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

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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 Adachi area and apartments currently available in Adachi. The seminar will be held live online from 6PM to 7PM on October 6th (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: Adachi

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

Primarily a residential area located in the northern reaches of Tokyo, Adachi ranks as one of the least expensive wards with respect to average rent. It is considered one of Tokyo’s shitamachi (“lower city”) districts, a part of the city where commoner culture flourished from the early Edo period until the second world war. To this day, shitamachi neighborhoods are dotted throughout Adachi ward, offering a more traditional and laid back vibe compared to Tokyo’s glitzy central districts.

Adachi does have a modern side! Kitasenju, Adachi’s main commercial area, is a well-developed and busy neighborhood with department stores and vibrant nightlife. It is also also a major commuter hub in northeastern Tokyo, offering direct access to central Tokyo neighborhoods like Hibiya, Omotesando, and Yoyogi; and connections north to Saitama through JR lines.

Adachi ward offers excellent value in the cost-of-living versus location calculus and is thus very popular with office workers and students who want to stretch their budget.

Marui department store at Kita Senju Station. Please click on the photo to visit the Adachi Ward area guide.

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.