Foreigners in Japan renting apartments on their own often face discrimination from real estate agents or landlords who refuse to rent to foreigners. Finding a guarantor is also difficult for many foreigners. Some agents will explain to foreigners directly that it is difficult to rent to them.
Living in a Guesthouse is one way to circumvent these problems. There are many guesthouses in Tokyo, but they can also be found in other major cities in the country.
Are you living with a chronic illness and dreaming of moving to Japan? Or maybe you have a job lined up and are concerned about regularly shipping your medication from overseas? Perhaps the medication availability in Japan isn’t a problem, but the cost is burning a hole in your wallet.
If you’re nodding "yes", we have good news: The Japanese government and municipalities provide subsidies for over 100 diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis B and C, and epilepsy, to name a few.