With the rise of international traveling also came the rise of serviced apartments. In Tokyo, for example, serviced apartments are very popular as they are already fully-furnished and come with several basic amenities. The greatest advantage, of course, is paying at a lesser price compared to hotels. Serviced apartments give travelers comfort, freedom, privacy, and safety at a lower price. What more can you ask for?

There are several serviced apartments in Tokyo, and your next dilemma now is how to look for the one that fits you. This should not be a problem though, if you just know what you’re looking for. First, you have to decide what type of serviced apartment you need.

There are “aparthotels” located in the city, which can give guests a feeling of living in a hotel, with 24-hour reception, but also a feeling of living in an apartment because of the lack of hotel facilities. There are also corporate housing available, residential properties which have been converted to short-term or long-term rentals. Corporate housing is popular in Tokyo because it can give travelers a feeling of a “home away from home”.

After you’ve decided what type of serviced apartment to rent, you have to decide the size of the apartment itself. The great thing about serviced apartments is that they can be a very convenient option when travelling with the whole family. Apartments size range from studio-type rooms, fit for one to two persons, and two to three-bedroom houses that can fit a family of five. Despite the sizes of the apartments, however, they still are cheaper compared to their corresponding hotel rooms.

Now that you’ve got those sorted, you can then focus on looking for the actual apartment. There are several booking agents with websites for pre-booking months or days before you travel (Roomorama.com). Contacting these agents and describing to them clearly the type and size of apartment you want. These agents will then contact several serviced apartments and give you a good price range. The agents will charge a small fee for these.

If you’re a spontaneous traveler, a nice option is to wait until you get to Tokyo to find an apartment yourself. Serviced apartments are sprawling all over Tokyo, so you are sure to get an apartment in no time. A few conversations with locals could also help you find the best deals; as long as you stay positive and keep a friendly smile on your face, you might even find an opportunity to negotiate the prices of the apartments.