• May 21, 2015

    A Guide to Tokyo Animal Cafes

    “Where’s the best place in Tokyo to play with rabbits?” “Where can I drink herbal tea with noisy birds squawking in the background?” “How many cats can you possibly fit into one small room?” These are questions we’ve undoubtedly all […]

  • April 28, 2015
    TV party tonight

    Have a TV Party with Streaming Services in Japan

    One small bummer of a thing when you’re living in a country not entirely your own is that YOU’RE MISSING YOUR SHOWS. Yeah, there are many strange and wonderful things about Japan: beautiful sights, amazing sounds, every day a challenge […]

  • February 17, 2015

    New Interactive Rent Map Reveals Cheapest Tokyo Neighbourhoods

    Any Tokyoite knows the trials and tribulations of trying to find a reasonably priced, conveniently located apartment — the feat even harder as a cheapo. We’d like to upgrade your apartment-hunting experience with the New Interactive Tokyo Rent Map. The […]

Living in Tokyo

The cost of living in Tokyo is not insignificant so if you’re looking for a cheap place to live then you’ll be disappointed. However, it gets a bad rap in international surveys that tout it as the most expensive city in the world to live in. The problem of these surveys is that they compare apples with pears – if you want to transplant your western lifestyle with a two car garage and a big backyard, then it will cost a fortune. If you’re up for adapting and trying new things, then you’ll be surprised how economically you can live.

Latest Posts in Living

  • Must.Find.Kit.Kats.

    The Great Tokyo Kit Kat Search

    Let’s follow Benjamin, long-time Tokyo Cheapo reader, on his quest to find as many unique (and elusive) Japanese Kit Kat flavours as possible. November 19-26, 2014: My mother and I arrive at Narita Airport. A total of four things are on my […]

  • May 18, 2015
    Stephanie Crohin

    Interview with Stephanie Crohin: Sento Aficionado

    All you need to know about the communal bathing experience in Tokyo can be answered by Stephanie Crohin—sento aficionado and creator of [Editor’s note: Stephanie’s first language is not English. If you’re not reading the interview with a French accent, you’re […]

  • May 6, 2015

    NRT’s Terminal 3 for Budget Airlines Running Track Design

    This post was originally published on Japan Trends. Narita International Airport’s much-anticipated third terminal opened on April 8th. Three years in development, Terminal 3 is exclusively for low-cost carriers and short-haul flights. The design has been handled by Nikken Sekkei, […]

  • May 6, 2015

    Interview with Cheapo Writer Liz

    If you want the dish on where to dine, follow Liz—our resident foodie guru. She’s got the scoop on how to get Michelin-star meals for cheap, where to get some worthy pizza in town where a decent slice is ever elusive, and even […]