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Which accommodation options in Japan exist?

The accommodations we offer in Japan, which you can book directly through us, include:

Our sharehouse in Tokyo (shared rooms and twin rooms)
The sharehouse managed by us in Warabi (shared rooms, twin rooms)
Our sharehouse in Kyoto (shared rooms and twin rooms)
Our sharehouse in Chatan, Okinawa (shared rooms and twin rooms)
Host families in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Greater Osaka/Kyoto area

You can easily book these directly through us, and we offer competitive rental prices. The minimum rental period is always 5 weeks in the sharehouses for legal reasons. The minimum rental period for host families is one week.

We also have sharehouse partners where you get preferential rates, offering single, twin, and shared rooms in Warabi, Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Osaka.

In urban areas, sharehouses are the only realistic form of accommodation at prices that most participants are willing to pay. They function like shared apartments. Some sharehouses are the size of typical single-family homes shared by 5-10 people, while others were previously company employee residences with 20-60 rooms. Not only foreigners stay at sharehouses but also young Japanese, making them a great place for cultural exchange.

It is not easy for a foreigner with a Working Holiday Visa to rent a regular apartment. Most landlords are unwilling to rent to individuals who don't have a permanent work contract, and unfortunately, many don't rent to foreigners at all. Additionally, most apartments come unfurnished, and you have to pay relatively high move-in fees and real estate agent fees, making it expensive for a relatively short rental duration.

However, there is a category of apartments called "Foreigner Friendly Apartments" offered by agencies that can communicate in English. These apartments are fully furnished, and shorter rental durations are possible. You can search, for instance, for "Foreigner Friendly Apartments in Tokyo" to find such agencies.

Updated on: 01/01/2024