How To Rent an Apartment in Japan

8 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Rent an Apartment in Japan for Foreigners [Video]

In this video, Ken Shimizu from Real Estate Japan goes over the Top 8 reasons why it’s so hard for foreigners to rent an apartment in Japan.

  1. You have to use an agent.
  2. You need a Japanese bank account.
  3. You have to have a Japanese (domestic) phone.
  4. Move-in costs are very high compared to most other countries.
  5. You have to have a guarantor.
  6. You may have to pay key money.
  7. You cannot rent an apartment from overseas.
  8. Most real estate agents in Japan do not speak English.

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The GaijinPot Housing Service

The GaijinPot Housing Service will help you deal with a lot of the hassles involved in renting an apartment in Japan. This is a end-to-end bilingual rental housing service for foreigners. You can apply from overseas, and you won’t need a Japanese bank account or guarantor. Learn more here!