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  • This is a $200 apartment in Tokyo.

  • Mm hmm.

  • So it's often said that living in Tokyo is really expensive.

  • Or that apartments are really expensive.

  • Which is probably a fair statement.

  • But if you look hard enough, you can find some really inexpensive places.

  • And that's what I'm going to show you in this video.

  • I'm going to be searching for a $200 apartment and luckily the people that nice from abuse who have agreed to help me out with the search.

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  • I'm good.

  • How are you?

  • Good.

  • So, I really want to see a place under $200 under $200 in Tokyo.

  • Okay, it's quite blair.

  • But like I can find.

  • All right, let's go.

  • Yeah, the first department is a nine minute walk away from Tobu Nakajima station, which is a 17 minute train ride from Ikebukuro.

  • So it's kind of on the outskirts of Central Tokyo but the neighborhoods sure is pleasant.

  • Many restaurants and shops and pretty much everything you need without having to go to another station.

  • But let's see inside the apartment before we start calling the movers.

  • So this 9.9 square meter studio about 100 and six square feet was built in 19 fifties, so more than 70 years ago.

  • All right, so this is the first apartment, so excited to show you what it's like.

  • Let's go inside now, although it has a shared toilet room, there is no bath.

  • So if you're staying here, a local bathhouse or gym membership is probably your best bet.

  • If you like taking baths every day, quick note, Japanese apartments generally have upfront costs such as deposits, would you probably get back when you move out?

  • We'll guarantee fees, agent fees and key money is out of your pocket and never to be seen again.

  • Also, some apartments may have monthly management fees so be sure to factor that in.

  • Okay, so this is what a $200 apartment would look like in Tokyo, let alone it's on the outskirts of Tokyo, it is still $200 it has a lot of personality.

  • So when you first get in here you can see that it's about 4.5 tatami mats, less than 10 square meters.

  • The first of all, let me just take you to the entrance area, just walking you into the left hand side, you have this kitchen sink area.

  • I believe that works just fine being that it is a Japanese apartment, you do have this area here, it's kind of the entrance area where you just leave all your shoes.

  • So whoa, you can see that the floor here, it's a little bit unsteady, the stone entrance here is a little bit cracked and so when you step on it it does sink in a little bit, which is a little bit scary, especially since Japan is earthquake prone.

  • Mhm.

  • So it does have a light here that works properly, so that's pretty nice.

  • And then I believe these like ***, it's here, these little models are for connecting a gas stove so you can probably put just like a little gas stove here, interestingly, the apartment comes with its own broom as well.

  • The door itself has two built in locks which is I guess it's nice, you have a door knob lock and then you have the chain lock above.

  • Moving on into this room, you have space for a desk, you have space for a bed.

  • This enough space for yourself.

  • It looks like the tummy mats are just a little bit warmer.

  • So you just gotta, you know, I guess you just live with that and the world itself has just a lot of history.

  • You just look around, you can see something must have happened here at one point in here as well and here you do have some closet space.

  • Unfortunately it doesn't have a clothes hanger.

  • But I'm assuming that if you reached up here, you can put your own bar if you really needed to, it looks like the door just right here.

  • If you needed to close your closet, then the door is right here just for you.

  • The room does have two outlets.

  • So if you do need to plug in some of the electronics, then this would be the place.

  • Unfortunately though, I don't think there are any other electrical outlets around this place.

  • So you're gonna have to use this and maybe use a power shift to get your electricity all around the room.

  • But the positive thing is that the room is not that big, so you don't need a long extension cord.

  • So it does look like this apartment has a fiber built in.

  • So if you do want internet, you can probably installed around it here and get a fiber connection.

  • So if you are a gamer and just won a game all day, you can probably do it here.

  • What's also nice is that it's a corner room.

  • So you get two windows on each side.

  • Let's open this and see what the view looks like.

  • Yeah.

  • Okay, that's nice.

  • I guess this one that looks right into the wall.

  • Let's see what that one looks like.

  • Yeah, surprisingly the window is really big.

  • You can actually like it goes all the way down to my knee, which is pretty nice.

  • It looks like it even has a landline here.

  • So if you wanted to connect to a land phone, you can do it the ceiling to also has a lot of characteristics.

  • If you just kind of look up, you can see that has different shades maybe from over the years and maybe some kind of water, moisture damage and then there's even a hole over there.

