| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

What IS an Average Japanese Apartment Like?

Hey guys! Greg here. Topic: What IS a Japanese apartment like? Aiko and I filmed a tour of our Japanese apartment and we had a lot of comments. And, many of them were contradictory. So I want to take this opportunity to clarify things. On a side note, per the reason I created the X channel, was so that I could expand upon certain topics found in our regular “Life Where I’m From” videos. But I didn’t quite think I’d have to expand upon it so soon. But, here we go! We had comments like, “It’s so messy!” “It’s so clean.” “It’s so tiny…” “It’s so big!” “This wasn’t any different from a normal apartment” “W-T-F” Or, “This apartment looks so Japanese.” But the comment that really got me, that inspired me to make this video, was this one. *speaker reads comment* I really love the comments section especially when there’s a healthy discussion going on. But it’s the “fake, misleading” part that just kind of got me. So after getting slightly offended for being called not average, I don’t know why I want to be average, but, I don’t know, it kinda feels weird to me like, I’m not average? Ah! But, after that I checked out the stats. ‘Cause I wanted to see…is there some truth to this? Where’s was this person coming from? Or where are these people coming from? ‘Cause there’s lots of comments about “This place is big. This is not a normal apartment.” And before I get into wether or not we’re an average Japanese family, I have to that we’re very, very, very fortunate as people living on Earth. I mean, we’re in the top, you know, maybe one percent? Two percent? I don’t know. We’re in the top 5% at least, for our standard of living, and our safety and just our quality of living. We’re very fortunate, so yes, we had it pretty good. But what is an average Japanese family of four like? Or what is an average Tokyo family of four like? Well, I looked at the stats, and you know, I’m going to throw some up pretty quickly. I’ll leave the links below in the description so you can check them up yourselves. But, yeah, I’m not going to disclose exactly where we are in this whole mess of things. But, yeah, we’re fairly average. Now is this something common for something in Tokyo? Do we actually live in Tokyo? Yeah, we do. We live one of Tokyo’s 23 wards. Again, for privacy reasons we’re not going to say exactly where we live, but we do indeed live within the 23 wards of Tokyo. And, when you’re within the 23 wards of Tokyo, you can pretty much get to the core within 30 minutes. And, you can get to the other side of Tokyo within about an hour or so. So terminology wise, is this an “apāto” or a “manshon”? So “apāto” is I think it’s maybe a two-story type of building or one-story type of building. They’re smaller units and, this is definitely not an “apāto”, if that’ the definition you’re using. This is, I would say, considered a “manshon,” which is usually three-stories or higher. Ours happens to be a three-story unit building. It’s not a big one. No IC cards for the entry. No doorman. Nothing like that. And, in the area where we live, there’s a lot of these types of three or four, five-story “manshons.” Our building is 20 years-old which is not very old, but it’s also not very new. So a lot of the technology you see is 20-year-old technology. I had comments on our bathroom video saying, “This is like, a fancy bathroom. Only the rich people can afford it. This is not normal.” Well, this is 20-year-old technology built for a family type of unit. So yeah, this unit is a family unit. And actually, Tokyo has a program where they can kind of designate places as affordable family units. And ours falls within that category. And I don’t know too much details about the program, but it is part of that. So what is the size of this thing? Well, it’s a 3LDK. Which means 3 bedrooms, a living room, dining room, and a kitchen. Now the living room and the dining room part’s kinda misleading, because…I mean if you’re used to North American homes like I am, I mean, it’s really the size of a living room or a dining room. But they just say LDK. Like, we do film with a wide-angle lens, so it might have seemed bigger than it really is. But the total size of the unit is 70 square meters, which is approximately 750 square feet. Is that big for a Japanese 3LDK? It’s maybe slightly on the big size, maybe by a few square meters. But it’s not too off for a 3LDK. Oh I forgot to mention that “manshons” usually are reinforced concrete