| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Getting an apartment in Japan! アパート探し!

J: Hey guys!
R: Hi! J: It’s moving season in Japan and we’re moving!
R: Yay! J: I know it’s really hard for you guys to
read my emotions but I’m very, very excited for this. And since we’re going through
all of this, we thought we’d tell you how you can look for apartments in Japan. R: Some of the things about looking for apartments are really different from how we do things in America, so we’re going to go over those parts, too. J: First of all, if you just want to look at apartments, you can use many different
websites. We used one called suumo.jp. It’s all in Japanese, but if you’re trying to
get an apartment on your own then you probably at least need to be able to understand enough
to use this website, maybe. How you can use it is search by area, and
you can select prefectures, and then any or all the cities inside that prefecture. So
for example, Aichi prefecture, and then I’ll just select this one city. R: This opens up a page with a bunch of apartments for rent in that city. You can adjust your
search for specific requirements on the side, like minimum and maximum price. Minimums can
be as low as maybe 20,000 yen a month, or very roughly $200. Those places are likely
to be places like one room apartments for university students. High end apartments can
be thousands of dollars. Apartments inside big cities will obviously be more expensive
and smaller than apartments outside the city, whereas apartments in more rural areas will
usually be a lot cheaper. Jun and I picked a reasonably priced apartment at 61,000 yen
a month, or about $610. There was also a room on the first floor a little cheaper at $580
a month. Top floors can often be more expensive because they have better views and they’re
less noisy. J: If you click on this, you can refine your
search even more, by selecting things like the type of material you want the building
to be made out of. I’d recommend “鉄筋” or “鉄骨” which is reinforced concrete.
This is the least likely type of building to collapse during a big earthquake, and well,
Japan is always going to have big earthquakes, so at least you can try to be prepared. You
can also select for things like places with parking lots, which will cost extra money
every month, or places that may allow pets, which will also likely cost more. R: It was really important to me and Jun to find a place that allowed us to have pets. However, those aren’t very common so this reduced the number of apartments available
to us by like ten times, and of those apartments that allow pets, a lot of those actually only
allow dogs and not cats, since cats can be more smelly-
J: Or scratch walls. R: Yeah, they can mess up the apartments a
little bit more. And a lot of apartments that allow pets are usually more run down and they’re
not as nice looking. J: Yeah, not at all.
R: You have to pay a lot of extra money. But you can sometimes find special pet apartments where they specifically built that apartment for people with pets. So like outside they’ll have a little shed that’s specifically for washing your pet. J: I was really surprised. I’ve never seen something like that before. R: We looked at one that had little cat doors on all of the doors in the apartment, which
was really cute. J: Once you find an apartment you like, you
have to do something that I think is different from your country. Here, all apartments go
through a middle man, which is a real estate office. You can’t just contact the owner
unless you know the owner. So, if you find an apartment you like, you go to that real
estate office, you talk to them, and they will take care of everything for you. They will even drive you to the apartment you like so you can look at it, too. R: Yeah, and they’ll do things like serve you tea and they will help you look for other
apartments and stuff, but the kicker is that you’re paying for all this. And you’re paying a lot. It typically costs one month’s worth of rent, maybe a little bit more, that you have to pay to the real estate office for their “help.” Even if they don’t
do anything, like if you pick out your apartment on your own online and all you do is go to
their office and sign the paper, you still have to pay them hundreds of dollars. I was so shocked when I found this out. I was really upset. I was like, I don’t want
their help if I have to pay them $600! I don’t need that! I can do it myself! J: Something else you have to keep in mind is that there are a lot of different real estate companies, but not every apartment is connected to all of them. So if you find two different apartments online that you’d like to visit, but they’re both through different companies, then you have to go to each office separately to have them drive
you to their apartment. But don’t worry, you don’t pay them anything unless you get
an apartment. R: And also, this is one area of Japan where
you are fairly likely to run into some problems as a foreigner. There are a decent number
of apartment owners who will not rent to foreigners at all. They have reasons for this like the
language barrier, or they’ve had foreign tenants in the past who caused problems, or
like they left the country without paying all of their rent, or messing up the apartments
and stuff. It was a little easier for me to find an apartment because I had Jun. So he could take care of everything for us, it wasn’t just me looking for an apartment by myself. But even still, when we were applying for our apartment, our real estate agent still
had to call the owner, and he was like, “By the way, the wife is a foreigner… But she’s spent a lot of time in Japan and she speaks Japanese!” And he made this call when I
was sitting right in front of him. It made me feel really bad about myself. J: Yeah, I’m sorry. Fees for moving into apartments here also kind of suck a lot. Sometimes you have to pay something called key money to the owner of the apartment you’re moving into, which
is equal to one or two months of rent. And you don’t get that money back. It’s like
a monetary gift. R: And there could also be things like cleaning
fees, renovation fees, insurance fees, fees for changing the locks, or very frequently
a security deposit. And the security deposit is something that would be equal to 1 to 3
months’ worth of rent. But it’s different from America in that you don’t automatically
get all of it back if you don’t damage the apartment. Apparently here in Japan you get
less of it back the longer you stay in your apartment. And very frequently if you want
to own a pet, you have to pay additional key money or security deposits. We paid an extra
$1,800 just for the right to own a pet. J: 3 months’ worth of rent.
R: Yeah, 3 months’ worth of rent. Many apartments also require you to have a guarantor, who
is someone who’s going to pay for rent or something in case something happens to you
and you can’t pay for it yourself. But a lot of apartments these days don’t let you
just go get a signature from your dad or a relative anymore. You actually have to go
through a guarantor company, which is a company that will do that service for you. You just
have to pay them extra money. Usually something like half a month’s worth of rent. And…
J: It’s not going to end. R: When you’re looking at rent, that main
number usually isn’t the final number, either. There’s also often something like a monthly
common areas service fee or sometimes other things as well. J: So for us, just to move into our apartment, it cost us about $4,000, even though our rent
is $600. And even if we didn’t get an apartment where pets are allowed, we would still have
to pay about $2,000 or something. R: But keep in mind that all of these fees
and even rent can be negotiable, so a good real estate agent will try to talk the owner
down on some of those things. For example, we got our first month of rent free. And even then it was still $4,000. J: Yeah, so these fees and everything can
make moving to a new place less exciting. R: Pain.
J: But we need a cat! R: Anyway, this is all of the basic information
you should need to know to get an apartment in Japan. I hope this was helpful for you
guys! J: Thanks for watching.
R: Bye!



