This Tiny Tokyo Apartment Has a Very Unusual Entryway

published Apr 1, 2017
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I think we can all agree that this Tokyo studio is ?. While it’s not strange to see tiny spaces in Japan’s crowded capital city, most at least have a separate space for a toilet. This place just puts one right at the front door. Welcome home.

Clocking in at 9.22 square meters (that’s a little over 99 square feet), this tiny place does have some sweet amenities: AC, a washer/dryer in unit, an “easy to clean IH portable stove” (aka a hot plate), windows on two sides, security camera and 24-hour facility management. Also, the internet is free and the shower has its own cubby and is not right by the front door, but slightly inward toward the kitchen. Which is not the case for the toilet, in case you needed a reminder. But to sweeten the pot (I couldn’t help myself) the toilet is a “hot water washing” type, aka, it has a bidet.

And what’ll this gem set you back? It’s listed for 57,000 yen, or $513 (do note that there’s a one month broker fee…for an apartment with a toilet at the front door). Actually, the price makes a little less ridiculous than the San Francisco studio with a bathroom in the kitchen, which was advertised for the jaw-droppingly high rent of $2000 a month—to be expected in the most expensive city for renters in the world.

The building, which was completed in 2015 and has four other units, is located in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo, which is a “major commercial and administrative center, housing the busiest railway station in the world and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building,” according to Wikipedia. So sure, property is at a premium, but would that make you consider living in an apartment with a toilet at the front door?

h/t Kotaku