How to Find an Apartment in Japan

Shibuya Center, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya Center, Tokyo, Japan

Japan is a country in Asia. The largest cities are Tokyo, Yokohama, and Osaka.

Below is a selection of the best resources for searching for an apartment in Japan.

Japan Apartment Search Engines

When I’m looking for an apartment abroad, I normally like to start with the country-specific apartment search engines and portals. Here are the most popular ones.

  • At HomeOne of the most popular sites to search for apartments in Japan.
  • Tokyo Apartments: Tokyo Apartments is a good one stop shop for different types of apartments in Japan.
  • Oakhouse: If you are looking for a fully furnished apartment, be sure to check out Oakhouse. You can stay for as little as one month.
  • Real Estate Japan: Real Estate Japan is in English making it easy to use for you English speakers out there.
  • Japan Experience: House Rental options in Kyoto and Tokyo.

Classifieds and Real Estate Agents

You can often find some hidden gems if you dig through the classifieds and real estate agent listings.

  • Craigslist: Pioneers in the internet classifieds space. These guys have tons of Tokyo apartment options that are updated daily. Craigslist is the first place I would check after testing out the Japan-specific search engines.
  • Metropolis: Metropolis is the leading English magazine in Japan. Click through the link to go to their classifieds.
  • Tokyo Notice Board: Tokyo Notice Board is specifically targeted to English speakers. They have a section on housing.

General Apartment and Housing Search Engines

If you have already exhausted your options above, check out the general apartment and housing search engines below.

  • Trip Advisor: Trip Advisor is a great destination for vacation rentals. Search around this site to see what you come up with.
  • HomeAway.comA giant in the vacation rental space with properties featured in countries around the world.
  • AirbnbAirbnb has properties displayed for over 185 countries. You can often get some pretty good deals for short term rentals.

Useful Articles and Blog Posts

Check out the useful articles and blog posts below for more information to help you with your apartment search.

  • Japan GuideJapan Guide is awesome when it comes to detailed information for foreigners looking at starting a life in Japan. Check out this article.
  • Just LandedJust Landed has brief but useful information on housing in Japan, including rental contracts, gas, water, electricity, and student housing.
  • Anglo InfoAnglo Info has short but sweet information about lease agreements.

There you have it. The best places for finding an apartment in Japan. If you are interested in working in this country, be sure to check out my article on how to find a job in Japan as a foreigner. If you are single and are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my reviews of the best dating sites in Japan. Enjoy your stay!

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