May 5, 2016, 2:07 pm Reply

How does the guarantor company work? Is it a one time fee? Or do you continually pay every year?


Jun 6, 2016, 7:35 pm Reply

Very informative video. I've been told that I should live there, but I don't think so. It's one thing to visit, but to actually live there is an entirely different story. Thanks for sharing!

Black Rock Abi

Jun 6, 2016, 8:48 pm Reply

Can't you just by a house instead of rent it


Jun 6, 2016, 2:01 am Reply

try to sign a longer term lease so don't have to pay the upfront fees again so soon …

Berfin Deniz

Aug 8, 2016, 4:06 pm Reply

Boo such a pain in the ass!

Berfin Deniz

Aug 8, 2016, 4:12 pm Reply

I live in turkey and things about rent are pretty much the same as you guys told about japan rent system. We pay one months rent to the real estate agency and if you wanna live in a security blocks of house (i dont know the english word for it but we call it "site") we pay like 300 or 400 turkish liras for nothing actually. We also pay for hot water and stuff. But still, it's not that hard. And you dont need to get permission about pets in here as long as they dont make disturbing noises. So i kinda understand you guys. Happy new apartment guys!!!

Chris Castaneda

Aug 8, 2016, 9:04 pm Reply


Chris Castaneda

Aug 8, 2016, 9:06 pm Reply

i see why there are barely any pets in japapn…..at least from what ive seen from shows ect


Sep 9, 2016, 5:34 pm Reply


Lydia Wilsey

Oct 10, 2016, 5:09 am Reply

'But we need a cat' Jun you sound like my family looking for a new place here in the U.S. we have two cats and a big old dog.


