Renting a Spacious House in Tokyo

Poste date: Friday, May 10, 2024

For those who are looking for a spacious rental residence in Tokyo, we will guide you on renting a house here.
When people coming to Japan from overseas look for a house, one of their concerns may be that houses in Japan are smaller than those in Western countries. While there are many spacious apartment units in Tokyo, spacious houses are in high demand and popular with both Japanese and foreigners. 

Houses for rent in central Tokyo and the suburbs

There are many houses in relatively quiet, low-rise residential areas. In central Tokyo such as Minato-ku and Shibuya-ku, as well as in the suburban areas such as Setagaya-ku and Meguro-ku, where school buses for international school are available, there exist many houses for rent with spacious floor plans that accommodate expatriate families.

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Advantages of renting a house

Large space and many rooms

The building area of housing in Japan is around 100m2 for houses and 60 to 70m2 (3LDK) for apartments. With the larger area than apartments, some houses have 4LDK or 5LDK floor plans. It is also possible to create a room for a child or a room for teleworking.

*When renting a house with a floor area of more than 240m2 for executive housing, you need to be careful about the method of calculating withholding income tax.

For more information, please see here >> Tax on Executive’s Company housing - For luxury company housing over 240 square meters

Less likely to cause noise problems

There is no need to worry about vibration or noise to the floors below, so there are fewer problems compared to apartment building. However, consideration such as not playing music too loudly, must be given to neighboring houses.

Parking space can be secured

This is not true of all houses, but you can park your car within the premises, eliminating the need to pay for parking fee or to go to the parking lot outside the premises. Some houses have a large surface parking space that allow you to park large or multiple vehicles.

Enable you to have your own private garden

This is also not true of all houses, but if you have a garden, you can enjoy your holidays by having a BBQ or setting up a paddling pool for kids.

Enable you to live in a quiet environment

Many houses are located in the areas where tall buildings are restricted. Therefore, there are not many buildings around you that block the view, you can see the sky, and you can live in a comfortable environment with plenty of sunlight and excellent ventilation.

See the related article >> Land Use Zones under the City Planning Law in Japan

Disadvantages of renting a house

Often located far from the station

While some houses are built in the areas with many foreign residents and good access to transportation, such as Hiroo and Moto-Azabu, the areas in central Tokyo and the suburbs where many houses are built, such as Yoyogi, Shoto, Setagaya, Den-en-chofu, are often far from the train station.

Houses that are far away from the nearest train station may be a little inconvenient when using the train, but the bus stops for international schools are often located nearby, so it may be an advantage for families with children who attend the school.

Difficult to contact the manager

In the case of an apartment building, you can consult the English-speaking manager or a concierge desk within the premises when there is a problem with the building, but in the case of a house, you need to contact the manager or management company yourself. In such cases, communication in Japanese may be essential. If you are worried about your Japanese, choosing a house managed by an English-speaking management company is recommended for peace of your mind in case of emergency.


Both apartments and houses have their own advantages. Apartments may be more attractive to those who want a view from the upper floors and good common facilities when deciding on a rental apartment, while houses may be more attractive to those who want more space and a quieter living environment.

To make the most of your time in Japan, please think about what kind of environment you want to live in and find a great place to live that suits your lifestyle.

On our website, you can find not only housing property information, but also a variety of useful information on living in Japan, including an area guide and a guide to living in Japan. So, please visit the website.

Hiroo Sakura House is a detached house standing gracefully in a quiet residential neighborhood in Hiroo. The living and dining rooms with beautiful wood floor are a comfortable living space where one can feel the warmth of sunlight coming in from the skylight and enjoy trees in the courtyard.

JPY 980,000/month

Located in a quiet residential area 8-mins walk from Daikanyama Station and Nakameguro Station is a house with a spacious floor plan suitable for a foreign family. With an international school bus running nearby, the location has also a good living environment for a foreign family.

JPY 950,000/month

A large house located in a quiet residential area of Setagaya-ku. With many supermarkets and drugstores around the Sakura-shinmachi Station, the nearest station, the location is very convenient for daily shopping. From the station, Den-en-toshi Line provides good access to Shibuya and Futako-tamagawa Station. Large metropolitan parks such as Komazawa Olympic Park and Kinuta Park are also within easy reach. The house has been fully renovated in May 2024. It comes with a parking space for 1car.

JPY 800,000/month

This house is located in a quiet living environment with lush greenery nearby while it is in central Tokyo. A south-facing bright living room has plenty of natural light and its 3.7m ceiling height creates a sense of openness as well. The parking space for 2 cars is equipped with (2) EV chargers. Having easy access to Haneda Airport by car, the house is desirable for those who travel a lot.

JPY 900,000/month

Located 12-mins walk from Izumi-Tamagawa Station on Odakyu Odawara Line is a house for rent with all south-facing rooms, a large private garden, and a full range of facilities. It is a comfortable, eco-friendly, and energy-saving house with ENE-FARM and solar power generation. It is an excellent house that has obtained Seismic Grade 3 of Housing Performance Labeling System, as well as certification of Long-life quality housing and Zero Emission Tokyo.

JPY 450,000/month

A house in a quiet residential area of Shirokanedai. It features a modern, refined, and stately exterior design and solid wooden flooring arrangement. It comes with plenty of storage spaces, a functional open kitchen, and a rooftop balcony with an open feeling.

JPY 1,250,000/month