Apartment Japan is a unique website for rental residence search, online reservation and e-signature contract.

1. Various Properties, Conditions and Services are offered by real estate professionals

  • Apartment Japan offers various styles of rental properties on various conditions in order foreigners to rent easily.

    • Provided lease conditions are varied based on the length of the lease period. - as of monthly rent, initial cost, required documents etc.

    • Find the perfect rental property to suit your needs - We offer short term leases and long term leases, for single dwelling properties and family properties, furnished and un-furnished, plus other optional services.

  • Minimum lease term is 1 month. This is a great option to find a temporary home for foreign workers, exchange students, travelers, traveling workers, working holiday visitors, etc.

  • Based on concluding the lease agreement limited to residential use purpose.

  • The Property providers are professional landlords, management companies, or real estate companies etc.

  • Landlords may provide useful optional services. Please check property listings. for more details

2. Uncomplicated online reservation processes with E-signature

  • Some properties are available for online application, reservation, and contract on this website(properties marked


  • Online reservation system covers all processes of application and contracting for rent, as of

    • check the property avilability for the wishing lease period,

    • providing applicant's info and ID,

    • confirmation of lease contract articles,

    • E-signature,

    • payment of Application Deposit,

    • determine the date, time and location of key hand over etc.

    • declaration of not being a gang nor a member organized crime etc.

  • Online reservation is not available for individuals under the age of 18 do to the age of majority under Japanese law. If under 18 years of age, applicants will require parental authority. Please contact the property provider via our website.

  • Online reservation is not available for Japanese nationals. Please contact the property provider via our website.

Easy Steps to Find and Move-in

Step 1.Search

Search properties by your desired location, date, lease term, or no criteria

Step 2.Narrow-down

Narrow down by filters such as available date, price, size, companies of lender or agency, equipments, other services etc. to find your best one.

Step 3.Check the Details

Check the propety's details on the screen designed for easy understanding with listing of equipments, photos, video and 360degree photo. The lease conditions may differ by the length of the lease term, please chcek the conditions on your desired lease period.

Step 4.Set your terms

Set your wishing lease period and optional services to obtain an accurate quote

Step 5.Accurate Quote

Obtain accurate quote to move-in and check the payment schedule

Step 6.Application Form

Once decide the proerty, make application with your information and required document

Step 7.Check the Contract terms

Before e-signature, check all contract terms and declaration matters

Step 8.Sign on the Lease Agreement

Lease agreement will be created in the APJ system automatically to be able you to sign on Docusign system. The signature processes will be devided twice.

Step 9.Settlement for Application Deposit

After e-signature, settle the application deposit by your credit card

Step 10.Tenancy Screening

The lender and guarantee company will screen your tenancy simply.

Step 11.Conclude the Lease Contract

Once you pass them you will be able to receive the email which enclose the lease agreement with all three parties signatures.

Step 12.Move-in

Following the guidance described on the email, you can get the key and move-in the property after your lease start date.

How to Search on Apartment Japan

Introduction of the lease via Apartment Japan

◇ Basic requirements ◇

1. Lease Agreement

In order to rent the properties, it is necessary to conclude the contract of "Residential Lease Agreement" or "Fixed-Term Residential Lease Agreement" for the purpose of using as a residence. Before applying for renting a property, please carefully review and confirm the conditions and contents of the lease agreement. By submitting your application, you are confirming that you have understood and accepted all contents and conditions.

2. Minimum lease term

On this website, the minimum lease term is for 1 month.(The minimum lease is specified by each property if longer than 1 month.) If longer than one month, the lease can be set to end on any day the applicant chooses.

3. Reservation Application

To rent the property, please make an "Application" to reserve the property. The reservation acceptance period varies by property. Typically, it is from three months prior to the desired lease start date. The online reservation system is provided on this website for the properties marked


on the listings. The personal information of the applicant and all residents, as of contact details, number and photocopy of a passport, type of visa, validity period of visa etc. and the "Application Deposit" (meaning of reservation deposit) are required for the reservation.

4. Contracting

The contract will be conducted online through electronic signatures. After completing the payment procedure for the application fee, the screen will switch to the electronic signature screen. Please read the contents of the documents presented carefully, and if you are satisfied, proceed with the electronic signature. Once you have signed, the documents will be sent to the guarantee company and the lender for their screening. Upon their approval, they will sign in sequence. The reservation process will be complete once all parties have signed. Then, the applied property will be secured for your use. Please note in advance that if the application does not pass their tenant screening, they will not be able to disclose the reasons.

5. Key Handover

On or before the lease start date, the applicant is required to meet at the place designated by the property provider for the "contracting" which includes signing the lease agreement, confirming your ID, payment of the balance of the initial payment, and key hand over. The key will be handed over after an explanation of housing rules are completed and understood. During the online application process, please input your desired date and time for the contracting.

6. The Contract Party

The contract party is the person who will actually live in the property (hereinafter referred to as "resident" or "tenant") or the parental authority of the resident, or the company with an office registered in Japan which employs the resident.

However, the applicant of this online reservation system is limited to individuals and the resident of non-Japanese nationality. Apartment-Japan cannot accept the application online for the person under 18 years old and Japanese Nationalities due our policy. In that case, please contact directly to the property provider who posted the property information.