Nov 11, 2016, 3:00 am Reply

"but we get a cat", dear rachel: oh god, that comment jun made at the end of the video….just by that comment alone you know you made a great decision by marrying jun, here in my country people dont really care much about their pets and sometimes getting married involves giving away your cats/dogs, so let me go and cry at how cute you guys are together


Dec 12, 2016, 4:36 am Reply

I am Japanese but I didn't even know this. I don't wanna move.

Molly Barist

Dec 12, 2016, 6:27 pm Reply

Going through a real estate company in the US to find a rental often has similar fees. I was looking through a real estate office any place I looked at required first month and last months rent plus another month's rent as a fee to the realtor.

Katherine Vowell

Jan 1, 2017, 1:53 am Reply

Why don't you buy a house? Are they hard to get, too?

The Moody Red

Jan 1, 2017, 8:28 am Reply

"But we need a cat"..

OMG me too.. but I can't hahahahah

jeez. now I think it'll be harder for me to find a place to live when me and my son get there. 🙁 I'm a bit discouraged..

Kat Howard

Mar 3, 2017, 1:50 am Reply

Everyone in General: "Japan is so expensive"
Rachel: "Our rent is like 600 a month"
Be me. Pay 2,000 USD (228404 yen) per month just on rent and an additional 300 USD for electricity and cable/Internet.

Lol. Funny. You guys are funny.

Kat Howard

Mar 3, 2017, 1:59 am Reply

lol going through the fees like "yep- except mine was twice that"

First month's rent was actually first and last month's rent, so one month is 2000, so I had to pay 4,000 for the first month. Then I had to pay 300 dollars for the keys, one hundred for the mailbox key, one hundred for the workroom keys, 500 dollar deposit, guarantor keys, 600 dollars for one year of insurance, and then every month I pay an additional hundred bucks to have a garage. Then of course there is the 180 dollar electric bill every month and the 130 dollar cable/Internet bill.
That's just renting. Buying a house where I live is 2.8 million dollars usually for a three bedroom house.

America can be expensive too guys.
America can actually be three times as expensive than Japan…. I guarantee you my apartment is the same size or smaller than theirs too… but I pay three times their rent.

Kate Gold

Mar 3, 2017, 12:14 am Reply

haha, "but we need a cat"

Amy Huang

Mar 3, 2017, 5:43 am Reply

Sounds a lot like renting in NYC!

x yuki

Apr 4, 2017, 6:23 pm Reply

ok fuck japan I just will stay where I am


Apr 4, 2017, 7:47 pm Reply

Jun! Personnellement je n'es jamais trouvé de problèmes particuliers dans ton comportement , je te trouve au contraire très doué pour la communication et vraiment sympathique! Rachel et Jun merci d'apporter à chaque fois le meilleur de vous-mêmes! A mon avis, je pense que le total de 4000 dollars est exagéré, car il ne correspond pas à la réalité car toutes les sommes ne sont pas ajouté systématiquement à chaque location. certaines sommes ne sont demandées qu' en cas de dégradations, les prix correspondent aux mêmes qu'en France! Bonjour à tous les fans des aventures de Rachel et Jun!!!

M Okamoto

May 5, 2017, 1:31 pm Reply


Dorottya Kácser-Varga

May 5, 2017, 5:21 pm Reply

In Hungary when you get a new apartment, you need to pay 1 month of rent beforehand plus 3 months of security deposit, plus 1 month worth of rent for renovation (which you need to do yourself most of the time). You need to clean and furnish it yourself most of the time, and even buy the machines for it (like a fridge and a washing machine). Prices are reaaally high altough most people are poor (a normal salary/month is ~530 euros per month), and the rent for a small apartment (32 m^2 in my case) costs 360-400 dollars plus monthly fees.


Jun 6, 2017, 3:20 am Reply

Need this because I am adult now and I need to leave my parents alone xD

Fictional Chaos

Jun 6, 2017, 9:17 am Reply

At least I know the average amount of money I need to save up front an apartment now so I can start budgeting my money for when I move to Japan in a few years


Jun 6, 2017, 2:20 pm Reply

God! Here in the US I paid $1900 move for a 1850sqft, 3 story, 4 bedroom house for $975/mo!

