What should I expect to find when looking for housing?

On the whole, expatriate housing in Japan can be more spacious than expected. Space is relative to rent, with more space commanding higher rents. Detached houses with yards/gardens are the most difficult to find in Central Tokyo. Housing for expatriates is generally planned with foreign tenants in mind. With this type of housing, compared to typical Japanese homes, rooms are larger, layouts are more Western, and appliances are generally provided. Remember that your residence in Japan should be judged not as a permanent substitute for the home you left behind, but as a new and exciting living experience. With this attitude, you will be able to find a home that is comfortable, convenient and enjoyable.