  • What's also interesting about this place is that the walls, it looks like it's made from a sand and paper mix.

  • It's really amazing how that's lasted over the years.

  • Also, this apartment doesn't have an A.

  • C.

  • So probably in the winter, it's going to be really cold and in the summer it's gonna be really, really hot.

  • Nice.

  • Even the lights work.

  • So that's pretty much all I can show you in this room, but it also does come with a shared toilet.

  • So let me show you that right now.

  • Mhm.

  • Yeah.

  • Mhm, Wow.

  • So this place comes with a full on a Japanese toilet which you share with all the other people living in this apartment building, but the bright side is that it's pretty clean, but that's pretty much what you get here in Tokyo for $200.

  • Now, if you want to go a little bit closer to central Tokyo, then you're going to have to pay a little bit more.

  • Let me show you that spot.

  • Next let's go.

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  • This next place I'm taking you is only a two minute walk from Nakai station, a 10 minute train ride from Shinjuku station.

  • So the location itself is a lot closer to Central Tokyo.

  • So this next place is just a little bit more expensive.

  • Let me show you inside.

  • Mhm, mm hmm.

  • All right.

  • So when you first walk in, you can see that there's like an old school closet here for your shoes, wow, look at that.

  • It opens from the top.

  • Mhm.

  • Yeah, mm.

  • All right, so here's the room, let's go inside.

  • Nice!

  • The room number is handwritten.

  • I do love these personal touches, Wow.

  • Look at this room.

  • This 9.5 square meter studio is 24,000.

  • About $225 a month.

  • And was built in 1972.

  • So it's almost 50 years old.

  • So this is what you get for 24,000.

  • Yen.

  • Let me show you around this place a little bit to kind of show you all of the different features basically.

  • You have about 4.5 tatami mats.

  • And this is real tatami mats right here.

  • Mm hmm.

  • First you have the closet area and you have two different levels and what's kind of nice.

  • It looks like it hasn't some closing curtains here so you can hide it.

  • But it is a little bit difficult to opening clubs.

  • The magnets don't stick very well.

  • It looks like it even comes with some hangers here.

  • Then just above you have some more storage space.

  • So I guess you can put like your suitcase or anything that you don't really access so much over here.

  • This is kind of like your kitchen area.

  • This one has a sink, it's actually running but it doesn't look like it has warm water.

  • The lights don't work right now.

  • But I'm assuming that if you do move in here that you're not the electricity for you.

  • So there you go.

  • And this here is where you can put your stove, you can actually buy a separate stove, put it right here.

  • I have some storage just below like that.

  • It's a decent amount of space I guess you can put all of your plates and cups and everything.

  • It looks like that's the power right there from right here you have a cable running down and I believe it's for the television set.

  • So if you do want to get some japanese tv then the cable runs all the way from here.

  • You can plug it in.

  • One thing though, I love you know plugging all of my stuff inside of my rooms that this place to outlets right here for you to use.

  • Hopefully that's enough.

  • But yeah, you can see that this place is this wide.

  • So you could potentially fit a desk here and then like a small foot on maybe a small single bed and that's probably like about it here interestingly it comes with its own curtain.

  • I'm assuming you can switch out to your own favorite curtain.

  • And look they even have a telephone cable just right here.

  • But who uses landlines?

  • He says anyway.

  • And the room has its own window we are on the second floor.

  • So should be an all right view.

  • Let's open up and see.

  • Yeah, make it bad.

  • Mhm.

  • And just through the window here you can see that you babe.

  • Oh she shot that we saw earlier at least some sun does get into this room.

  • The room does have kind of this window where people can kind of maybe see you inside the light is on one thing on this room doesn't have an A.

  • C.

  • So you'll probably be really cold in the winter and a super super hot in the summer.

  • So another thing about this apartment building is that it doesn't have its own shower or bath unit.

  • So you're gonna have to go outside if you're going to want to do that, but it does have a shared toilet.

  • So let me show you that now.

  • Okay, okay, so we have two different doors here and let's see what's behind door number one.

  • So this doesn't look like the cleanest thing in the world.

  • Let's see.

  • Door number two.

  • So it looks like this one is a lot cleaner than the first one.

  • But the positive thing is is that it has two toilets.

  • So that's pretty much the tour of this entire place.

  • That's everything that you would expect for this type of price.

  • But I know that some of you are probably looking for something, say with his own private toilet.

