour. Looks like a nice area.


Jun 6, 2017, 12:11 am Reply

How long is your JET program? When it is over, can you renew or have the opportunity to move on to other company besides teaching? My question leads to, can you stay in Japan permanently. Your apartment is a nice setup. Love the loft.

Savannah Nelson

Jun 6, 2017, 8:15 pm Reply

Thank you for sharing! Did you arrange this housing before you left for Tokyo or did you apartment shop once you got there? And is it easy to find housing for 1 person there?


Sep 9, 2017, 2:59 am Reply

Great looking place. Jelly.

Gabby Marcum

Nov 11, 2017, 5:25 am Reply

Love the Adam Lambert poster

Ishan Jeong

Jan 1, 2018, 8:35 am Reply

How much are you paying monthly?


Apr 4, 2018, 12:10 am Reply

I appreciate the informative and concise way in which you speak. Luv it!!!


Apr 4, 2018, 5:25 am Reply

Dude your appartment is SICK! ide kill for a loft bed, love it!

Alpha Legion Astartes

Aug 8, 2018, 6:59 pm Reply

I take it the Constitution class is your favourite 🙂

Kathy Collett

Nov 11, 2018, 6:18 pm Reply

It looks great. I love your artwork! ?


Dec 12, 2018, 11:28 pm Reply

its that adam lambert that picture

Julia Landaeta

Feb 2, 2019, 11:30 am Reply

Very well organized, thanks for sharing

Geeky Goth Mom

Mar 3, 2019, 3:42 pm Reply

I absolutely love your Star Trek decor ????????


Apr 4, 2019, 3:24 am Reply

I almost did Jet. I went to the consulate to interview. When they told me I couldn't bring my cat with me to Japan, I changed my mind about going.


Apr 4, 2019, 9:18 pm Reply

Was a very interesting video. You really maximized your 15 sq feet space! I bet it’s so relaxing when there’s a storm out and you can fall asleep to the rain in that loft ?

Matt Hartung

May 5, 2019, 11:55 pm Reply

I think she meant sqr meter


May 5, 2019, 10:36 am Reply

The apartment is depressingly small…..with absolutely no room for extra storage, a spare bedroom or even a decent sized kitchen. What a joke…God why would you want to live in Japan ???

Steven Segalla

May 5, 2019, 6:34 am Reply

how much do you pay a month? Im moving near the shinjuku area too and everything I have found is over 100000 a month

Ramsey Wee

Jul 7, 2019, 3:48 pm Reply

Nice loft I like it lots ! ??❤️

Little Foot

Jul 7, 2019, 12:08 pm Reply

What would this cost per month in American dollars?

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