buildings. So this is a reinforced concrete building, which means the sound proofing is pretty good. And it should do pretty well in the case of an earthquake. And the insulation, I find, is very good in this place. So I hear a lot about Japanese places not being insulated. But this unit I think does a pretty good job. So out of all that square footage, we have three bedrooms. And the two main bedrooms, which is where I am in right now, which is like where I have my bed over here. And then I have my office over here. That is roughly, let’s see here, I think 10 square meters, which is roughly 100 square feet. And the same of the kids bedroom, which is the Tatami room. That is also the same size. And in the front – what we call a storage room which, we use it for storage but it’s just a room. That’s a bit smaller, by about I think about 2 square meters. So is this place expensive? Well, I guess I’ll let you be the judge. So it’s ¥117,000 (JPY) a month. And that’s for the rent and the maintenance fee as well. So that’s roughly about $1000 dollars U.S. Of course the exchange rate goes up and down, so it depending on what time, it may be different. But it’s roughly around $1000 USD for living in a major metropolitan area. Actually, the biggest metropolitan area in the world. Now we don’t live in the core of Tokyo, so the the rent could be double, triple, or quadruple, what it is where we live if we lived right in the center of Tokyo But we don’t, and you don’t have to. Because like I said, it’s about a 30 minute commute from anywhere within the 23 wards to the core of Tokyo. So it’s not too bad. As long as you live close to a station, which we do. Now if you don’t live within the 23 wards of Tokyo, you can get something that’s even bigger for the same price. Or just get something that’s much more affordable. So I did a search of Tokyo apartment rentals and and depending on what site you go to, you’ll find different pricing. So if you go to those executive sites for expats, you know, which are a lot of English sites out there, you will find prices that are a lot higher. Now I was able to find one site where they happened to have I guess more, I don’t know, regular listings. At least, they’re regular listings to me. And you could places that were around the price we’re paying in different parts of the city. So on the West side, or on the East side, or if you go outside the city, too, you’ll find different places. So…you know, you can find places like this. Now I should say that when I use Japanese apartment, I think that is misleading as a title. Because, I mean, Japan is a big place. So, I mean it’s like what happens if you’d said, “This is an average American apartment.” Or “This is an average Canadian apartment.” I mean, it really depends on what city you’re living in, what area you’re in. What income level you’re at, or what you’re paying. There’s so many different factors that go in. But is this a special apartment? No. Is it bigger than an average apartment for a single person? Yeah, it is. Yeah, if you’re a single person coming to Tokyo to live, I could easily see you being in a place that’s about 3 times smaller. And the rent is probably about half the price as well. And you’re probably living more into the core of Tokyo. But you know, we’re a family of four. We’re middle-age or almost middle-age? I don’t even know. I mean, I’m in my mid-thirties. Getting close to middle-age. So that’s kind of the live situation we’re at. We have two kids who are in school, I work out of home. So, I don’t know, to me, when I look around the area where we live in, I’ve asked my daughter about – she goes into homes, and I’ve asked my wife about it, too. And they said, “No, this is fairly average.” But, I think another thing is that our place is fairly, I guess, not furnished. I mean it kinda just depends on who you talk to. If you look at the comments, you’ll see people who say one thing or the other. But I think it’s not as stuffed as other apartments are. So it gives the illusion of more room than it is. But I must say that I’m very happy with the amount of space we have. I think we’re fortunate to have this space. And…yeah, so I guess I’m lucky. Yeah. *sighs* Yeah, I think that’s about it. That’s all I wanted to get off of my chest, and I think that’s all the details I wanted to throw in there. Please do continue to leave comments, I really enjoy reading them. I really enjoy the discussion that it creates. And thank you again for watching. And I’ll catch you on the flip side.


