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 the Setagaya area and apartments currently available in Setagaya. The seminar will be held live online from 6PM to 7PM on October 20th (JST).

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    Real Estate Japan
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    6:00 pm
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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: Setagaya

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

Setagaya Ward has the largest population and second largest area of Tokyo’s 23 special wards and is known primarily among foreigners as being home to upscale  residential areas that are within easy commuting distance to Shinjuku and Shibuya. Being located on the southwestern corner of the city and separated by the Tama River from Kanagawa prefecture, Setagaya geographically and symbolically separates suburban western Tokyo from the city center.

This area of Tokyo enjoys a reputation for being home to quiet, calm and upscale residential neighborhoods. Many families live in Setagaya for the high-standard of living combined with the relatively easy commute to downtown business districts.

While a good portion of the residential housing consists of free-standing homes, there is a selection of high-rise apartment buildings near some of the larger stations.

Shimo-kitazawa is one of Setagaya’s most well-known neighborhoods. It is a popular residential choice for people drawn to the hipster vibe and its many vintage clothing stores, cafes, and live music venues. Photo: iStock

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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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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