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Sound Proof Apartments in Japan - What You Need To Know

In some Japanese cities like Tokyo and Osaka, soundproof apartments are becoming more popular. They're not just for musicians but also for karaoke lovers and gamers. Musicians are the main focus and anyone can play music 24/7.

If you're planning to make Tokyo your permanent musical base, consider searching for musician-friendly or "gakkika" (楽器可, musical instruments allowed) housing. These apartments are designed with musicians in mind and often include soundproofing features like concrete walls, double doors, and windows. Target neighborhoods near music conservatories or universities with music departments for better options.

These apartments, available in different sizes like Studio, 1K, or 1DK, can reduce noise from 95 dB in one room to just 15 dB in the next. To give you an idea, a subway or motorcycle is about 95 dB, while normal breathing is around 15 dB. The only downside is that these apartments can be 20% or more expensive than regular ones.

If you can't find a place for your musical instrument and you don't want to bother your neighbors, you can make your space creative-friendly! Focus on soundproofing, but keep the place at its original state when moving out.

Soundproof blankets: Cover windows to block street sounds, or drape over noisy appliances like washing machines. Easy to move and affordable, they're a great solution for quieting your space.

Get acoustic panels: they're a proven way to block in or out noises. Hang these boards or fabrics on your walls. Some are for keeping your music in, ideal for musicians practicing without bothering neighbors. Others block outside noise, creating a quiet space for work or podcasting. Combine both types in a room if you need to control sounds going in and out.

Hang thick, heavy curtains to reduce noise from entering or leaving through windows. They not only cut down on noise transmission but also help with insulation in the winter. For even better sound control, consider acoustic curtains designed to weigh around 7 kilograms (15 pounds) and deflect incoming sounds.

Close off the gaps under doors to block noise and keep insects out. Add door sweeps for a more permanent solution. For a temporary fix, use a thick towel to fill the gap and soundproof the room.

Thick Rug and Rug Pad: Invest in a thick rug to insulate your home and minimize noise. Enhance soundproofing by using a rug pad underneath.

Bookcases or Shelves: Use bookcases to prevent sound leakage through thin walls. Place a large bookshelf in front of the wall and fill it with books for better soundproofing.

It's essential to be open about your musical activities with your housing agent. Discuss the instrument you play, your practice schedule, and any other relevant details. This transparency can increase your chances of securing a musician-friendly apartment, placing you in a vibrant community of fellow creatives.


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