Finding Housing in Japan
Finding suitable accommodation in Japan can be a challenge. However it is possible to walk into a fully-furnished apartment for a stay as short as 1 month or much longer without having to pay upfront fees.
Most people considering staying a while in Japan will by now have read horror stories of exorbitant key/gift/agency money. That world still exists but your options are no longer limited. Thankfully you can find accommodation that includes the cost of monthly utilities such as water & electricity. Allowing you to pay a fixed monthly fee that covers all once a month.
Option 1: House Sharing
Simply pack your bag and arrive in Japan. Furniture, appliances, a bed and running water will all be waiting for you should you choose this option. Options range from single rooms to shared rooms for 2, from dorms to compartments & even full-sized apartments. As foreigners make up more than 50% of the “shared room” population you’ll likely find some people in the same situation as you. It also leaves open the option to meet Japanese friends.
With shared kitchen space & living area shared housing offers a social environment that’s hard to replicate in traditional housing. One such company that specialises in shared accommodation is Oakhouse. Register as a member using this link will even reduce your rent by 10,000 yen!
Option 2: Social Residence
The social residence phenomenon makes great apartments affordable. Very similar to shared housing these living spaces actively encourage co-residents to socialise- and share. Residences in Japan often come with theater rooms, music studios and even shared baths (!). If you want to work from home then an apartment with a co-joined co-working space is an affordable option. Reduce your work commute time to 0 mins!
Option 3: Apartments
An apartment must seem positively boring after reading the above. But you get your privacy this way 😉 Oakhouse provide fully-furnished apartments for a monthly fee inclusive of utility fees. You can stay as long as you want or as short as 1 month. The option even exists to pay for everything in advance of arrival in Japan.
To register your interest & get 10,000 yen off your rental fee click HERE! Happy House Hunting!
Author: Declan Somers
Thanks to the people of Japan and the efforts of a UK-based telecoms company Mobell/Mobal am happy to assist in providing a hot school meal daily for kids in Malawi, Africa through a Japanese registered NGO- Seibo.
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