5 spacious, affordable apartments to ease you back into Japan, from now to this fall

Here are five spacious and affordable apartments for all of you out there who are planning to move in (or around) Japan in the next few months.

We handpicked properties that are at least 35-sqm (377-sqft), do not cost more than ¥100,000 ($907 USD) a month, and which will open up for applications starting from now until this fall. Monthly rent for our featured properties start as low as ¥60,470 ($548 USD).

All of our recommendations are also made available through the GaijinPot Housing Service, which means that you can apply from overseas, get bilingual assistance throughout the application process, and can pay for everything with a credit card. Here are the benefits of going with a GaijinPot Housing Service property:

  • ★ No guarantor required
    ★ Bilingual support
    ★ No Japanese required
    ★ Utility set up assistance
    ★ Bilingual concierge service after move in
    ★ All payments via credit card and debit card (1-month security deposit is required for debit card payment)

Now let’s take a look at the featured apartments!

2DK apartment in Machida — Convenient for commuting to Machida, Hachioji and Shinjuku

Total Monthly Cost:  ¥60,470 ($548 USD)

Estimated cost to move in: ¥172,970

  • No key money

Location: 22-min walk from Fuchinobe Station on the JR Yokohama line

  • 6-min direct ride to Machida Station
  • 19-min direct ride to Hachioji
  • 56-min ride to Shinjuku with one transfer (at Machida Station)

Available from: July 26, 2021

Property Highlights

  • Spacious 39.75 m² layout with two rooms in addition to kitchen/dining room; all Western-style rooms
  • Large closet
  • Toilet room separate from bath and vanity
  • Convenient neighborhood (conbini and supermarket within 300 to 400-meters of the apartment)
  • Please see the full listing on the property detail page and fill in the inquiry form to learn more about this property
  • Or click on any of the images below to get more details about this apartment.

Spacious 2DK apartment for rent in Machida. Image: Misawa Homes

Image: Misawa Homes

2DK apartment in Adachi Ward, Tokyo — No deposit, no key money, no agency fee!

Total Monthly Cost:  ¥79,641 ($722 USD)

Estimated cost to move in: ¥158,401

  • No deposit, no key money, no agency fee!

Location: 11-min walk from Umejima Station on the Tobu Isesaki (SkyTree) line

  • 9-min direct to Kita Senju Station
  • 17-min direct to Oshiage Station
  • 24-min direct to Asakusa Station

Available from: August 21, 2021

Property Highlights

  • Spacious 40.38 m² 2DK apartment
  • Top floor (2nd-floor) unit
  • Dining/kitchen room, plus one Western-style (flooring) room and one tatami room
  • Located near the Arakawa River, greenery and paved walking/biking path along the river
  • Lots of small shops, convenience stores, and supermarket right nearby
  • Perfect for commuting to work or school at major nearby stations like Kita Senju, Oshiage, and Asakusa
  • Please see the full listing on the property detail page and fill in the inquiry form to learn more about this property
  • Or click on any of the images below to get more details about this apartment.

Spacious 2DK apartment for rent in Adachi Ward. Please click on the photo for more info! Image: HIRO

Image: HIRO

1LDK apartment in Tama – Pets ok + living/dining room opens to private garden!

Total Monthly Cost:  ¥68,544 ($621 USD)

Estimated cost to move in: ¥162,194

  • No key money, no agency fee

Location: 29-min walk from Keiou Nagayama Station on the Keio Sagamihara Line

  • Located in Tama-shi, a western suburb of Tokyo
  • Quiet residential neighborhood near many parks
  • 2-minute walk to Kokushikan University
  • Adjacent station to Keio Tama Center Station
  • 14-min direct ride to Chofu Station
  • 46-min ride to Shinjuku Station

Available from: September 11, 2021

Property Highlights

  • Spacious 39.64 m² 1LDK (1-bedroom) apartment
  • Two occupants ok!
  • Pets ok with 2-months additional deposit
  • Private garden/yard space connects to living/dining room
  • Open kitchen counter between living room and kitchen
  • Large closet – plenty of storage space!
  • Please see the full listing on the property detail page and fill in the inquiry form to learn more about this property
  • Or click on any of the images below to get more details about this apartment.

Spacious 1LDK (1-bedroom) apartment for rent in Tama. Please click on the photo for more info! Image: Powers Unlimited

Private garden space. Image: Powers Unlimited

Living room with kitchen counter opening to kitchen. Image: Powers Unlimited

2DK near Koiwa Station – Renovation to be finished at beginning of August…move into a newly renovated apartment!

Total Monthly Cost:  ¥77,248 ($700 USD)

Estimated cost to move in: ¥276,198

  • No key money

Location: 18-min walk from Koiwa Station on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line

  • Great location for commuting to school or work in Chiba
  • 5-min direct ride to Motoyawata Station
  • 10-min direct ride to Nishi Funabashi Station
  • 17-min direct ride to Akihabara

Available from: August 1, 2021

Property Highlights

  • Sunny, spacious 39.74 m² corner unit apartment
  • Lots of storage space
  • Lots of shopping (convenience stores, supermarkets) nearby
  • Please see the full listing on the property detail page and fill in the inquiry form to learn more about this property
  • Or click on any of the images below to get more details about this apartment.

Spacious 2DK apartment for rent near Koiwa Station. Please click on the photo for more info! Image: Nakagawa Fudosan

Image: Nakagawa Fudosan

3DK near Funabori Station – Great location between downtown Tokyo and Chiba

Total Monthly Cost:  ¥91,489 ($829 USD)

Estimated cost to move in: ¥325,718

  • No key money

Location: 13-min walk from Funabori Station on the Toei Shinjuku Line

  • Great location in Edogawa Ward, between downtown Tokyo and Chiba
  • 19-minute direct ride to Jimbocho (central business district in Tokyo)
  • 11-minute direct ride to Motoyawata Station in Ichikawa, Chiba

Available from: Please inquire

Property Highlights

  • Spacious 48.19 m² 3DK layout (dining/kitchen room plus 3 additional rooms)
  • A lot of closet space
  • Large balcony runs the length of one side of the apartment
  • Two Japanese-style rooms, one Western-style room in addition to kitchen/dining area
  • Please see the full listing on the property detail page and fill in the inquiry form to learn more about this property
  • Or click on any of the images below to get more details about this apartment.

Spacious 3DK apartment for rent near Funabashi Station in Edogawa Ward. Image: JPMC

Floorplan. Image: JPMC

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Lead photo: People crossing the street in Machida, iStock 589971250