Yokohama - share house and heat?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 29, 2012 7:22 AM Last Post By: osajant
Nov 27, 2012 2:41 PM
Yokohama - share house and heat?Hi All. I'm heading to Yokohama for 1 month from mid-Dec to mid-Jan, and will be looking to rent a small room in a share house (on the cheap side) during this time.
I have been told that the Japanese do not generally use heating. I have spent several winters in Seoul and know how BITTERLY cold this region of the world can get and am VERY concerned on how I will keep warm - particularly during the night
If anyone could recommend any special share houses that offer heating - or allow external heating devices to be brought in at the expense of the guest - it would be much appreciated.
Nov 27, 2012 4:02 PM
1Yokohama is not as cold as Seoul (I think). Overnight lows in Dec.~Jan. should be 3~5 degrees, possibly even 7 or if really lucky, even 10 degrees. Getting down to zero degrees is pretty rare, even at night in February in Yokohama.
That said, old buildings can be very drafty and therefore not much warmer than outside. Newer buildings are warmer.
I've never stayed in a gaijin house but I've heard of some in Yokohama that have coin-operated heat in each room.
Nov 27, 2012 6:54 PM
2Perhaps something like
Craigs list might turn up options, as might metropolis and gaijin pot.
Nov 27, 2012 9:10 PM
3Pacific ocean side(i.e. Yokohama) is warmer than the Japan Sea side and a lot warmer than Seoul. This is because the bone freezing cold & dry Siberian wind through Korea picks up moisture over the Japan Sea and dumps snow as it rises over mountains cooling air down. Then, on the pacific ocean side the air warms up as it come down the mountain twice the cooling rate. This is called the Foehn phenomenon: Google translate. The air will be colder when no wind.
Anyway, anymore most places have a wall mounted split mini-A/C unit that has the efficient heat pump for winter heating. Look for it. For additional heat, buy a cheap kotatsu like most Japanese have.
Nov 28, 2012 12:50 PM
Nov 28, 2012 4:01 PM
Nov 29, 2012 12:01 AM
Nov 29, 2012 7:22 AM
7Yes you will need heating.
I am in Yokohama now and have the heater on...and it's still November.
But nothing fancy is required, just an electric heater.
If your share house doesnt have one, just buy one from Don Quixote when you arrive.
While I sleep I dont use a heater though....blanket is enough.
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