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Comparison of Japan Working Holiday Accommodation & Share House Plans

by Acyl


Japanese working holiday accommodation plan

Whether it is a working holiday in Japan, working holiday experience life.
Or plan to study in Japan and stay in Japan to work in the future.

Finding a satisfactory place to live is very important.

Living in Japan, a residence is not only a place of living, but also a registration address that needs to be used when applying for various services, such as banking services, mobile phone Sim card services, work registration personal address, etc.

Basically, if there is no suitable place to live, it is impossible to live in Japan.

Recommended accommodation options for living in Japan

In general, there are 3 accommodation options suitable for medium and long-term residence in Japan

  1. independent living house plan
  2. Share House Co-living Program
  3. Dormitory, dormitory accommodation plan

Comparison of accommodation options

First compare the complexity of the different schemes

Independent House> Share House Co-living> Dormitory, dormitory

An independent house needs to arrange the necessities of life such as electrical appliances, home appliances, and the Internet, and also handle things such as leases.
Share House co-living only needs to complete the lease to move in
Dormitories and dormitories should have basic home appliances and equipment. Those who live in company dormitories and dormitories should not forget to go to work. Those who live in school dormitories and dormitories forget to go to school, pay tuition fees and rent. It is basically not difficult to move in.

Rent, Sunrise Living Expenses

Dormitory, dormitory< Share House Co-living< independent house
In most cases, the cost of independent housing is the highest, because Share House co-living, dormitories, and dormitories are shared by other people, or companies and schools provide accommodation subsidies.

Living environment, cleanliness, independent space

Independent House> Share House Co-living> Dormitory, dormitory
Independent houses can have a completely independent space, dormitory/dorm, Share House co-living, need to share common space with other people living together. Such as kitchen, bathroom, etc.

The cleanliness of Share House, dormitories, and dormitories depends on the habits of the people living together, or whether the manager of the residence has regularly arranged cleaning services. It's not uncommon for a bathroom to be covered in hair or an entire kitchen to be covered in grease when it's not cleaned very often.

room soundproofing

Independent house = Share House Co-living = dormitory, dormitory
This depends on luck, there is really no one better than the other.
For example, if you are used to going to bed late at night when you meet your neighbor, or if you are used to the alarm clock not ringing in the morning, it depends on your luck and character.

Reasons for choosing Share House to live in Japan

Although Share House may not be the best choice in terms of rent and living environment, one thing, and the most important point, is that the contract period is flexible.

The lease is the biggest consideration

If you want to rent a house in Japan, take a detached house as an example, you will generally be required to sign an annual lease, with a two-year lease being the most common.
In addition, when moving into an independent house, you are generally required to find a Japanese as a guarantor, or a guarantor company to guarantee you can move in.
It does not mean that you can move in if you have enough money to pay the rent. It is not surprising that sometimes the head of the household may prefer to leave the house empty and not rent it to foreigners.

The characteristic of Share House is that the rented houses are operated by different real estate companies. Generally, Share House companies will have more than ten or more locations in one place (such as Tokyo) to provide choices.
The type of houses is similar to that of ordinary houses, but the difference is that most of them do not require Japanese as a guarantor/or need a guarantor company as a guarantee, and only need to pay a specified amount as a deposit and security deposit. And the lease can be as short as one month

Although the dormitory/dormitory is said to be the easiest check-in procedure, the targets are mainly those who have found study abroad/jobs.
So the simplest is sometimes the most complicated, because the nature of the accompanying work/school may not necessarily match your plan, so sometimes the dormitory/dormitory will not be considered.

Features of Share House

  • Compared with the same type of independent houses, the rent of Share House will be a little more expensive, about 30% higher.
  • The Share House may be operated by an individual or a rental company. When choosing a Share House, it is recommended to choose a company that operates several Share Houses at the same time, which is more reliable.
  • Share House is generally shared by men and women, separated by separate rooms.
    In some areas such as Tokyo, the Share House in Tokyo will have a "female only" program.
  • Number of occupants: Generally, there are 8-20 people in the same address.
  • The minimum number of occupants is 3 people, and the maximum number of people can exceed 50 people in the same residence.
  • A Share House for 30 people will be more likely to have vacancies than a Share House for 3 people.
  • Share House rental contract, the shortest can be one month, usually one year.

Points to note when choosing accommodation in Japan

Before choosing an accommodation plan, whether it is an independent house, Share House, dormitory, or dormitory.

