Rent and Live in a House in Tokyo

Poste date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

To have privacy, independence and your own home in central Tokyo…



Advantages of living in a house:
・ You can enjoy gardening and BBQs if the property has a garden.
・ Open the windows on all four sides and get a great breeze.
・ A sense of independence and privacy, such that you won’t be troubled by any noises or vibrations from neighbors.
You can park a large car or even sometimes a 2nd car comfortably.


In an apartment, neighbors are always around and private outdoor space tends to be limited, but a detached house is independent, and some have large gardens.

In central Tokyo where population density is intense, apartment living is the norm.
In particular, it is very difficult to find spacious detached houses that suit expat families’ needs inside the JR Yamanote line train route.


Rental houses catering to Western families in central Tokyo are concentrated in areas where many foreigners reside such as Hiroo and Motoazabu. Other areas where these houses tend to be are near bus stops for international schools, such as Yoyogi, Shoto, Setagaya, Denenchofu, etc. 

In areas where detached houses stand, there generally is a restriction on the height of buildings. Thus, houses tend to be in such areas where buildings are mainly low-rises. These areas tend to be quiet and peaceful residential neighborhoods where the sky seems wider with no obstructions.


If the management company of the property offers English bilingual support, you can live comfortably even without a front desk. 

Compounds where houses are dotted within a large plot of landare also popular. 


Ex.)Tokugawa Village
Surrounded with trees, this compound makes you forget that you’re in Tokyo. The majority of residents in this compound are foreign expat families. Social interaction among residents is quite active as well. 


>> Rental Availability of Tokugawa Village


Plaza Homes has an extensive listing of rental houses in Central Tokyo as well as in the suburbs.


For those who wish to enjoy privacy and independence at home, it is recommended that you consider renting a house. This could help to escape the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo.

Exterior of Yamate House
Rent Property tag

The property is located in a luxury residential neighborhood in Yamate, Yokohama. It is a peaceful hilltop area that is near from Harbor View Park (Minato-no-mieru-oka-koen) and Motomachi Park. This luxury, detached house was built in 2009. The floor plan with a plenty of storage spaces is suitable for a foreign family as well. The garage can fit up to 3 cars. The 7.44 sqm. space sunroom and a garden are included. There are international schools within walking distance.

JPY 820,000/month

Exterior of Honmoku Terrace House
Rent Property tag

It is a terrace house built in a quiet residential area. It offers comfortable life having living room and bed room with high ceiling and spaciousness. 5 min drive from Honmoku Exit. 10min walk from Yamatocho bus stop.

JPY 208,000/month

Exterior of Oi T Residence
Rent Property tag

A house with a private garden desirable for a foreign family. Within easy access of 3 stations. It is fully renovated having a bathroom (with a toilet) on each floor. It comes with south-facing rooms and abundant storage spaces.

JPY 500,000/month

Exterior of Seta 2-chome N House
Rent Property tag

Only 5 min walk to St. Mary’s International School. Located in a quiet residential area one block away from Kanpachi-dori Avenue. It is a single-family house with a large private garden and a modern and bright interior design. The wood terrace is attractive creating an additional flat floor space extended from 39.75M2 of living, dining room, and kitchen space.

JPY 500,000/month

Exterior of Sebon Nakameguro
Rent Property tag

Located in a popular area nearby Nakameguro. It is within walking distance of the station yet in a quiet neighborhood. It is a terrace house with 2 floors above ground and 1 floor under ground, but you can live in it as a single-family house. It comes with a spacious rooftop terrace having nice views. Having a pet and playing a musical instrument are negotiable.

JPY 400,000/month

Exterior of Denenchofu 3-chome House
Rent Property tag

The property is located in a luxury residential neighborhood in Denenchofu. Being close to Hourai Park, it is a very natural environment. The brick wall building appears grand and luxury. The interior has wooden floors and appears bright. There is a large patio outside of the living and dining rooms, which produces further openness.

JPY 900,000/month