Let’s talk about trying to hunt for an apartment in Japan. I want to talk to you about what website to go to, the recommendation of some website that you can check. So it’s all about apartment hunting in Japan.
If you’re going to be arriving in Japan for the first time I would recommend for you to go for a share house. This is less stressful for you and it’s just really a lot less hassle. Seeing as you don’t really know much about Japan yet and you’re not really ready to dive into looking for an apartment so a share a house would be a great stepping stone for you. A share a house you don’t have to have a contract for a long period of time it’s only a certain time and you can inform the landlord straight away but in a few months that you want to move out. Some shared house will include all the bills, but a lot of shared house here will not include it so you have to pay separately for the bills, but you can easily find a shared house that includes all of the bills and cheaply.
Shared House: Female only: http://www.tokyoroomfinder.com/view/guest-house/tabata-crib-female-only-house-
Male and Female: http://www.tokyoroomfinder.com/view/guest-house/nippori-crib
Sumo is one of the best apartment hunting website that I could recommend, it have the most information on all of the agency and they have a lot of houses that you can search for. You can do a lot on this website the only downside to it is that it’s all in Japanese, but you should be able to use Google to translate the page. Also, some Landlord doesn’t want to rent their apartment to foreigners. Leopalace21 is also a very good agency for you to go to if you don’t want to waste too much time and all of the people in this agency would be able to speak English and this agency is made for accommodating foreigners. Unfortunately, the accommodation in this agency is quite small and the price itself is quite expensive compared to the unfurnished apartment the good thing about this is that the apartment would be furnish so you don’t have to buy any furniture at all. They also provide just a monthly contract even a short term contract that is six months long. Suumo- http://suumo.jp/chintai/ Leopalace21- http://en.leopalace21.com/
UR apartment is one other agency that I would recommend seeing as this agency is provided by the government. All the houses are provided by the government so foreigners are welcome to rent the apartment. However a lot of the apartment are not available and a lot of them are not in a certain area within Tokyo. I know that some of the apartment can be old, the apartment itself is still great. I find that the prices sometimes fluctuate from being very pricey to being very cheap depending on the area that you look at. A lot of the apartment is quite big especially if you’re looking for a two bedroom apartment upwards. Now the downside is that the website will all be in Japanese, but they do have a website called Whitestone that is in English and the person who shows you around will be able to speak English. You need your company to send you all the details about your contract and your income will be evaluated, to rent a the certain apartment. The prices of the apartment monthly you can only allow to rent it if you have enough income for that apartment renting. UR- http://www.ur-net.go.jp/sumai/ WhiteStone- http://www.ur-housing.com/
Craigslist I recommend for you to go and check it out. I note that in the US and in the UK Craigslist is not so trustworthy. But here in Japan Craigslist is legit, there is no scam going on. And the good thing about this is that it’s all in English you can check all the accommodation out on there. Craigslist- http://tokyo.craigslist.jp/