It can be a great feeling when you hop onto Tokyo Sayonara Sales or even Craigslist and manage to bag a great dresser and a near-mint-condition washing machine for a bargain from a seller 25km away. The feeling of elation can be quickly deflate when you realize that you've got no idea how you\u2019re going to get the items back to your place. Then, you check online at top removal companies and they\u2019re all charging 10x the price you paid for the item in the first place, just to move it from north to west Tokyo. What to do? Time to get smart. Luckily, we\u2019ve done the research for you and worked out how to move large items around Tokyo. Whilst this article includes info for the Kanto region specifically, there is a lot of crossover for other regions so read ahead to find out how to avoid paying through the nose to move your new sofa. DIY Every Cheapo loves a bit of that DIY spirit, especially when it's kind to your wallet. Let\u2019s take a look at the options. Rent-a-Car If you have a car license, why not move it by yourself? Probably the cheapest option is to rent a big car from Nico-Nico Rent a Car (the cheapest!) for 6 hours for and get everything done. With the bigger type (wagon) there is ample space and moving a small apartment should only take a few trips. A sofa you\u2019ve got from Jimoty will only take one. Another tip: if you\u2019re planning on getting things from Jimoty and you\u2019re renting a car we suggest scheduling them for the same day and picking them all up in one swoop. You could even rent a car, move your items and then do a Jimoty sweep to finish off. Car Share Certain credit cards such as Rakuten have the added bonus of signing up driving licence holders to the Times Car sharing scheme. This service is fantastic because you can mix-and-match, picking the type of car to fit the occasion. Holiday to the beach? Kei type. Moving a washing machine and refrigerator? You need a wagon. Another good thing about using a car share such as Times is that it doesn\u2019t matter what time you return it by and filling it up at the end saves you 15 mins of yen. Unlike the car rental places, there is no closing time, so even if the trip there and back takes way longer than planned, you needn\u2019t worry. Dolly Style Buy a dolly trolley (also called, platform trolley, hand truck or daisha in Japanese) or borrow one. This method probably won\u2019t work for that 3-seater sofa but it will work for the washing machine. Once you\u2019ve acquired the trolley, all you need to do is strap the appliance or large, bulky item to it and head back home. Train or bus, be prepared for some funny looks and lots of searching for lifts. Points for ingenuity, money and excitement. External Services The ultimate cheapo tip is to head to a Facebook group like Tokyo Expat Network or a message board and post an advert asking for someone to move it for you. There is a good chance that your post will start a mini bidding war amongst group users. A downside to this is concerns whether or not they are insured. If you\u2019re willing to take the gamble then go for it! If it\u2019s an item you got for free or for peanuts anyway then it\u2019s probably worth a punt. If it\u2019s something a bit more valuable then it\u2019s a good idea to get someone who is insured. Check the blokes bellow for our recommendations. Anytimes Japan skill-sharing app Anytimes lists experienced movers who you can contact directly to help you move your large items, or even help you to move all of your stuff. Skill providers set their own prices so you can find something to match your price point. If you need some help to assemble your new bed once it's been delivered, they have you covered with that to. Midori Home Services For expats moving items around Kanto, a good choice is the very experienced David Green of Midori Home Services. David has been running his own moving business around Tokyo for over 10 years and is an expert at moving and removing. He is also adept at putting together furniture, fitting lighting and so on, so even if you\u2019re moving something flatpack he can see it all the way through. A firm favorite, beloved by the expat community, David provides service with a smile and is very quick to respond, too. Tokyo Gold Star Moving Services Another friendly recommendation is for Tokyo Gold Star Moving Services, which is run by a nice Australian named Ashley. Ashley knows how hard and expensive it can be to move house or even move single things like beds around Tokyo. Unlike some other services, Tokyo Gold Star Moving Services are available to move even smaller items such as bikes and washing machines. With a van large enough to fit a sofa yet small enough to maneuver round the tiny Tokyo backstreets *Setagaya cough cough,* you can rest assured that your item will get straight to wherever you want it. Even if it\u2019s up five tiny backstreets or down the side of Golden Gai. Yamato Home Convenience \u2018Send it!\u2019 in the voice of a Gen Z. But moving large items in a good way, of course. You\u2019ll have to check before you book though. Depending on the type of item, some places don\u2019t allow washing machines, but will do three-seater sofas, for instance. Yamato Home Convenience (an offshoot of Yamato Transport) offers a service which ranges from aircons moved from through to washing machines from and sofas from . The \u2018Furniture and Electronics\u2019 service is great because service is available in English and you don\u2019t even have to be there. Two staff members will nurture your new washing machines like their children and get them safely from A to B. Let us know how you get on moving your large items around Tokyo or your local city on the Tokyo Cheapo Community.