Rent Property in Hokkaido

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Rent an Apartment, House, or Condo in Hokkaido

We make person-to-person introductions to local, English-speaking real estate agents to help you find Hokkaido apartment rentals or even rent a house in Hokkaido.

We will:

  • Search our database to find available agents that speak English
  • Connect you to multiple Hokkaido agents that rent Hokkaido apartments
  • Prescreen the agents to ensure they understand your needs and are ready to work for you
  • Provide apartment rental options for you in cities across Hokkaido including Sapporo, Niseko, Tomamu, and more

As you move to Hokkaido, one of your first priorities will be finding a place to live. While buying property in Hokkaido is a popular choice, many people will look at Hokkaido apartments for rent long before they are ready to buy.

The real estate agents in our network have access to public listings of apartments in Hokkaido, Japan (as well as listings from their own companies). They will review your profile, talk with you, and then arrange for you to review your choices and see the properties (in person or via virtual property tours).

While Hokkaido has more open land than much of Japan (with space for lower density housing), it is common to rent an apartment in Sapporo and other Hokkaido cities.

There is a lot of inventory of available apartments in Hokkaido. Three, four, 10, and 20-story apartment buildings are common. Most of the apartments in Hokkaido are of a smaller size – like “one-room mansion” studios and one bedroom apartments. However, large apartments in Hokkaido are also available.

The Japanese typically talk about apartments using “LDK” to indicate the size. “LDK” stands for “living room, dining room, and kitchen.” So “1LDK” is a one-bedroom apartment (with a dining room and a kitchen), “2LDK” is a two bedroom apartment, etc. Larger units of “3DLK” and more are also available – a local Hokkaido agent can help show you your options and explain more details.

The average cost of a Hokkaido Japan apartment rental depends on many factors. For a rough estimate, consider a general range of approximately ¥50,000-¥100,000 per month (~$460-$920 USD). Prices range based on a variety of criteria including proximity to a local train or subway station, the size of the unit, how modern (or old) the building is, the neighborhood, the quality of view and other factors. Apartments in Hokkaido with parking spaces are more rare than equivalent major cities in other countries (parking will also add to the cost).

When renting an apartment in Japan versus other part of the world, one of the main differences is the length of the contract. Renting an apartment in Hokkaido often requires a two-year contract. There are monthly apartments in Hokkaido, but most Japanese rent in two-year periods (often beginning in April of each year).

There are various fees associated with renting an apartment in Japan. You have the usual security deposits, but also fees for agents and “key money.” Some of fees occur again as you renew the apartment’s lease as well.

Dealing with the contracts, understanding the fees, and speaking the language of apartment owners in Hokkaido are all a aspects of what a local real estate agent in Hokkaido can offer you as you find a place to live.

When you’re ready to talk about renting an apartment in Hokkaido, we make your search faster and much easier by connecting you with local real estate agents that speak English and are available to help you find what you need.

We work for you, not the real estate companies.

We provide person-to-person introductions to prescreened agents that help you sell, buy, lease, or rent property in Hokkaido. We search our custom database to connect you to real estate professionals that speak your language, address your needs and are available now to help you find what you want.

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  • (+81) 11 206 7301
  • (+1) 844 329 2040

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