About real estate and rent
A rented apartment in a large city costs from 600 USD plus a communal apartment from 150 USD. Housing with a minimum budget is quite cramped, designed for one person, its area may not exceed 20 square meters. m with a kitchen in the hallway. Of course, the price also depends on the location, year of construction of the house, infrastructure, well-being of the area.
Unlike many other countries, where they try to acquire their own housing as soon as possible, in Japan, many prefer to rent it for many years (this despite the fact that banks easily give out mortgage loans for 35 years without a down payment). The fact is that renting has a lot of advantages: you can move to a new apartment with a fresh finish every couple of years, change areas to more convenient ones – or even choose “according to your mood”, you don’t have to pay a property tax that exceeds 1000 USD, you don’t need bother with repairs and other household issues. But still, the main reason that makes local residents take time to buy a home is work. Most companies have branches and branches throughout the country, this translates into frequent rotation of employees to transfer experience, maintain communications and strengthen the provinces. Own housing with such mobility can become a burden.
Unlike many other countries where they try to get their own housing as soon as possible, in Japan many people prefer to rent it for many years.
An iPhone lives for two years
Internet and communications in the country are quite expensive. Cellular communication most often comes “complete” with the device itself: every two years, cellular companies give out freshly released iPhones to the right and left on credit, which the happy owners close for 2 years at about 100 USD per month – just in time for the release of the next novelty. So do not be surprised when you see the latest iPhones in the hands of literally every first one on a Japanese train. Of course, there are also budget cellular plans from 30 USD, without regular replacement of the device. But would you be able to walk around with an old iPhone 7, knowing that you can get the 11th model right now and seeing how your friends and colleagues are already flaunting it with might and main?
Trains are not a luxury, cars are a status
Trains and subways are Japanese everything and everywhere: you can easily plan a trip to a neighboring city exclusively by “railroad”, without changing to buses. The cost is tied to the distance: you can get to the next station for 2 USD, and to the end of the line – for 8-10 USD, depending on its length.
The Japanese also have cars, and almost everyone buys the latest models, but they use them only on weekends for going out of town or family trips. The tax on a car is from 400 USD and above, it depends on the engine size, year of manufacture, exhaust emissions and other things. Plus, once every 2 years, owners are required to conduct a technical inspection with troubleshooting. A liter of gasoline costs about 1.2 USD, toll roads are not cheap pleasures.
The best sausage is fish
Stores do not sell meat, sausages, fruits, vegetables and other things by weight: everything is either in small packages or individually. At first, it was not easy for me to get used to the idea that – okay, apples – even onions and potatoes need to be bought individually and very expensive. For example, apples, pears, tomatoes in season cost from 1 USD per piece, and in winter-spring – more than 2 USD. Meat is sold packaged at 100-200 g.
In general, meat in Japan is considered not very healthy food, consumed in small quantities. You will find dishes like our roast here, except perhaps in a foreign restaurant.
By the way, the Japanese are happy to try dishes of different cultures, and in Tokyo there are enough restaurants and cafes with cuisine from literally all countries: from Korea to Italy and from Russia to America. The price range is very large, from 5 to 150 USD, it all depends on the concept and level of the institution.
In Tokyo, the fact that even the most budgetary sets are tasty, satisfying and always meet strict Japanese catering standards is encouraging. And complex lunches (no more than 10 USD), which include salad, miso soup and a main course, delight not only students. Good fish – mackerel, chum salmon, tuna, saury – is very affordable, you can dine with it at least every day. And the local sushi really deserve Michelin stars. This is what it means to live on the islands. Japanese! =”(max-width: 549px)”>