CzaMae Bernales

Dec 12, 2016, 4:15 pm Reply

i'm guessing the people/commentators that said about japanese apartments are supposed to be smaller (which is true years ago. they make apartments bigger now due to demand) got their knowledge from anime/manga/internet. :3

Dawa Tsering

Dec 12, 2016, 11:10 am Reply

your rent is half of indian prime ministers salary. he would not be able to afford your apartment ha ha

Glama Basic

Dec 12, 2016, 6:06 pm Reply

Maybe you are not aware that you are above average : )

Jose Reyes

Dec 12, 2016, 5:20 am Reply

Hahaha Greg I really liked the little "Big pimpin zone" thrown in there, I had to double take. Love the videos, wish you and your family well. Looking forward to more videos.

DJ Khaled

Dec 12, 2016, 7:38 pm Reply

What happens when you don't have your kids or wife with you to talk Japanese and read money

Tara Singh

Dec 12, 2016, 9:25 am Reply

great! very good apartment, I want to have one

Nicholas Chee

Dec 12, 2016, 1:48 pm Reply

I would love to live in an apartment like this with folded futons and everything else untouched and intact if I have the chance to live and work in Japan. It's cozy and inviting!


Dec 12, 2016, 9:54 pm Reply

I pay $1,230 for a small 1 bedroom in Brooklyn so yes you are very lucky but yet very humble. Good luck with your YouTube channels.


Dec 12, 2016, 11:07 pm Reply

i just picked up you consistently drops the 'g's on words like living and its so funny?

Pancake Circus

Jan 1, 2017, 5:05 am Reply

Please don't let criticism get to you. There are people who find fault in everything. Look at it this way – one comment is like one vote. 100 positive comments is 100 votes. 1 negative comment is 1 vote. And remember, you can't please them all. 😉

Jess B

Jan 1, 2017, 7:38 am Reply

In the US (almost dead center), I live in a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 750 sq ft. apartment. Its hard imaging a family of four living in this space.


Jan 1, 2017, 5:26 pm Reply

Very informative. Thanks!!!


Jan 1, 2017, 3:33 pm Reply

I live in an area of the USA where the average size home is about 2,500 square feet. we are a family of four living in a 750 square feet home. I love it! your video encourages me to embrace our little home amongst all these big homes with joy. love how spacious it is. we also don't have a lot of stuff because we value family, education, experiences more than things. my hubby was born in Latin America too but grew up in th usa so we can relate to your videos a lot. thank you!

Mary Vega

Jan 1, 2017, 6:12 am Reply

wait i thought you were her dad

Alfonso Paredes

Jan 1, 2017, 2:39 pm Reply

Thanks for yr quite informed clarification. Dont care what other people might judge by titles, true that words like average are misleading but thats it, that is how our language is and have to put up with it. Keep the great work. Im new at yr channel, never heared before, although im not into youtube stuff a lot, but like to choose wisely what to watch and follow. Greetings from Mexico.

Christin Cavanaugh

Jan 1, 2017, 11:32 pm Reply

I live in the middle of nowhere and pay 750.00 more than that in Florida!!!! I wanna move to Japan lol!

Thanh Tran

Jan 1, 2017, 1:20 am Reply

Thanks for this video. Your rent is awesome! I work in SF and the rent is 3-4 times that for a two bedroom. Good thing, I don't live there.


Jan 1, 2017, 3:05 am Reply

Greg is so handsome :3


Jan 1, 2017, 8:06 pm Reply

Don't let the comments get to you, man! (;
I understood that you were a family, living in a family type apartment away from the core of tokyo. Most people who are saying this apartment is big probably don't know much other than the single's apartments that are close to town and don't throw in other factors (location, number of people, etc).

You are very much average 😀 … lol

Andrew Howden

Jan 1, 2017, 3:19 am Reply

wow ! you put a nice video on YouTube and people say your talking rubbish that is terrible.

