Mansions and aptos are the most frequent types of dwelling in Japan. A mansion (manshiyon) is a three- or more-story concrete apartment or condominium development. Because the construction is made of wood, insulation and soundproofing are less effective than in mansion flats. Aptos (apatoi) are single-story buildings with several units arranged along narrow streets. They are commonly used as rental properties. Apartments in Japan usually have one or two bedrooms and sometimes include a kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, and storage space.
In Japan, houses are not common housemates but rather large buildings that can be rented out as accommodation. If you live in a house, it is probably an apartment in another name.
There are many different types of houses across Japan. Some are big enough for families with children to live in, others are only meant for single people. There are even tiny houses you can rent if you do not want to stay in a hotel.
You typically need to share your house with other people, which can be fun or not depending on your personality. If you do not like other people's habits, then sharing your house will make your life difficult. However, if you are the kind of person who likes having a lot of freedom, then sharing your house is an excellent option.
Two such resources are Real Estate Japan and GaijinPot Apartments. Moving to Japan typically has two options: an apartment or a sharing home. Apartments, often known as manshiyon ("mansions") in Japan, are the ideal alternative for city inhabitants. They are close to everything, have one small room and one or more bathrooms, and can be bought with a monthly rent. Sharing houses are usually found in smaller cities or villages and take up to five people. The house is divided into rooms based on how many people are staying there at any given time, so it's easy to add or remove members from the household.
There are two types of apartments in Japan: fixed-term and long-term. In a fixed-term apartment, you move into a new apartment every month or so. You can choose your landlord and building, but most are run by a company and they tend to offer the same type of apartment throughout the country. These are usually compact studios with a kitchenette. A common complaint about them is that they are too small, especially if you have anything larger than a backpack full of clothes. If you want to stay in an apartment longer than a month, you should look into renting a long-term apartment. Here, you can pick and choose which rooms you need and where you would like to live within the building.
A living room, dining room, study, or bedroom can be in any room. This is feasible because all of the essential furniture is moveable and is kept in an oshiire, a tiny area of the home (huge closets) dedicated to storage. It is worth noting that in Japan, the living room is referred to as ima, or living "place."
There are two types of rooms used for living purposes in Japanese homes: shitsu (private rooms) and heya (public rooms). A shitsu is usually given a warm color scheme and decorated with objects that give it a feeling of privacy. These are usually small rooms that could serve as bedrooms if needed. They often have tatami mats on the floor and a shoji screen for decoration and protection from insects. The heya is where everyone gathers to chat, eat, and play music. This room may also have a tatami mat but is more likely to have carpeting. There should be seating for everyone present. Access to the heya is through an entranceway called a genkan. This is where your shoes will be stored when entering a house through the front door. It is important to remove your shoes before going into the heya because it is considered polite to do so.
In modern homes, the distinction between private and public spaces is not always clear-cut. In these cases, it's up to each family to decide what role they want their living room to play.
The following are some outstanding examples of Japanese architecture in Japan.
Getting a house or apartment to rent Renting a house or apartment in Japan is not difficult if you are prepared. Foreign nationals and Japanese residents are not treated differently while renting a home, depending on the landlord and where you choose to live. You can usually find something available within a few days if you know what you're looking for.
In general, houses in larger cities are harder to come by than apartments, which are often called "kaminari" (窓口). These are small units inside large buildings that can be rented separately from their rooms. Often, the receptionist will be able to give you a list of available kaminari. They tend to be cheaper than regular apartments but sometimes have very limited views. It's best to check these things before you sign anything.
If you get stuck trying to find a place to stay, don't worry about it. Just make sure you have a return address where you can be reached, and keep looking. Sometimes people cancel last-minute, which gives you another chance at finding a place to stay.
Finally, remember to write down exactly how much your monthly rental costs so that you don't get surprised by extra fees at move-in time. Some landlords may try to charge you as much as possible since they only need to cover their expenses with you for a short period of time.
31.4 How Does Population Density Influence Housing? Housing in Japan is costly due to a scarcity of flat ground for construction. Most Japanese houses are smaller than those in the United States. Many Japanese families live in flats that are little larger than a normal American family room. This limits how many people can live in these small spaces. The government tries to solve this problem by building more apartments, but there are restrictions on where you can build them so house prices go up.
There are two ways that population density affects housing: demand and supply. In areas with high population densities, there is much demand for housing, so prices rise. In areas with low population densities, there is less demand for housing, so prices fall. Population density is measured by the number of people living within a given area. There are three main types of population density: high, medium, and low.
High-density cities have populations of over 1000 people per square mile. They are found mainly in rural areas outside of large cities. Tokyo is an example of a high-density city. High density means there are a lot of people living in a small space. This can be good for businesses who need lots of employees around them, but it can be difficult for individuals or families to find safe places to live.
Medium-density cities have populations between 100 and 1000 people per square mile. They are found in urban and suburban areas.