I have a house in Japan that is currently empty. I am still debating renting it out or possibly making it available for travelers and digital nomads. It would be a completely set up house, with high-speed internet, a proper kitchen, furniture and bedding, etc. for up to about 6 people comfortably. The rent would be relatively inexpensive as I am just looking to cover costs.
I would like to keep my house in Japan as a place to return every year, but I don’t want to pay for a full year to only stay there for two or three months. If I can rent it out for at least an additional 3 or 4 months per year, then I will re-furnish the house and get it ready for others to stay there.
Japan is actually not that expensive, particularly if you have reasonably priced accommodations and don’t live in a major center like Tokyo.
In a previous post I mentioned the difficulties in getting set up in a new apartments in new countries. Dealing with shady real estate agents is a big pain and apartments are often dirty, poorly equipped and/or have lousy Internet connections. It can often take several days to find decent accommodations at a reasonable price. Even then, you will have to make some sacrifices to keep your costs down.
I am hoping to put together a small network of houses or apartments in different countries that are clean, fully set up, have good internet connections and a decent kitchen. Basically, on your very first day of arriving in a new country, you could go directly to the home you rented and be completely ready to work without stress and difficulties.
For those of us trying to work online, a network of comfortable accommodations would offer a much higher quality of travel and allow us to be up and running as soon as we arrive at a new destination.
Location #1 Nara, Japan
The house is in Nara-Prefecture about 40 minutes from Nara- City by Train. Kyoto is 1 hour away (with Bullet train access to Tokyo in 3 hours). Osaka is about 50 minutes away. Kobe is about 75 minutes away and the Kansai International Airport is about 85 minutes away by train and a comfortable limousine bus ride directly to the departure floor.
My house is in a small city, about 5 minutes away from a good grocery store with great fresh and inexpensive sushi. There is a convenience store about 1 minute away and the nearest train station is a 13 minute walk. There are beautiful temples and shrines nearby (Sakurai, Kashihara-jingu mae, Nara-city, etc.) and it is still in a densely populated city.
It is secluded enough to be able to work without distractions, but has easy access to all the major centers of central Japan.
I haven’t worked out the costs yet, but I expect it to be about $1500 per month with all utilities and bills included for the peak season in spring and fall and about $1200 per month in off seasons. Visits less than one month would be possible but not ideal because of extra costs involved with cleaning and administration. Longer stays could be cheaper.
Digital Nomad Network
Ultimately, I would like to schedule overlapping time to connect with other location independent professionals. We could meet to share ideas, work on projects together and generally connect in person. For me, one of the best things about traveling is meeting other travelers. I hope we can create a good core group of people that regularly meet around the world. A few people are already interested so I don’t think it will be so hard to put together. We just need to start committing to dates and locations.
Do you have a house to add to the network?
I hope to set up the next location in Budapest, in 2012. If anyone else has an apartment they could add, in a popular location around the world, please contact me. Again, the goal is not to make a lot of money, I just want to share quality accommodations with a small group of people that I know and trust.
If you are interested in renting my place in Japan please contact me before March. I am visiting Japan for a short time in March and will need to decide before then if I should re-furnish the house and reconnect the Internet and all utilities.
Please contact me or comment if any of this sounds interesting.