Hitomi Androskaut-Hutzell

Jun 6, 2017, 3:37 pm Reply

Third party agents are used in Boston, MA, Chicago, IL and NYC, NY. Pet policies and fees are similar in these cities.Actually, most of these fees are familiar in bigger cities in America. It is not uncommon to pay a lot before moving into apartments in these cities.


Jun 6, 2017, 9:37 pm Reply

Love Rachel's faces when they talk about the total cost hahaha…

Does that make me a bad person?

drew ,

Jun 6, 2017, 7:58 am Reply



Jun 6, 2017, 3:23 pm Reply

I saw you guys live at Animazement, North Carolina, USA last May and loved you guys! Some of the questions the crowd asked was a bit cringy, like a Jun body pillow haha. I never asked any questions, was a bit shy, but I was the guy you walked past on the way to your panel that asked the dumb question to a random guy, "Where is the Rachel and Jun panel" lol.


Jun 6, 2017, 10:18 am Reply

This video reminds me of last time I wanted to move to another apartment, and I found one that I really liked. So we called the owner and he said ok by the beginning, but later he just suddenly changed his mind and refused me simply because I'm a Chinese lol ちょっとビビったw

Ashley M

Jun 6, 2017, 6:52 am Reply

Holy molly


Jul 7, 2017, 6:21 pm Reply

I was stationed in Japan for more than 10 years and have lived on the economy for a few months in between duty stations.
I know how the fees go but I was lucky as the on base housing did most of the work for me.  It is Japan after all and in order to fully enjoy the culture, I learned I have had to adapt.  All in all, it was an awesome 10 years……

A Person

Jul 7, 2017, 2:51 am Reply

average video title: "doing something something………IN JAPAN!" Lmao

hesha mike

Jul 7, 2017, 5:00 pm Reply

teach us some japanese phrases that show , i want to rent a house?

Winona Louise Erive

Jul 7, 2017, 4:49 pm Reply

Hi Rachel and Jun!

I do hope you reply. I am in need of help. I might move to Nagoya soon and I'm still a bit lost about finding an apartment in Japan especially since I'm going to be a foreigner (I'm from the Philippines) 🙁 Do you have any tips for foreigners?


Jul 7, 2017, 3:29 am Reply

its can be around $3,000 for an apartment were I live in LA so count your blessings.

Tracy R

Jul 7, 2017, 4:51 pm Reply

so many fees. that cat is quite expensive for you. I think a child is almost cheaper 🙂

Angela Edwards

Jul 7, 2017, 4:06 am Reply

What if your animals aren't "pets"? Our two dogs are Medical Service animals for my disabled husband. Does that make a difference in Japan??


Jul 7, 2017, 11:48 am Reply

Wow, kind of not wanting to live in Japan now xD


Aug 8, 2017, 1:32 am Reply

Which is exactly why you should buy a house. $4000 is a lot of money to loss per month. At least if you are paying that in mortgage it will eventually be yours permanently and you wont have to pay anymore.

Melory Grey

Aug 8, 2017, 8:28 pm Reply

wtf ?…

Shyanne Henderson

Aug 8, 2017, 3:57 am Reply



Aug 8, 2017, 9:54 pm Reply

Well know I'm more stressed about getting an apartment

Epic Nerd7

Aug 8, 2017, 10:45 pm Reply

what about owning a house? cause all these fees are scaring me.


Sep 9, 2017, 1:15 am Reply

Total: A bazillion dollars (¯―¯٥)

Goddy Beast

Sep 9, 2017, 8:21 pm Reply

is Suumo apartments can be rent to foreighn students? The site is all on japanese so they may not even talk to u. But there are like 50% cheaper apartments than on the sites with english language…

Chan Huy

Sep 9, 2017, 12:26 pm Reply

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! she was a MILITARY pilot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. i thought u were some kind of designer or thing that related to fashion.


Sep 9, 2017, 2:33 am Reply

why dont you just dont tell them you have cats. then you could just vacuum all the fur and fix all the damage perfectly before you move again

Nama Japan

Oct 10, 2017, 4:24 pm Reply

Funny video! I'm planning to do a video about Japanese apartments soon, you guys are an inspiration!