Flymachine Flymachine

Jan 1, 2017, 9:02 am Reply

1000 usd, thats very decent :D~ i agree with you, i did some research on real estate in japan, and i think majority of us out side of japan have a mis conception of the living space cost in japan. to be honest, i would think Japan's major city is way way cheaper compare to US City. i know to rent a place in bay area around 700-800 1 bed room apartment (above average condition) cost me 3000 usd a month.

Chris Bates

Jan 1, 2017, 12:58 am Reply

I wouldn't get so upset about comments.. some people just want a reaction. I think that we know that you are not trying to brag in any way.. I enjoy learning and like that you share what it is like in other places too. Thanks!

Noel Fabro

Feb 2, 2017, 3:30 am Reply

does it include a car garage?

Darkside Hero

Feb 2, 2017, 12:13 am Reply

Now I feel bad for complaining that my 2 bed 2 bath apt @ 900sqf is too small.


Feb 2, 2017, 9:56 pm Reply

Dialect inquiry: I note that in LWIF, you speak out the standard Cascadian -ing sounds, including the g. But in these X videos, you pronounce word endings without the g, as -in. That is, in words such as "building" as "buildin". Unlike, say, Southern USAmerican, you do this even with nouns. Are you intentionally changing this? Where did you acquire this pronunciation?


Feb 2, 2017, 3:30 am Reply

It's funny now that I have watched the more recent video on new house, the sale man told Greg that the house in the video is just average and Greg seems to think that it should really be above average. This is more or less the same thing here, he considered himself just a average family but to some people he is really above average.

Saucy Secretz

Feb 2, 2017, 7:35 pm Reply

I'm glad I subscribed to your second channel! Very informative!

Jimin’s Non-Existant Jams

Feb 2, 2017, 9:41 pm Reply

I guess that I'm just a little confuzzled. I get what you said in the video how all your stuff give it the illusion of being bigger, it's a family home, etc, but Japan is a pretty small place when you look at the whole picture. I've been doing a little reseach after watching your videos, and it seems like people in Japan make the most of their space since it is a fairly small island. I guess I'm just a little surprised since your apartment is fairly big, and Japan is fairly small ?

Linda Martial

Feb 2, 2017, 2:34 pm Reply

yes your loaded your apartment is on point and electronically modern

Yeni Mendoza

Mar 3, 2017, 4:37 pm Reply

Your Videos Are Awsome and very entertaining!!! keep up the good work! ???

Anthony Alonci

Mar 3, 2017, 1:12 am Reply

Hi Greg, I'm living in the US. I'd like to talk about energy. I'm with an energy network marketing company that is very close to being launched in Japan that guaranties a savings. We're not open yet, so can't say much. But I can sure use your help when it hits. With your permission, Let's talk

Smallirious Diana

Mar 3, 2017, 4:34 am Reply

I have a question…What does it take to move from north america all the way to japan. when you have a low budget ?

Less Talk, More Delicious

Apr 4, 2017, 6:55 am Reply

I'd love to see you do a video on the steps to move there..but from total Zero.

Meaning, a single guy/girl (that only knows beginner Japanese..but studying at least), not married to a J citizen, don't really know anyone there, getting your 1st visa (and which visa), getting 1st apt/place to live and also bank account, phone, utilities, getting a local job, do freelance jobs work for visa or apt lease (ie: clients abroad or from back home), etc.

Basically the bare basics/essentials to move and live there for the 1st time.

Adhi Suryana

Apr 4, 2017, 4:46 pm Reply

I think your place is just average, so if someone telling you that your toilet is fancy, big, etc, misleading, lie, whatsoever, I think they need to work harder rather than complaining 🙂


Apr 4, 2017, 10:50 pm Reply

You have to be pretty rich in Japan to afford a house, huh?

Suteera Tak

May 5, 2017, 4:56 am Reply

Very informative!

Yvonne Lui

May 5, 2017, 9:32 pm Reply

I enjoy watching your videos, they are informative and reflective. I am also a fellow Canadian (TO) and used to live in HK, so I can understand your 750 sqft apartment can seemed like a condo to some. Keep up the good work!


