Accommodation in Japan

Accommodation in Japan, enjoy living.

Living and finding accommodation in Japan can be a challenging task for first-time visitors. Don’t know where to start?

Here it explains how to choose which accommodation type in steps.

  • Living and housing environment in Japan
  • Questions you want to ask when choosing accommodation in Japan
  • Types of accommodation
  • Ways to find accommodation in Japan

Living and housing environment in Japan


Japan is an island with five mainlands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and Okinawa. Tokyo is in Honshu, the largest land in Japan.

Due to the nature of the islands, the big cities are built in a large valley between the mountains. When you travel out of Tokyo by train, you will start to see the mountains and beautiful nature in an hour.

As Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the number of population is also the largest. For these reasons, Tokyo is concentrated with office buildings and residential houses and are built closely to each other. Hence, the space to build houses is limited. This factor contributes to the price of accommodation in Tokyo.


Each big cities have many transport links and very easy to get to other cities or towns. Frequent on-time trains are the most used transportation in Japan. Convenient and makes living so much easier. Most Japanese commute by public transport to schools and work. Many commutes into Tokyo from the suburbs, taking average an hour each way. To get around in town, using bicycles are convenient and economical.


Japan is generally a very safe country to live in as a whole. If you ever drop your purse in the street, report the incident to the nearest police station. Mini police stations, Koban are in every town. You are most likely to find the purse there with everything intact. As time changed, the social attitude of people changed, but fundamentally, Japan is still one of the safest countries in the world.


Each town is divided into smaller zones, and each of those zones forms a community. Each maintains neighbourhood safety and the surrounding environment. They also clean the allocated rubbish disposal areas in turn. So there are disposal regulations every community follows. Rules also apply to international students.

Towns host festivals celebrating its traditions. International students are also invited to the festivals and participate in Mikoshi parade. Japanese street food, Taiko performance and so much fun you cannot miss!

Integrate and live within the community is a way to learn the traditions and culture of Japan.

Questions you want to ask when choosing accommodation in Japan

As mentioned in “Living cost in Japan”, housing prices are rather stable. Rent is normally maintained for a number of years, rarely see the price increase at every renewal. The facilities are also maintained to good condition in almost every accommodations.

Not only the price but also a good studying environment is an essential factor to consider.  The questions most students will be asking when choosing the accommodation are:

  • What types of accommodation are there in Japan?
  • How far is to school?
  • What type of rooms are there?
  • Do I have privacy?
  • What facilities does each room have?
  • Are there any meals included?
  • How much is the rent?
  • Do I need to pay for the utilities on top of the rent?
  • How safe is the accommodation in Japan?

With these questions in mind, let’s see in which type of accommodation you would like.

Types of accommodation

1. Students Hall of residence

Accommodation in Japan - Student hall of residence

The residences are for all the students studying at that school. They are located either within walking distance or 30 minutes train commuting distance.  Schools with halls of residence are very limited in Japan and are very popular with the students.

The residence is divided between men and women by floors. Ladies only residences are also available. You can either choose to share or have your own room. The kitchens and bathrooms are shared among students. Ensuite rooms are also available in some residences.

      Single, Twin, Triple, Dormitory    

     Bed with Mattress, Desk and Chair, Closet, Shelves, Air Condition, Fridge

     Shared Lounge, Kitchen, Bathroom, Toilet, Washing Machine


      Autolock door with a key. House managers and onsite security. CCTV.

Term: Minimum of 3 months contract.

Rent: The price per month includes utilities and wifi.

Tokyo Kyoto Nagano Okinawa
¥ ¥ ¥ ¥
53,000 ~ 121,000 80,000 ~ 112,000 62,000 ~ 95,000 35,000 ~ 87,000

2. Homestay

Accommodation in Japan - Homestay with a Japanese family

The student will be living with a Japanese family and live as part of the family. You can learn Japanese culture and experience the Japanese way of living. You will be able to communicate with the family in English, so you will not at all feel isolated.

You will have your own room and share a dining/sitting room, bathroom with the family. You can choose to have Breakfast and Dinner or Breakfast only. There are plenty of opportunities to taste the real Japanese homemade cuisines.


     Bed with Bedding, Desk and Chair, Closet, Air Condition

     Shared Dining/Sitting room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Toilet, Washing Machine

      Breakfast and Dinner or Breakfast only

      Autolock door with a key. The family is your primary contact 24/7.

Term: Maximum of 12 weeks.

Rent: The price per 4 weeks includes utilities and wifi.

  Tokyo Kyoto Nagano Fukuoka Hokkaido
   ¥  ¥  ¥  ¥  ¥
Breakfast only 114,800 114,800 60,000
Breakfast + Dinner 81,000 ~ 148,500 81,000 ~ 143,100 143,100 76,800 81,000

  Tip: A great experience for both young and mature students.

3. Shared House

Accommodation in Japan - Shared houses

The house is shared by Japanese and International students and professional people. A great environment for making friends with people from various backgrounds.

