• July 24, 2015

    8 Recommended Resources for Learning Japanese

    Whether you want to learn Japanese without enrolling in a language school, or you want to supplement your Japanese lessons, there’s no shortage of learning resources for you, and here are some of them. Keep in mind, though, that since […]

  • July 20, 2015

    6 Cheapo Tips for Keeping Cool in Tokyo Summer

    Tokyo is one of those cities that is freezing during the winter and sweltering in the summer. It seems like there’s no way to win. So rather than spending the Tokyo summer months complaining about the electricity bill draining your finances, […]

  • 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 […]

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

  • June 9, 2015
    Earn your black belt in the Way of the Lunch Box.

    Making Bento: Lessons in the Art of Lunch

    This post was originally written by Vivian Morelli on Tokyo Weekender. Forget about cellophane-wrapped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a bag of potato chips: packing a lunch in Japan goes beyond a brown-bag affair. In fact, bento-making is a […]

  • June 4, 2015
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    Help, Roaches Have Invaded My Home!

    People commonly look forward to fireflies, barbecue parties, picnics, fireworks, festivals and yukata in summer. But what people don’t look forward to is an uninvited house guest: the cockroach. While Japan is generally a clean country, it also happens to […]

  • May 20, 2015

    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 […]