May 5, 2017, 11:50 pm Reply

That was an odd comment about this being 'fake'. Some areas of Japan the apartments, mansions and such are cheaper than others, some give you more space than others. Just like living in London, Paris or Los Angeles. I lived in Japan and we lived in a 'mansion' as a category label. We also had a 3LDK. But we also had the money to afford the larger space, and have the top floor home. It really just depends. We paid ¥180,000. (Around $1600 USD) A friend of ours had a smaller place, an apato, and paid a lot less then we did. But I'd say the inside of ours was very similar to our friend's apato, actually looking back, her kitchen was larger than ours…..

steph ram

May 5, 2017, 2:50 am Reply

Every man has to provide the best they can for their family. keep up the good work!

Hexo_Typhoon Oethou

May 5, 2017, 2:29 pm Reply

You're very fortunate not because of apartment, but because you're who you're. Apply to everyone.

Ron Duncan

May 5, 2017, 6:09 am Reply

I'm very fortunate to live in a 2 bedroom apartment in Albuquerque NM. Many 3 bedroom places here can be found for around 850 a month (USD) and have close to 1200 sq ft of space to work with.

Sometimes it's not so bad living in a lower cost city.


May 5, 2017, 8:26 pm Reply

When soundproofing was mentioned I immediately thought of karaoke

Statefarm Jake

May 5, 2017, 5:21 pm Reply

I have lived in the countryside of Nagasaki which has huge homes. Majority of the families are farmers/fishermen.

Statefarm Jake

May 5, 2017, 5:36 pm Reply

A 3 LDK is huge by Japanese standards. Westerners would disagree as they have been spoiled with plenty of land ( Canada, America, etc.).

Sasha Von Kirsch

May 5, 2017, 2:55 am Reply

Hi, your videos are super informative))) thank you for all that work you doing)))
We only moved in Tokyo and your videos are helping a lot!!!
As an idea for a new video "true difference between hause ans apartments in japan" we are living in very old apartments and thiking to move to private house. We have a loud kid of 5, you know, neighbors are not happy about all that jumping…
All information about hauses is negative, but our apparent is not showing any difference from that… Old, bad isolated…
Waiting for new videos)))

Masa U

May 5, 2017, 5:19 am Reply

I find housing in Toronto more expensive than Tokyo. Even a bachelor apartment in Toronto costs about 1,000 Canadian dollars per month. I think this perception of Tokyo being expensive is a legacy from the '80s.


May 5, 2017, 9:46 pm Reply

Speaking as someone who lives 50 minutes outside of central London, I find it strange knowing that that house is only 1000$ per month, whereas my house is about 1550$ per month and has three bedrooms in a generally good area. On a whole, a house in central London is about 9500$ per month on average, and about 20 minutes away it's still about 6000$ pm is this overtly expensive compared to Tokyo?

Kevin Kim

Jun 6, 2017, 2:23 pm Reply

I'd take some comments with a grain of salt. Most of the commenters probably haven't even stepped foot in Japan and yet have their two cents to put in. For those who did live in Japan and consider an average apartment to be like 100 square feet (basically 1k apartments); let me ask if you were an underpaid English teacher?

nyan games

Jun 6, 2017, 2:04 am Reply

I love your channel because you're honest and the information that you give us is 100% true..yes this apartment is average I have seen alot of Japanese apartment and houses that more fancy and bigger than this one ? but I love your apartment though I find it convenient ?

Charles Low

Jun 6, 2017, 1:01 pm Reply

Tokyo it seems to be not very expensive when it compares to Sydney. My neighbour pays AUD$2,000 for 35sqm 1 bedroom.

Caleb Owens

Jun 6, 2017, 2:40 am Reply

750 SQ??? That's small af

Sarah K.

