Sunday, January 08, 2006

Leo Palace

When Yong-nam and I first moved to Japan, we lived in a Leo Palace apartment. It was convenient because they don't require a guarantor, deposit, or key money. The apartments are fully furnished, and there's a relatively small amount of fuss involved when moving in.

One drawback is that they're kind of pricey, even though utilities are included in the price (not sure about their new broadband connection service). You have to pay for everything up front. If you plan to live there for 3 months, you have to pay all three months from the start. The more months you pay for up front, the cheaper it gets. Another problem is that the walls are a bit thin.

http://www.eg.leopalace21.com/ is a good place to start. They have buildings everywhere, but unfortunately the English version of their site doesn't let you scroll through them. If you are able to read Japanese, I suggest clicking over to the Japanese side and checking out some of the apartments that are available. You can actually check exactly which apartments are available, and when. The Leo Palace headquarters for Tokyo is in Shinjuku (west exit).


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