Webinar: How to Rent an Apartment in Japan as a Foreigner

Learn how to rent an apartment in Japan and the main issues foreigners face when looking for housing in Japan. We will also be introducing Ota Ward and apartments currently available in Ota. The seminar will be held live online from 11:30AM to 12:30PM on October 17th (JST).

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    Real Estate Japan
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    This seminar will be held online and virtually hosted in Tokyo
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Real Estate Japan is pleased to present the next online seminar in our series on how to rent an apartment in Japan as a foreigner.

In this seminar, we will cover the basics of how to rent an apartment and discuss some of the main issues foreigners face when looking for housing in Japan. Specific topics include:

  • Rental apartment markets in Japan
  • Procedures for renting an apartment in Japan
  • Preparation and paperwork for applying for an apartment in Japan
  • Why is it so hard for foreigners to rent an apartment in Japan?
  • Language and cultural barriers to renting an apartment in Japan
  • Why do some landlords prefer Japanese people over foreigners as tenants?
  • Why is it so expensive to rent an apartment in Japan and what exactly is key money?
  • Why are moving-out costs sometimes so high?
  • Two things to be especially careful of when you live in an apartment in Japan
  • Other housing options besides apartments
  • New topics we’re adding in this seminar:
    • Differences among 1R, 1K, 1DK, and 1LDK apartments
    • Q&A session during the seminar

Featured Area: Ota

At this session, we’ll also be covering housing options in Ota Ward and what it’s like to live here.

Ota Ward is the southernmost and largest of the 23 wards of Tokyo. It is located next to Tokyo Bay and bordered by Shinagawa, Meguro and Setagaya to the north and partly bordered by Koto Ward to the east.

Haneda Airport is just 15 minutes away from the major hub of Kamata by bus or train, so you will find a lot of conveniently located short-term apartments in Ota catering to business travelers and tourists.

This part of Tokyo also offers a diverse range of residential neighborhoods, from the exclusive enclave of Denenchofu to commuter-friendly stations like Kamata and Omori.

Average rent in Ota (except for for the very high-end neighborhood of Denenchofu) is lower than for the 23 Wards as a whole. This makes it a popular residential choice for young professionals and families with children. But you’ll also find plenty of young singles and couples living here.

The many stations along the Keihin-Tohoku line and the Keikyu Main in Ota Ward area are also an excellent option for people who want to be about mid-way between Tokyo and the various urban centers of Kanagawa prefecture, including Yokohama and Kawasaki.

Entrance to Sunrise Shopping Street, just across from the west exit of Kamata Station in Ota Ward. Photo: Scott Kouchi

  • Why live in Ota?
  • Ota for foodies — Recommended restaurants and cafes
  • Examples of apartments for rent in Ota – Click to see apartments available now
  • Examples of short-term apartments for rent in Ota – Click to see currently available units
  • Bilingual real estate agent in Adachi – Balleggs – Click to see our featured agent for the Adachi area

Articles on Renting an Apartment in Japan

Real Estate Japan regularly publishes articles on renting and living in Japan, covering a wide range of topics from featured properties in popular neighborhoods, how to save money on move-in costs, to practical tips and advice for setting up your apartment and your life in Japan! You can also check out our Area Guides to get in-depth info on dozens of Tokyo neighborhoods.

Here are a few of our most popular articles on renting an apartment in Japan:

Please visit the Resources section to see all of our articles.

This seminar is designed for foreign residents and foreigners currently outside Japan who are planning to move here. Even if you’re currently outside Japan or live in Japan and don’t speak Japanese, we are able to help with your housing search!

Please note that the number of attendees will be limited to 30. Click on the link below to reserve a space.

We look forward to seeing you online!

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Yasuhiro Kitagawa

Yasuhiro has been with Real Estate Japan for six years. He studied and worked in the U.S. for over ten years before returning to Japan to work in the Japanese real estate industry. He is passionate about improving transparency and access to the Japanese real estate market for Japanese and foreigners alike. Yasuhiro is head of Real Estate Japan's investment support services for foreigners.


This seminar will be held online and virtually hosted in Tokyo

Host Real Estate Japan


1. To register for this seminar click on the link below.

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2. You will be taken to the registration form on GoToWebinar, our seminar platform partner site.

3. After you complete online registration, you will receive a confirmation email from GoToWebinar.

4. Click on the link in the registration email to join the seminar on the date and time of the event.

5. If it is the first time you will be joining us on GoToWebinar, you will be asked to install the GoToWebinar software on your device. Installation takes about five minutes.

6. Please note that the number of attendees is limited to 30 people. Once the registration limit has been reached, we aren’t able to add attendees to the list. We thank you for your understanding on this.

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