Moo moof

Nov 11, 2017, 4:50 pm Reply

They seem to adopt that whole you pay to have pets in your apartment thing in america too
i have to 200 dollars for my one pet i am allowed to have …do you have to pay an additional 1000 dollars if you add another pet afterwards?

Darshana Pawar

Nov 11, 2017, 10:49 am Reply

1:25 Where can I watch the house tour??

Alexa Solis

Dec 12, 2017, 7:08 pm Reply

That, "but we need a cat!" Hahahaha


Dec 12, 2017, 4:01 am Reply

Thank you so much for this video! I'm moving to Japan next year and this video is really helpful! Looking forward to more videos like these!!


Dec 12, 2017, 5:57 am Reply

Since when are cats messier and smellier then dogs??? You take a dog out of the bath and they already stink again.

Kitty Reyes

Jan 1, 2018, 9:59 pm Reply

…well I'm going to need five thousand dollars out of my savings…not including everything else…better start saving! uncontrollably sobbing

Joshua Stender

Jan 1, 2018, 2:03 am Reply

Wtf the lighting

Amanda Smith

Jan 1, 2018, 2:22 am Reply

Question about Japanese apartments: Why do the kitchens have a storage space in the floor?

Logan McConnell

Jan 1, 2018, 8:47 pm Reply

Is renting an house a thing there?


Feb 2, 2018, 1:37 am Reply

Man thanks guy for the tutorial I'm from America and I really want to live in Japan I feel lime that is my home

Aubrey Stapp

Mar 3, 2018, 4:15 pm Reply

Can you rent places more short term? Where I've lived, I feel like you usually have to sign at one year contract, is it the same way in Japan? Anyone know?


Mar 3, 2018, 8:10 am Reply

Omg that's wow. Well i knew it would be pricier via research but gosh! Lol. My moving plans will be pushed back for awhile more. The rent i understand but those fees killed my spirit a bit lol

Just a bit though. Thanks for the info it'll help lots. Gonna save as much as possible.


Apr 4, 2018, 12:04 pm Reply

So, the rent can be astoundingly cheap, but then there's allllllll thaaaaaat mess of nope. D=


Apr 4, 2018, 12:33 pm Reply

0:55–1:02 "Minimums can be as low as maby 20.000 yen a month or very roughly 200$" What? XD

Funn zonee

Jun 6, 2018, 5:21 am Reply

Do I have pay per month 20000 yen ????

Pyroman /

Jun 6, 2018, 3:31 pm Reply

Ìn big city's in Canada you have to get brokers to usally to find one some buildings have offices contracted


Jul 7, 2018, 6:51 pm Reply

At first I was like 610 is cheap, then you hit me with move-in fees.

Mridu Bharti

Jul 7, 2018, 12:17 am Reply

I can understand ur feeling but my feelings is more hard i have to wait 10 years more to visit and settle there do u understand lucky uuuu ?????

Mridu Bharti

Jul 7, 2018, 12:28 am Reply

Okay now I got much more bigger shock how can Japan be this expensive my dad never gonna give me that much money for sure ???????????? whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy


Jul 7, 2018, 9:27 pm Reply

couldnt Gaijinpot be a good place to look for an apartment aswell?


Jul 7, 2018, 10:14 pm Reply

I Live in Toronto, Ontario and its a large city for Canada, we have a lot of the same fees and standards for apartments here as well. People also hate renting to students (understandably).

Amanda H

Jul 7, 2018, 10:12 pm Reply

??this is crazy! No wonder people in anime are always talking about working more to pay rent!

Khaltzane Caisirce

Jul 7, 2018, 3:47 pm Reply

Reminds me of renting in Australia. 2-4x rent upfront plus another 4x rent security deposit.


Aug 8, 2018, 2:28 am Reply

Poor Rachel, she looked so defeated.

matias ariel

Aug 8, 2018, 12:49 pm Reply

Whoa that's crazy bill for rent new apartment?


Aug 8, 2018, 11:05 am Reply

Wooow, those prices are crazy.