You will have your own room. The bathrooms and toilets are allocated to each floor. The facilities are provided, so all you need is to move in and start the living.


     Bed with Mattress, Desk and Chair, Closet, Air Condition, Fridge, TV, Allocated shoe shelf and Kitchen shelf

     Shared Lounge, Kitchen, Bathroom, Toilet, Washing Machine


      Code entry. House managers visit by rotation. CCTV.

Rent: The price per month includes utilities and wifi.

Tokyo Kyoto Nagano Fukuoka Hokkaido
¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥
55,000~ 43,000 ~ 40,800~ 42,000 ~

  Tip: The further away from the city centre, the cheaper the rent is.

4. Serviced Apartment

It is a fully furnished studio with fitted kitchen, and you will have total privacy. Located in the city centre, so that restaurants, shops and transport links are within walking distance. With just your suitcase, move in and start living.

      Single Ensuite with Mini Kitchen 

     Bed with Bedding, Desk and Chair, Closet, Air Condition, Cookware, Tableware, Microwave, TV

     Shared Washing Machine


      Autolock door with intercom. The service provider is your main contact 24/7.

Starting from ¥25,000 per week inc Electricity, Gas, Water, WiFi

  Tip:  There are serviced apartments advertised on worldwide online accommodation services. However, you may find that there are more apartments advertised on Japanese accommodation providers. Therefore, it is advisable to book through those accommodation providers in Japan. 

5. Private Apartment

Accommodation in Japan - Studio apartment

The apartment is an unfurnished studio, and you will have total privacy. Unfurnished means that you will need to provide your own furnishings such as bed and furniture.  You will also need electrical appliances such as Gas/HI cooker, fridge, washing machine, AC and TV.

      Single Ensuite with Kitchen 

     May have Air Condition

     No sharing


      Autolock door with intercom. The estate agent/landlord is your main contact 24/7.

Starting from approx ¥60,000 per month.


1. Many Japanese students live in an unfurnished studio. So looking around the University town is the way to find one at a reasonable price.

2. The further away from big cities and the station, the cheaper the rent is. It may be cheaper to rent a bigger apartment with your friends to share the cost.

3. Electrical appliances and furniture can be purchased at second-hand shops. Japanese students often give away used items at the end of their studies. Items are usually in good condition and are sold at a reduced price.

6. Hostels

Hostels are economical and pleasant accommodation for a short budgeted stay. There are many hostels across Japan.

This hostel is conveniently located in central Tokyo, walking distance to Asakusa, Akihabara and many tourists sites. It has a 24-hour shared kitchen and a lounge where you can relax and have meals. 


The hostel is located right in Asakusa town. They serve a breakfast buffet and has a shared kitchen. It has a 24-hour cafe and lounge. Meet travellers and students from over the world.     

      Single, Double, Twin, Dormitory 

     Bed with Mattress, Air Condition

     Shared Lounge, Kitchen, Bathroom, Toilet, Washing Machine

      Available in some hostels.

      24/7 Concierge at the front desk.

Ways to find accommodation in Japan

Student Hall of residence

Pathway Japan will provide you with the lists of school residence. From the list, choose the location and room type. Pathway Japan will then prepare your application form and submit it to the school.


Pathway Japan will prepare your accommodation application form and submit it to the school. The school will then find a suitable family for the course period.

Shared House, Serviced apartment

Pathway Japan is in partnership with accommodation providers. Once you have enrolled in the course, you will be referred to the following companies who can find accommodation that suits your needs.

1. BeGood Japan

The company specialises in shared houses in Tokyo. Their properties vary from cosy smaller homes to a medium-sized building with up to 54 rooms.

Minimum contract is six months. Therefore, it is suitable for those studying longer-term in Japan.

Pathway Japan will prepare and submit your application form. Through us, there is no deposit to pay. Usually, the deposit is one month of rent. So no deposit can make a significant saving in your initial cost of living in Japan.

2. Oakhouse

The company has various types of shared properties in Tokyo and other regions of Japan. Their budget properties feature from medium to large-sized social residence buildings. The company also maintains serviced apartments around Tokyo.

Both short and longer-term, rooms are rentable for your course period.

Registration through Pathway Japan, ¥10,000 points will be added to your Oakhouse account. It is a big bonus which will become useful for your first time living in Japan.

3. Sakura house

Shared houses, serviced apartments and hostels around Tokyo. There are shared houses with Tatami room if you would like to experience the Japanese style of living. Both short and longer-term, rooms are rentable for your course period.

Through Pathway Japan, an accommodation advisor will be appointed to you. Sakura organises occasional events where all international students can participate.

Students can also enjoy Okonomiyaki at their restaurant and evening out to their café & bar in central Tokyo.

4. For other regions of Japan

Pathway Japan will connect you to accommodation providers across Japan. By referral or direct booking, Pathway Japan will help you find you a home anywhere in Japan.

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