7. Identification papers

Upon application for the property, it is necessary to show the original as well as submit a copy of your identity certificate and required documents etc. to the landlord or the property provider.

On application online from this website, a photocopy of passport and valid visa, of the applicant and all residents are required, and if some of residents are in the process of applying or renewing a passport or visa, please immediately submit a copy after approval. If a copy is not be submitted, the application may be assumed cancelled by the applicant, and the Application Deposit may not be refunded.

8. Application Deposit (Reservation Deposit)

Upon application for the property, the deposit of application fee (designated by the landlord) is required. This application deposit will be assigned as a part of the rent or any other fees at the contracting. After obtaining the application deposit and applicant's information, the property provider or the landlord will conduct the tenancy review. In the rare case of the application cannot pass the tenancy review, the property provider will contact you as soon as possible, and the application deposit will be refunded to the applicant.

Upon application online from this website, the application deposit is equivalent to one month's rent.

9. Application Cancellation before Contract

In case of cancellation by the customer after completion of the reservation application, the application deposit will not be refunded. Please ask the property provider directly for more details concerning application cancellation. In the event the lease agreement and initial payment are not received by the landlord on the next business day following a scheduled move-in date, the landlord may cancel the contract at their discretion and your deposit may not be refunded. (All deadlines are based on Japan Time)

10. Lease Extension & Cancellation

For contracts of “Ordinary renewable Residential Lease”, unless the tenant provides notice of their intention to terminate the contract, the contract will continue. And, regardless of the type of contract, if the tenant needs to terminate the contract during the original lease period, an early termination penalty will be required. For detailed cancellation policies, please refer to the display of “Transaction Law” (the Act on Specified Commercial Transactions) in the footer of each company's application system screen. Please ask the property provider directly for concern their cancellation policy.

11. Security Deposit

Some properties require a "Security Deposit" when accepting a lease agreement. The security deposit is refundable after move-out. However, if some breakage, contamination, equipment breakdown, etc. is found on the property after move-out, the balance after deducting the repair cost or replacement cost will be refunded. If these repair expenses etc. exceed the amount of security deposit, the balance will be charged to the tenants. Please ask the landlord or property provider directly for details concerning the security deposit refund and other fees.

12. Guarantee Company

Most properties on this website which are available for online reservation do not require a Japanese guarantor. Instead, the contract fees and monthly rent payments must be made through credit card payment. You will be required to sign a contract with a guarantee company which is also work as a credit payment collection agency, at the time of the agreement.

13. Rental Options

Optional Items are provided by some landlords, in order to reduce the burden of starting a new life. Optional item fee often are not prorated by the number of days of your stay. Please check the details on this website and refer the lease agreement or the rental agreement.

◇ Payment ◇

1. Application Deposit (Reservation Deposit)

Upon application for the property, the application deposit in the amount specified by the landlord is required as proof of intent. This application deposit will be applied to rent or other contract cost when the contract is finalized. Please deposit by Credit card or in a way designated by the landlord, after confirming and accepting all covenants and conditions of lease agreement.

2. Payment of Contract Balance

Basically, Credit card payment is required for the payent of contract balance. If you have a reasonable reason not to pay it by credit card, please ask the property provider directly.

3. Monthly Payment after Moving-In

After moving in, please pay the following month's payment by the monthly payment due date indicated in the lease agreement. Basically, the monthly payment is required to pay by the Credit card. If you have a reasonable reason and wish to use other method, please contact the property provider directly. Please note that in such case, the lease condition including rent, contract fee, and contract procedures may be totally changed.

◇ Additional Provisions ◇

  • 1.

    No smoking in the room.

  • 2.

    No BBQ, No smoking, No eating on the balcony or the public area on the premises.

  • 3.

    Please speak a conversation with a small voice in the room and public area. (Especially PM 10:00 – AM 8:00 )

  • 4.

    Keep the room tidy and clean. (If you wish a maid service, please contact to Apartment Japan.)

  • 5.

    Don't place or store any belongings in the public space on the premises, such as hallway, stairs, entrance, rooftop or garden etc.

  • 6.

    Remodeling, renovating, changing the layout or otherwise changing the original condition of the property without advanced approval of the landlord is prohibited.

  • 7.

    Living with persons without listed on the lease agreement, subleasing, and acts of letting third party stay in the property with receiving money, are strictly prohibited.

  • 8.

    The tenant will be respectful of the neighbors and community where the property is located. No excessive noises, inappropriate behavior or illegal conduct will be permitted.

  • 9.

    Please notify to the landlord in advance if leaving the property vacant for more than 2 weeks.

  • 10.

    The landlord has a right to claim compensation for any damages in the room and public space of the building.

  • 11.

    The landlord has a right to claim compensation for damages to or removal of furniture, appliances, equipment, and amenities.

  • 12.

    The landlord or a specified third party may enter into the property and the room in case of building maintenance or emergency without the resident being present.

  • 13.

    Please refer to your lease agreement for any other rules or provisions.

  • 14.

    Monthly payment will be automatically deducted from your credit card.

  • 15.

    This contract requires to sign with a rental guarantoee company.

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