Jun 6, 2017, 9:07 pm Reply

Sobbing as I watch this in my nearly $1000k 1 bedroom apartment just outside Sacramento

Anson G

Jun 6, 2017, 1:20 am Reply

Thanks for making these informational videos. Is there any chance on making a video on how to move to Japan (without having to marry into a Japanese family). Maybe include things on visa, jobs, and how to get housing.

arushee jha

Jun 6, 2017, 10:43 am Reply

In one of the biggest and most developed cities of India, Bangalore the average rent of a 3 bedroom house per month is 800USD.

Riki Ai

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Jul 7, 2017, 4:54 pm Reply

I completely agree with you about the apartments. I'm a bachelor and I'm living at 33sq meter mansion just on the border of Kanagawa/Tokyo for 75,000 yen. A lot of people (especially a few Youtubers) are misrepresenting what Tokyo Apartments/mansions are like but you're the only one so far I've found that's taking in fact by fact of what it's really like and not glossing over things for people to expect what Tokyo Life is like.

Felipe Tanaka

Aug 8, 2017, 12:25 pm Reply

Great info about Tokyo and it is fairly real. Your apartment is very common around Japan, I lived in Kanagawa in a city close to Tokyo and mansion are very common. Some people just know the apatos so they can't imagine something bigger that that in Japan… Love your channel, the videos are awesome special the ones with the family walking around the city. It help me to remember japan.


Aug 8, 2017, 1:08 pm Reply

Just don't mind those know-it-all keyboard warriors who probably haven't even been to Japan ever. At least majority of your viewers trust you. I am quite fond of Japan. And I like how you introduce the ins and outs of that country to us.

Giovanni junior

Aug 8, 2017, 11:20 am Reply

This isbthe only videobyhat u gave a dislike. Not because of the content i actually enjoyed and learn from it. However, there was no need for it in the first place.


Sep 9, 2017, 6:55 am Reply

First off you sound like a very nice, humble person. Secondly 1,000 usd will get you a 2bdrm in most us cities. So your living pretty cheap compared to where im at. So Good on you!!! lol


Sep 9, 2017, 4:35 am Reply

this video can be summed up by saying: " we have money and we live the lifestyle as such"

end of story.

Kuchi Kopi

Sep 9, 2017, 6:20 am Reply

Gurl if thats a mansion then I must be living in Versailles…..also Greg's killer lashes duyyammm :3

Fei Xiao

Sep 9, 2017, 11:28 am Reply

Normally I don't like to post negative comments. But top 1%? Seriously? Where does this superiority come from? 吃软饭还吃的那么开心你的心态真好。


Oct 10, 2017, 4:55 am Reply

I definitely thought it was bigger. The wide angle was probably the reason for that. lol

Edit: I don't mean that in a negative way, its still a nice place! I can just see why people thought it was bigger.


Oct 10, 2017, 11:33 pm Reply

He said $1,000 US dollars a month. In Canadian dollars, that's around $1,500 a month, which seems pretty reasonable for the size of the place.


Jan 1, 2018, 3:19 pm Reply

I already know where he lives-Tokyo Bay :l The biggest Ward of all.

Vinnie Chu

Mar 3, 2018, 5:02 pm Reply

I pay $1600 USD a month for a 1 bedroom apartment that was built in the 1960's. Living in Southern California hurts.


Mar 3, 2018, 3:51 am Reply

70m2 sounds like normal size for family apartment here in Finland.
With two school age kids you'd probably get even bigger one. So to me some of the comments seemed odd. But I do understand every world had different standards for big and small, rich and poor 🙂

Hehe, don't mind me for late commenting some videos. I found your channels not long ago and watching old stuff 😀


Mar 3, 2018, 7:15 am Reply

I think those comments were just rude. I live in manila and your place is bigger than most houses of the same price here but understandable since Manila is more packed. Those people were probably only seeing from their own perspective.
Anyway I love your videos and it gives me great tips for when I travel to japan after graduating.