  1. Plan clearly first, how long do you intend to stay in a particular area?
  2. When you come to Japan, is your goal mainly working, traveling or studying abroad?
  3. Is it easy to find Share House locally?

These three points are very important, because in the end it will be decided which accommodation plan to choose.

If sightseeing is the main goal of the year

If you are planning a working holiday, the goal is to go to Tokyo and other big cities as the first stop, mainly for sightseeing and cultural experience.
Then I plan to change places every season, such as Hokkaido, Kyoto, Okinawa and other places.

Then, Share House will be your best choice.

Because Share House co-living can provide a minimum one-month accommodation plan, and the upfront cost is not very high.
Some companies only require a deposit of ¥30,000, and they can move in immediately. After living for a period of time, part of the deposit can be refunded.
The most important thing is that the Share House is already equipped with home appliances, Internet and other equipment, which can save the trouble of moving in and moving out.

One year of long-term residence for studying abroad, working part-time

If you are working part-time, independent housing or Share House co-living are all good accommodation options for you.

If you are studying abroad, you can also consider the dormitory provided by the school. But pay attention to the address of the dormitory, whether it is too far from the school, and whether the rent will be high.

Choosing Between Share House Co-living and Independent Housing

Whether you choose to live in a Share House or an independent house depends on your own requirements for private space, the cleanliness of the living environment, and the quality of home appliances and household equipment.

If the requirements are higher, independent houses are also a good choice.

Degrees of freedom, living space vs services

The initial expenditure of a detached house will be relatively large, but it can be exchanged for a relatively large degree of freedom and a completely independent living space.
But when there is a problem in the house, such as the TV is broken, the network has problems, the water pipe in the house is broken, etc., you also need to solve and repair it yourself.

Compared with Share House co-living, when living in Share House co-living, you only need to send a text message, and the intermediary company or management company will deal with it immediately.
Living in a detached house takes a lot of work in this regard.

Reasons for choosing a part-time job

If you plan to stay in different places throughout the year, experience the different customs of Japan. Or if you plan to live in places other than Japanese cities, such as Karuizawa, Hokkaido, Shikoku and other suburban areas, Share House co-living and independent housing are not the best choices.

The best option is to work for a night. Better yet, pick jobs that include accommodation, meals, and a working salary. Then you can solve the problem of accommodation, and you can also have spare money to travel around when you are on vacation.

Although the dormitory cannot live together like a Share House, an independent house, there is a lot of private space. But you can easily communicate with people from different places, and you can enjoy the Japanese suburban life.

The process of choosing a Share House

Now it is very convenient to choose a Share House to live together, because many Japanese Share House intermediary companies have set up web pages, you can view the photos of the rooms first, and there are also Chinese-speaking staff to give introductions. Generally, you can find the house before leaving Japan. After visiting Japan, you can visit and move in immediately.

Choose a housing plan that fits your yearly plans

Before making a decision to rent a room, think clearly

  1. My plans, itinerary, and goals for the coming year
  2. Is the selected accommodation suitable for your itinerary and plan?

Sample itinerary

Arrive in Japan in July and August in summer, with Tokyo as the first stop. In winter, I transferred to a ski resort in Hokkaido in November. In spring, I went to Kaisai and Kyoto for sightseeing. In May, I transferred to a diving company in Okinawa.

Accommodation plan suitable for the itinerary

  • When arriving in Tokyo, choose Share House for accommodation
  • Choosing a staff dormitory for a ski resort in Hokkaido
  • Choose a Share House to live together in Kyoto, or work for a living
  • Choosing Dive Company Dormitories in Okinawa

It is not recommended to choose an independent house, because it is not easy to find a house if you stop in each area for a long time.
However, some Share House intermediary companies accept short-term 3-month leases, which can solve the accommodation problem in each area.

Process of selecting a Share House accommodation plan

1. Decide on the region first

Do you live in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, or other areas.

2. Then decide on the rental budget

The rent in Tokyo is higher than that in Kyoto and Osaka, and the rent in the 23 districts in the center of Tokyo is higher than that in areas outside the center.
The 23rd wards are the areas in Tokyo, such as Shinjuku, Nerima, Taito, etc., which are the must-see attractions when traveling to Japan.

The place with the highest rent in Tokyo is the area around the Imperial Palace. The closer you are to the Imperial Palace, the higher the rent.
On the contrary, the farther the area is from the Imperial Palace, the lower the rent will be, but the bus fare and travel time to the center of Tokyo will increase accordingly, so there is a little trade-off.

