Studio apartment for rent Yoga Tokyo No Key Money

Affordable Living in Tokyo

No Deposit, No Key Money, No Agency Fee Apartments in Tokyo

To lower your expenses when moving into an apartment in Japan, look for properties that don’t require a deposit, key money, or agency fee.

More and more agents and landlords are waiving some or all of these fees, especially when they are trying to fill vacancies in the off-peak season (from about April to July) or are trying to lease-up a new building. Together these fees can add at least three months’ rent to your move-in costs, so it pays to be vigilant in your search.

We currently list over 1,100 properties in Tokyo’s 23 Wards with no deposit, no key money, no agency fee required. You can see the full list here.

For a list of properties in other parts of Japan, please go here. We currently list over 3,700 properties throughout Japan that don’t charge a deposit, key money, or agency fee.

If you are looking for short-term rentals in Tokyo, please see this list: Short-Term Apartments for Rent in Tokyo

Below are examples of affordable and conveniently located apartments that don’t charge these upfront fees.

Useful Vocabulary

If you are going to a bricks-and-mortar agency, here is some vocabulary that may help you in your search.

No deposit: shikikin-nashi (敷金なし) or shikikin-zero 敷金ゼロ

No key money: reikin-nashi (礼金なし) or shikikin-zero (礼金ゼロ)

Intermediary (Agency): chūkai (仲介)

Fee: tesūryō (手数料)

No agency feechūkai tesūryō-nashi

Propertybukken (物件)

I’m looking for a “no key money” property:

Reikin-nashi no bukken wo sagashite imasu. (礼金なしの物件を探しています。)

But why go to a bricks-and-mortar agency when you can just scroll! So let’s take a look at some examples.

Spacious Studio on Marunouchi Line — 14-min to Shinjuku Station

Spacious studio apartment for rent in Nakano Fujimicho on the Marunouchi Line, 14-min ride to Shinjuku. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Where: Near Nakano Fujimicho Station on the Marunouchi subway line, 14-min direct ride to Shinjuku Station
  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥110,000 ($998)/month
  • Size: 26-sqm (280-sqft)
  • Floor: 4th floor in 12-story building
  • Notes: High-end bath/shower (please click through for photos). Pets negotiable. Convenient neighborhood with good shopping, near park.

Partially Furnished Loft Studio for Rent — 6-Stops to Shinjuku

Partially furnished loft-style studio apartment for rent on Oedo line, 6-stops from Shinjuku. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire to the agent.

  • Where: 2-min walk from Ochiaiminami Nagasaki Station the Toei Oedo subway line, 6-stops direct to Shinjuku
  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥¥91,540 ($830)/month
  • Size: 19-sqm (205-sqft)
  • Floor: 1st floor in 3-story building
  • Notes: Compact but has everything you need. Kitchen with one burner, fridge. Air conditioner. Broadband installed.

Studio Apartment for Rent in Yoga — 14-min Direct to Shibuya

Studio apartment for rent Yoga Tokyo No Key Money

New (2017) designer studio apartment for rent near Yoga Station, 14-min direct ride to Shibuya on the Tokyu-Den-En-Toshi line. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Where: 12-min walk from Yoga Station, 14-min direct ride to Shibuya on the Tokyu-Den-En-Toshi line.
  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥88,300  ($800)/month
  • Size: 18-sqm (200-sqft)
  • Floor: 2nd floor in 5-story building
  • Notes: Brand new (2017) designer apartment. Great residential neighborhood with lots of shopping and dining nearby, with easy access to the city center.

Furnished apartment in Shin Otsuka — One Stop From Ikebukuro

Studio apartment for rent in Shin Otsuka on the Marunouchi Line, just one stop from Ikebukuro, a major shopping and transit hub on the Yamanote Line. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Where: Bunkyo Ward, 4-min walk from Shin-Otsuka Stn on the Marunouchi Line, one stop from Ikebukuro and about 23-min from Shinjuku
  • Rent: ¥69,000 ($625)/month
  • Maintenance fee: ¥4,540/month
  • Size: 14-sqm (151-sqft)
  • Floor: Second floor in 2-story buildling
  • Notes: Good budget neighborhood, close to a very convenient train line. Furnished with bed, table, TV, fridge, and washing machine.

Studio apartment in Setagaya Ward — Easy commute to Shinjuku

Studio apartment for rent on the Odakyu Odawara Line. Easy access to Shinjuku. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Where: Setagaya Ward, 18-min walk from Soshigaya Okura Stn on the Odakyu Odawarai Line, 22-min direct ride to Shinjuku
  • Rent: ¥69,000 ($625)/month
  • Maintenance fee: ¥8,000/month
  • Size: 26-sqm (1279-sqft)
  • Floor: Second floor in 7-story buildling
  • Notes: Convenient neighborhood with supermarket, conbini, and budget restaurants nearby.

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