For $400, You Too Can Live In Japanese Nerd Heaven

Tokyo's Akihabara is Japanese nerd heaven. If you are a geek in Tokyo, then you'll want to spend some time in Akihabara. Maybe you'll want to live there.

Then maybe you can live here? You get one room, a bunk bed, a space under your bunk bed, a TV, an air conditioner and a shower you must share with others. Did I say room? Sorry, I meant box.

The monthly rent for this guest house is ¥37,000 ($392) That's... a lot, even for this part of town, even with its location. The apartment, which was built in 1973, is very old by Japanese standards, and it looks like it is a regular apartment that has been divided up into several rooms.

Online in Japan, people are saying it would be better to live in a net cafe or a capsule hotel instead of this place. Some are even pointing out how they pay this much in rent and have their own place. Others are saying this guest house is probably packed with foreigners — an unintentionally telling insight regarding how difficult it can be for some foreigners to find housing in Japan. Sometimes, building owners do not want to rent to foreigners because they are worried about language problems — or even about foreigner skipping out on rent by skipping the country. Then, there are foreigners who do not want to pay the costly upfront fees to rent apartments.

Apartments in big Japanese cities do run small, especially one room apartments — hence why using Kinect in Japan was a concern. But even by Japanese standards, even by room sharing standards, this is teeny.

So, if you do live in Akihabara and are on a budget, you can do better than this. Do look around.

秋葉原駅 の賃貸 [Suumo via オレ的]

Picture: Tupungato/Outlet

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    I pay that much a month, but I'm sharing with three others in a semi-detached house in Melbourne's outer suburbs.

      You pay $394 per MONTH, or per WEEK? In WA, $400/week is really, really cheap for anywhere within 20 minutes of the CBD. How far out do you consider 'outer' suburbs?

      Last edited 22/01/13 11:03 pm

        I was paying $600 a month by myself for a 2 bedroom unit with garage and backyard. But that was a 45 minute trip to the CBD of Melbourne (and heck, a different town entirely :P)

          I was paying 800p/m for less than that in Murrumbeena.

            I'm paying $650 per month for a tiiiny bedroom in an (admittedly quite nice) house, with roughly 8 other people (this varies with how many couples are currently here. There are 7 here currently). Walking distance to the very last zone 1/2 overlap station on my line though.

              We had one bedroom with the bathroom attached to it (so guests would have to walk past my sleeping girlfriend and I to go during the night -- disconcerting), a tiny kitchen (stove, bench and enough room for a fridge) and a dinning/lounge room -- the length of the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

              So hey, you're worse off. ;)

        The total cost is just under 1600 a month, and I pay a quarter of that. I'm about 15km west of the CBD (around half an hour by car, or 40 minutes by public transport including getting to the station in the first place)

    That is a bit over the top. I pay just under $700 a week for a 3 bedroom place with a backyard and front yard in gods country (manly, northern beaches of sydney) which is one of the most expensive places to live in Australia if not the world.

    $392 bucks per month is not very much money at all, slightly more than 10 bucks a day...

    if nothing else, you'd be encouraged to spend more time outdoors

      That's the difference between Australia and these cramped Asian cities, our big houses have us bunkered away whilst their tiny rooms get them spending most of their time outside. It's why games such as Monster Hunter with it's local coop works over there but not here.

        Not necessarily, I'd say that Australia has more of an 'outdoors' sorta culture. It's just that Asian countries are so densely populated that there's people where ever you go.

          'outdoors' culture during the day like everywhere around the world, check out the your city/suburbs during the night time (excluding the clubbing areas) and the places are dead as the night. It's exactly why in Japan most shopping areas are open till at least 9pm almost everyday.

    No thanks. I rather live in reality than indulge in Japanese fantasy.

    Seems very similar dimensions to western jail cells, I hate to think how small Japanese jail cells are.

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