Living in Tokyo

What can you rent in Tokyo for $630 or Less a Month? With No Key Money, No Deposit, No Agency Fee

By popular request, in this installment of the “what can you rent” series, we focus on Tokyo, including short-term options available now for $650 (¥57,000) a month or less. No one likes to pay high move-in costs, so the examples below all feature apartments that don’t charge key money, a deposit, and agency fees.

Studio Apartment – 2 Stops from Shinjuku

Location: Hatagaya Station, Keio line

Studio apartment for rent near Hatagaya Station, 2 stops from Shinjuku. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥66,540 ($613)/month
  • Key Money: None
  • Deposit: None
  • Agency Fee: none
  • Size: 1R studio, 12.83 m² (129-sqft)
  • Floor: 2nd-floor in 2-story building
  • Notes: Loft-style studio unit, basic furnishings, room sharing (up to 2 people) ok

Short-Term Private Room in a Small Share House – Keikyu Kamata Station – 9-min direct to Shinagawa

Location: Kamata Station, JR Keihin Tohoku line

  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥63,000 ($581)/month
  • Key Money: None
  • Deposit: None
  • Agency Fee: None
  • Size: 1R studio, 9.9 m² (106-sqft)
  • Floor: 1st-floor in 2-story building
  • Notes: Loft-style studio unit, basic furnishings, WiFi installed

Studio Apartment for Rent – Ogikubo Station – 14-min direct to Shinjuku

Location: Ogikubo Station, JR Chuo Sobu line, 14-min direct ride to Shinjuku

1R studio apartment for rent near Ogikubo Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥68,040 ($627)/month
  • Key Money: None
  • Deposit: None
  • Agency Fee: none
  • Size: 1R studio, 15.68 m² (161-sqft)
  • Floor: 1st-floor in 1-story building
  • Notes: Convenient location on the JR Keihin-Tohoku line. Small share house a with eight private rooms. All rooms have a key, bed, air conditioner, and refrigerator, so you can start your life in Tokyo with just your suitcase!

Studio Apartment – Hoya Station – About 15-min direct ride to Ikebukuro

Location: 22-min walk to Hoya Station, Seibu Ikebukuro line

Studio apartment for rent near Hoya Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥55,000 ($507)/month
  • Key Money: None
  • Deposit: None
  • Agency Fee: none
  • Size: 16.16 m², 1K studio apartment
  • Floor: 2nd-story in 2-story building
  • Notes:  Loft-style studio apartment with basic furnishings and kitchenette

Private Room in a Share House – Akabane Station – Women Only

Akabane Station is a major commuter hub in northern Tokyo. There is a lot of good shopping near the station including a big Seiyu supermarket on the east side and several shopping malls on the west. Convenient location for easy access to Shinjuku and Yokohama.

 

  • Total Monthly Cost: ¥57,000 ($525)/month
  • Key Money: None
  • Deposit: None
  • Agency Fee: none
  • Size: Private 7.10-sqm (75-sqft) room in a share house with common kitchen/dining facilities, western-style toilet, shower room
  • Floor: 2nd-story in 3-story building
  • Notes:  Women only share house. Great short-term rental option in a convenient location with access to major train lines on the JR network: JR Tohoku Main, Takasaki, Keihin-Tohoku, Shonan-Shinjuku, Saikyo

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Lead photo: Annual Spring Family Carnival, Kamata Station West Exist Shoutengai (Shopping Arcade), 2017.