  • So let me kind of show you one of those places right now, let's go, oh, so we're close while she parks the car.

  • Let me show you around the station.

  • So this last one is a two minute walk from Takin Otsuka station, which is about a 30 minute train ride from all we know.

  • So it's a pretty far from Central Tokyo and rather close the Saitama, although more expensive than the previous two apartments and exact several months of initial fees a place like this in Central Tokyo would fetch a far higher monthly rent.

  • So I just arrived at the apartment is just over here.

  • Let's go.

  • Yeah This 15.3 square meter apartment was built in 2017 so it's new and even better clean right?

  • So it's just right ahead.

  • This door is a lot nicer than the ones we saw earlier.

  • Oh wow.

  • Yeah wow, this room is a lot nicer therapy.

  • It's a double the price, it is just super clean in here.

  • So let me give you a tour of this place.

  • I feel like, I don't know, I just feel a lot safer in this place, especially since we just had an earthquake recently, it's actually 5 m2 larger than the previous two places.

  • It just feels like a lot more space here.

  • When you enter this place, it does have some security.

  • So there is an auto log at the entrance so no one can just come into this place, you actually have to type in a code or use a key to get in and if you look right here there's a display, if you have any guests come over, your face will come up on the screen and you can let them in and also it has a remote here because it has an air conditioning unit which we didn't see in the previous two places in the summer or the winter, you should be covered just looking in the room, I can already see 3 to 4 outlets, which is nice.

  • If you do have electrical items, you should be covered on all sides of the wall.

  • This is the whole kind of center area and you can see my entire body.

  • The ceiling is a little bit lower, but that's because it does have a lot of above which I'll get to in a second.

  • You have this kind of cool blue ball, I don't know, I guess it's pretty cool.

  • You can pull down these two bars right here, put a pole and you can hang your clothes here if you really want to drive because it does have an air conditioning unit with a dryer function, so you don't have to hang your clothes outside.

  • Also, if you come over here, there's actually a place where you can put a washing machine.

  • So if you want to wash your clothes, you don't have to go to like a coin line or anything outside.

  • You can do it all in here and then you also have your own kind of kitchen right here, It's like a one piece set.

  • You have the sink, you have the infrared heater as a stove, although it's just one ih heater here, it should be enough if you're a single person and you don't do like a lot of cooking but you do want to heat things up and if you look underneath there is space for your pots and your pans, your plates and cups even has this little nifty holder for your knives.

  • Look this sink also has hot and cold water which is really convenient.

  • And unlike the other two places, this one has its own private tour of it.

  • Let me show you what's pretty impressive about this toilet is that it's one of those japanese toilets.

  • So it has all of them but dave functions which is you know very very convenient for those that don't like to use a lot of papers.

  • And it also has its own built in water faucet by using the same water that used to wash your hands.

  • It fills the toilet to save water.

  • And plus this place also has a shower room.

  • So let me show you that take.

  • So what you'll find a lot of japanese apartments is that you'll have a shower unit.

  • Plus it will have a bath unit as well.

  • This place kind of safe space and just have the shower unit personally.

  • It's something that I prefer to save space.

  • I'd rather use, the space is taken up by the bath has a living space.

  • So personally I love just having a shower room by itself.

  • Now let's have a quick look at the view what we see.

  • Just thank God looks like a wall outside.

  • Let's check the other window.

  • Okay.

  • Yeah.

  • Okay, so this view is a little bit better.

  • You can actually see some sun from this angle and just looking above this place has a smoke and gas detector.

  • I don't even remember seeing one in the other two places that said let me take you to the loft area.

  • Yeah.

  • Yeah wow.

  • All right, so this place is just enough to have a bed can use it either as storage or you can probably put a bed up here but as you can see that it's not a lot of height and in fact if I were to sit straight up I'd hit my head but it's quite spacious with wise in fact it's the same with as the downstairs so you can probably fit a queen bed up here and what's nice is that it has an electrical outlet.

  • So if you wanted to you can charge your phone or whatever electrical device you add.

  • If I were to lie down completely Like this, see there's not a lot of space here and if you had a mattress you'd be like this high so you would really really be facing the ceiling.

  • So this is what you get for $500 granted that it's on the outskirts of Tokyo.

  • I wanted to show you an apartment that had its own private shower as well as its own private toilet.

  • I think if you wanted to have something a little closer to Tokyo or Central Tokyo then you're gonna have to pay a little bit more.