3. Decide on a place you frequent

Going to a place often can be for school, work, or shopping. It is generally assumed that it is an area frequented by tourists, because it is easier to find a job.

  • If you like to go to Shinjuku often, when choosing accommodation, it is recommended to consider accommodation in the west of Tokyo.
  • Choose some accommodation plans "30 minutes by train to Shinjuku".
  • Try to choose some accommodation that can go directly to Shinjuku station without transferring trains

You can use theIn the transfer caseorGoogle Maps

4. Compare the distance between the rent and the station

Generally, the closer you are to the station, the higher the rent. When choosing accommodation, it is recommended to choose some accommodation within a 15-minute walk.
If you want to know how long it takes to walk from your accommodation to the station, you can first useGoogle MapsLook for it, and his walking time calculation is also accurate.

5. Pay attention to whether there is any noise problem near the accommodation

If the place of accommodation is near the railway, you need to pay attention to whether it is an overhead railway or a subway.
Take Tokyo as an example. JR is a railway that can be seen from the ground. If you live near the railway line, you may hear the sound of the tram. The Toei Subway and Tokyo Metro (Tokyo Metro) are all invisible railways on the ground. Living near these railway lines will not be affected by the noise of the trams.

6. Are there any daily shops near the accommodation?

When choosing an accommodation plan, it is recommended to choose some nearby restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, post offices and other places within a 5- to 10-minute walk.
The best choice is that there are already supermarkets, restaurants, convenience stores and other frequent stores near the station. You can go to the store first when you get out of the station, and buy something before going home.
Or when you are hungry at night and don't feel like cooking, you can immediately go to the restaurant to eat.

7. Consider equipment for accommodation options

Before deciding on the accommodation plan, you should also consider the number of residents there, whether there is a living room, whether the bathroom facilities are sufficient, the size of the individual room, the equipment of the individual room, and whether there are bicycle parking spaces, etc.
The number of occupants determines whether the life after moving in will be very lively, and whether it will take a long time to wait for a bath.
Whether there is a living room is also important, because without a living room, it may be difficult to socialize with roommates.
Take a look at the size and equipment of each room, whether it meets your needs.

8. Be aware of the additional costs of renting

Be careful to pay attention to whether there are any extra charges, whether you have to pay a high initial fee, exchange door lock fee, cleaning fee, etc. before you can move in.

9. After choosing, send an email directly to inquire

Websites that offer Share House solutions

1. Borderless Tokyo International Exchange Association


The Share House program is mainly provided in different areas of Tokyo. The number of residents is generally within ten people, and most of the residences are independent rooms with a living room.

Room at Borderless Tokyo

2. GG House Management


The rooms of Tokyo GG House are generally a little further away from the center of Tokyo.
The general accommodation plan does not have a living room, and the number of people at each address will be relatively large.

The shared space is mainly kitchen, bathroom and so on.
If you want to have a public space, it may be more difficult to get together with your roommates, but the rent is relatively cheap.
GG Houses in some areas can provide girls-only rooms. Girls who consider safety needs can choose GG Houses first.


3. Couverture Share House


The accommodation plan provided by Couverture Share House ranges from a few people to dozens of people.
Most of the Share Houses also have a living room, which is convenient for socializing with roommates.
Their rooms are located in different places in different districts of Tokyo, not too far from downtown Tokyo and tourist areas.
But because of the convenient location, the rent is a little higher than other Share Houses.

Couverture Share House living room

4.Tokyo Share House


Tokyo ShareHouse is a brokerage site that introduces Tokyo Share House.
This website is like a collection of Share House information, and different companies are posting advertisements for vacant rooms every day.
You can find the room you are interested in here first, and then directly contact the company that operates the Share House for details.

Tokyo Share House Brokerage Site

Summary of the accommodation plan

To put it bluntly, Share House is to pay for services

To sum up, Share House is to use money and pay a little bit of personal space in exchange for the convenience of living and avoid the troubles of moving in and out.
However, it is necessary to pursue living space, absolute neatness and tidiness, and it is better to choose an independent house.
After all, everyone's living habits are a little different, and everyone's understanding of tidiness is different.

It is recommended that before signing any lease, you should think carefully about whether the chosen accommodation plan is the one you like and the most suitable one.

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