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By Desiree Quijalvo
September 7th, 2012
Those who plan to stay for a long time in Japan find guesthouses or “gaijin houses” more practical. Gaijin house, meaning “foreigner house” is not only comfortable, but also inexpensive. Foreigners also find living in guesthouses hassle-free because they don’t need to trouble themselves in furnishing a conventional apartment.
Guesthouses in Japan can be found in major cities. There are single, independently managed guesthouses in Tokyo and other areas, while some are owned by realty companies which operate multiple houses across the city.
These spaces come as shared or private apartments with a mix of Japanese and Western style. Private apartments are more expensive than shared apartments, where kitchen and bathrooms are also shared.
However, there are companies who make exceptions on contracts and payments. Depending on the room and the owners, monthly rent for shared apartment particularly in the Tokyo area is between 40,000 and 100,000 yen per person a month while a private one costs at least 100,000 yen per month.
Most guesthouses don’t have modern features although the apartments are furnished with basic kitchen utensils, a futon or quilted mattress rolled out on the floor for use as a bed, a pay phone and sometimes, simple appliances like fans and television.
Foreigners in particular may find living in a guesthouse, a great experience. It gives them the chance to experience the simple everyday life of the people, like buying and preparing food for themselves and keeping their areas clean the right way. More importantly, it gives them a chance to meet people from various places.
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