Lara Webb

Aug 8, 2018, 10:34 am Reply

wow in Sydney Australia for a 1 bed room apartment can cost u around $200-$400 a WEEK
depending on the area or the look of it
1,000 dollars a month doesn't sound so bad right now
but the plan ticket does lol

Nahhh just finished the video everywhere is tooo expensive im just gonna go and stay in my room and sleep

Tina Schlobohm

Aug 8, 2018, 6:31 pm Reply

Soon….the whole WORLD will be homeless. I thought NYC landlords were greedy. Goodness GRACIOUS!

Valeria A

Sep 9, 2018, 8:08 pm Reply

My braces were $5000 ??‍♀️


Sep 9, 2018, 11:52 am Reply

paying less rent than me and i live with my grandmother :"D t.t I'm moving to japan.

Bhum Brahmavira

Sep 9, 2018, 9:06 pm Reply

Just to move in an apartment costs more than my entire yearly salary.

Eshal Vadakkan

Oct 10, 2018, 4:49 pm Reply

rachel's face at 7:20 tho ?
also, who else is watching this in 2018?!?!


Oct 10, 2018, 7:49 pm Reply

200$! holy crap that a steel even if small. where i ,ive that same size apartment would be like 900$.

Annie Jane

Nov 11, 2018, 2:01 am Reply

As I’m watching this:
“Oh that’s not so bad. We have deposits that can be 2-3x the cost of rent. And administrative fees. And pet deposits and additional monthly pet rent.
but not… cleaning costs? Before you move in? Realtor costs? Guarantor companies???? Sheeeeeeeeit.”

I also live in a small college town between the Canadian border and a very large city, and I just rented a 1br for $1200. I downsized from a 2br that was $2500.
So…. apparently housing just sucks everywhere.


Nov 11, 2018, 6:08 am Reply

THIS. IS. INSANE. I used to want to go, but… Now, if I do I feel like it'll take me 7 years to just save up enough bloody money!


Dec 12, 2018, 7:23 pm Reply

600$… that's 100€ short of my salary. O_O

american dream

Jan 1, 2019, 12:40 pm Reply

Japan is crazy country I mean we have to pay money nothing.


Jan 1, 2019, 5:10 am Reply

Just for key $200 wtf. And all thoes fees omg. How crazy is that these companies have all set up already. I was considering japan to live not any more for now haha.


Jan 1, 2019, 6:30 am Reply

So the real deal is marry a Japanese and youll be fine lol
Sounds like here in Australia we have to pay for everything when you go through a real estate

Dne Tne

Feb 2, 2019, 9:21 pm Reply

When your job gives you 2ooo$ but your apartment costs 9ooo$ a month lmao..

Madhura Sarkar

Feb 2, 2019, 7:08 am Reply

what about buying an appartment or a house…….like buying a flat in other places….does that include the extra money too except the real estate office ? If we buy a house surely we should be able to keep pets in our house

alus nova

Apr 4, 2019, 9:30 pm Reply

God!!!! I’ll just go into the mountains and build a small house!!!!!
Or take over CAT ISLAND!!!!!!!

Tifany Aprilia

May 5, 2019, 12:46 pm Reply

With jun's hair like this he looks like Dr pryce from hermlock grove…

Denver Bajio

May 5, 2019, 5:40 am Reply

I couldn't understand sh1t when u showed us the website

Dottie Dot

Jun 6, 2019, 7:25 am Reply

How come dog is more allowed more than cat? Arent dog more destructive and more smelly?

ShyChy Hope

Jun 6, 2019, 5:11 pm Reply

I think my brain is fried. . . Who the heck has that kind of money


Jul 7, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

"gift money"? lmao really?

Christina Phan

Jul 7, 2019, 11:25 pm Reply

Rachel: "Our apartment costs $600 a month"

Me: Damn, I'm gonna move to the promised land in the next 3 years (Im a freakin broke student rn)

5 mins later…

Me: Okay… Canada is the best~

koala candy

Jul 7, 2019, 2:36 am Reply

So if most apartments don't allow pets, will they allow pet fish. I love beta and would love to have one in my apartment. Sorry if this is a stupid question. Arigato!


Aug 8, 2019, 10:05 am Reply

Time to buy! Lol that’s a lot of fees!! ?

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