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There are some things going for it: the building is still new, clean and convenient. Big, however, it’s not.

Japan’s ANN News visited the building, which is a year and a half old and located in Shibuya. The apartment is tiny, even by Japanese standards.

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The featured one-room measures 3-jo (畳), which means “three tatami mats.” That’s around 53-square feet.

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There is only enough space in the entryway for three pairs of shoes.

The kitchen is in the hallway, which isn’t uncommon for one-room apartments in Japan.

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Here is the refrigerator. This is a good use of space.

The washing machine is in the main room. That is, the room.

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About three people can sit in the room.

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Since the apartment doesn’t have a balcony, which most do, laundry must be hung in the room.

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There isn’t a bathtub, but just a shower. For Japanese people, that might be a big deal, because folks here usually like taking baths.

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The toilet is small. But it’s clean and not unbearable.

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There is a loft for sleeping, which is also an excellent use of space.

The monthly rent is 61,500 yen ($579), and the apartment is only five minutes from Hatagaya Station.

While small, it doesn’t make the list of Japan’s worst apartments.


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