Princess Jello

Apr 4, 2018, 1:30 pm Reply

In toshima by takadanobaba jr, there were 1ldk for 700$ a month. But u gotta pay fees and 2mo down payment it's expensive to get into one

Anup Roy

May 5, 2018, 2:04 pm Reply

Your channel teaches me so much about Japan!

Wandering Soul

Jun 6, 2018, 11:38 am Reply

"Big pimping zone" slayed me ??

Eve Runquist

Jun 6, 2018, 9:31 pm Reply

How have I never noticed that he has a slight accent where he says "buildin'" or "misleadin", etc. It's not bad, but kinda amusing.

Erwin Anciano

Jul 7, 2018, 7:43 am Reply

He has a huge mansion because of all the money he's getting from YouTube because of how you people are watching his videos

Nathanael Caine

Aug 8, 2018, 9:01 am Reply

I have a sneaking suspicion that the people who says your apartment isn't standard tend to think of all the people whom is blogging that live in the CENTER of Tokyo. And if Tokyo is anything like London…or any major city I know of… then apartments that are at the edge of town is WAY cheaper than those in the center of town. (Even when the distance between the isn't all that big, as such.)
And I'm pretty sure I heard you say in a video somewhere that you live in the outskirts of Tokyo, right?

Your apartment sounds pretty avrage size for something in the outskirts of a city to me…but I will admit I haven't ever lived in Tokyo, so I can't say for sure there.

alpaca sun

Aug 8, 2018, 11:48 pm Reply

The occupied area occupies only 1 m² when getting up and 2 m 2 when sleeping.

That is an old Japanese proverb. It is space necessary for human beings. Those who think that the residential area of ​​Japan is narrow compared to residential areas in the United States and Canada can not live in Japan. You live in a useless residence.

Tony Bui

Sep 9, 2018, 4:17 pm Reply

$1,000 doesn't even get you a studio apartment in Southern California

Sayhoun Ostowar

Sep 9, 2018, 12:38 pm Reply

Thank you, for your very informative video. It help to know some specifics and perception about them. As well watching your cute kids talk/explain stuff on the other video 🙂

After my visit to Japan this year, my interest in starting up in property management, build, sale or rent has spiked. I am interested in realising a mid to high sized apartment complex for family homes and couples with a daycare and mini shop area integrated in as earthquake & typhoon proof possible building. Would you say that an 70m2 apartment is big enough for your family needs? Also would you prefer a standard open balcony or a closed balcony if you had a choice (that you can open up in good weather)?

Oussama Zougarhi

Sep 9, 2018, 1:56 pm Reply

I enjoyed your video, i enjoy all your videos. Thank you for giving us/me the opportunity to watch them.
About describing your self as eing fortunate having the life you live, i wanted to tell that you are not fortunate, you worked hard whatever your work is, to afford living in that level of living, therefore no luck, no chance, no exterior power, has a place in your life. I hope you understand that.
Again, thank you very much, and BON COURAGE.

Thin Thin Rodgers

Oct 10, 2018, 2:27 am Reply

The dwelling that is 20 years old already has everything automated is amazing. It tells me Japan is way ahead of our time. Here I am still dreaming of owning a toilet seat warmer. ?

K. oTo

Nov 11, 2018, 4:20 am Reply

It's definitely a normal and pretty average Japanese apartment! Japan isn't just Tokyo and I have lived alone at same sized apartments in Osaka or Kyoto as a single woman. I always paid around 600-700 dollars for pet friendly places a bit outside the city ceners. They usually had the same appliances and bath remotes which are DEFINITELY standard! That's definitely not expensive! It just depends on the area you chose to live in. For example in Kyoto a same sized apartment in the North (Kitaku) will cost way more than in the south (Fushimi). That's just because the north area is more popular and is said to have better schools, daycares and to be more secure in general.

Rob H.

Nov 11, 2018, 2:00 pm Reply

Well those people were rude


Nov 11, 2018, 7:00 am Reply

Always watch out for tentacles

Nikhil Arora

Nov 11, 2018, 4:05 pm Reply

Wow. 1000 USD is very cheap. Even in a Mumbai suburb (India), the monthly rent may be upwards of 1400 USD for a 3 Bedroom apartment.
But the room sizes are much bigger in general here as compared to Tokyo homes.


Dec 12, 2018, 11:26 am Reply

just as youtube was born 2004 the webcam in was much in early web streaming times slow thru our dsl lines there was many tokyo camera online ~ there was a family site 2 camera in living room/dining Rm other camera was face out bed window..the one thing it told us was Japanese internet Speed was faster..they apartment was they Tv was still Tube style they family of 4 they home look small

Gary Oak

Dec 12, 2018, 9:21 pm Reply

im stopping here… a condo is owned by the resident. any renting is apartment

Sonya Blade

Dec 12, 2018, 9:09 am Reply

I believe you, why would you lie about that? And I like your home and your videos, they are were nice and I enjoy watching them. Keep doing the good job ??

talking friends

Dec 12, 2018, 8:52 am Reply

Sorry, no comment about the video but I think you need to get your eyes checked by the doctor.


Dec 12, 2018, 2:47 pm Reply

750 square feet for a 3 bedroom?! My one bedroom apt in Tennessee is larger than that.

Commander Erik

Jan 1, 2019, 6:04 am Reply

I'm glad to see an average japanese apt instead of these micro japanese apt on youtube, cuz i want to see the norm, not the rare.

Ermhs Parasoidis

Jan 1, 2019, 2:24 am Reply

For a Mansion type apartment in "Tokyo" the rent he says it's pretty much a good deal !
Nice to hear that 🙂


Feb 2, 2019, 4:46 pm Reply

Where I live 70 sqm would be on the small side for 4 but still managable. But 1000 dollars for that? That's crazy cheap!

Sarah Linder

Feb 2, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

I have really enjoyed watching your videos, I appreciate your honesty, and the scope of the information you provide. Thanks, from Ottawa, Canada.

Ed Kammerman

Feb 2, 2019, 6:08 pm Reply

Hi Greg and family, your videos are enjoyable and informative. Don't feel you need to defend what you do it's rare that people like you share your lives. Your kids are amazing and so much fun to watch and listen to. Thank you for all you do.

Viktor Chmiel

Mar 3, 2019, 12:59 am Reply

I think people tend to forget that Greg's wife works while he is a stay at home dad that does youtube for living (though he did also work outside of home before he could afford it via youtube/patreon from what I know). They both have income which is fairly unusual in Japan (married women are discouraged from work) so it's no wonder they could afford an above average apartment

The Polymath Universe

Mar 3, 2019, 1:00 pm Reply

Which place in Japan has the lowest rent and the cheapest fruits, vegetables, and food in general? We don't need to be close to a train station since we work from home, but we do need to have the essentials (supermarket, ATM, pharmacy) within a 10-15 minute walking distance. Thank you and love your channel. 🙂

Lim jing shun

Mar 3, 2019, 5:46 am Reply

I would like to buy a apartment in Japan but do u have any idea of which website that can be read easily like English for me ?

Lim jing shun

Mar 3, 2019, 5:47 am Reply

I'm a Chinese Singaporean 19 yr old , which to try the lives of living in Japan

SL first

Apr 4, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

I'd say you're lucky. i am paying 500$ per month for a 4m² in Dubai UAE

Denise Fournier

May 5, 2019, 10:57 am Reply

Hi Greg and Aiko, I’m so sorry for some viewers that apparently are here just to hate and complain . I love everyone of your videos and I think u and Aiko do an awesome job explaining to us how it is in Japan . Try and ignore the haters pls and continue making videos for us ! ??

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