Accommodation in Osaka

Updated 2020-04-14 08:21

With more than 19 million inhabitants, Osaka is the third-largest city in Japan. Osaka is often called "the rebellious city" in comparison with Tokyo. Why? Tokyo can sometimes seem more rigid and strict, while Osaka has a more relaxed atmosphere and a touch of the Western attitude. Some consider Osaka to be less clean than Tokyo. Is this the price of a relaxed attitude? In Osaka, time may move at a different pace to Tokyo. Still, the city itself is attractive, with a thriving economy, growing tourism, and substantial investments in maintaining the city's rich cultural heritage.

The districts of Osaka

Osaka has 24 districts, the most popular of which are Chuo-ku, Kita-ku, Minato-ku, Tennoji-ku, Nishi-ku and Joto-ku. If you want to live near the centre of town, head for Chuo-ku, Namba, Shinsaibashi or Kita-ku. For a more peaceful everyday environment, turn to the outer districts of Yodogawa-ku, Minato-ku and Sumiyoshi-ku.

Of course, house prices vary according to their location. Choosing the very centre means paying for more expensive housing than you will find in the periphery.

Accommodation types in Osaka

There is undoubtedly enough real estate and accommodation in Osaka to suit all needs and budgets.

For a short stay, opt for hotels, hostels and other shared accommodation. You can choose between a single room, semi-shared, or a dormitory (a dormitory is the cheapest solution, but of course offers the least privacy). 

It's impossible not to mention Airbnb, the revolutionary addition to international accommodation. Its arrival has completely transformed the hotel sector, reigning supreme until Japanese legislation turned their attention to the cries of alarm from hoteliers. Unfair competition, non-compliance with safety regulations, noise complaints and more spurred Japan on to impose new, more restrictive regulations in 2018. In Osaka, restrictions are less extensive than in Kyoto or other departments of Tokyo (with Shinjuku in the lead). However, you must remain vigilant and be sure to stay in a home that meets the new standards, especially in terms of the number of rental days. 

For a longer stay, opt for a "sharehouse" or an apartment. Often, you'll find the same people offering housing in the short, medium and long term. By turning to a multilingual real-estate agency, you're likely to avoid those fees traditionally applied to long-term rentals, and many agencies no longer apply them. On the practical side, sharehouses are already furnished (household appliances, dishes, etc.), but apartments generally only offer the bare minimum: fridge, microwave, electric hob.

Rent prices in Osaka 

Rental prices in Osaka depend on a number of factors: type and size of the property, location, furnished or unfurnished, and length of stay.

For a long-term rental from a traditional agency, take into account the many initial costs: a deposit, home insurance, agency fees, the first month's rent and the guarantee (usually about two months' rent). In some cases, if you do not have a guarantor, you will also have to pay a guarantee company. As mentioned above, these fees are no longer applied by many agencies, especially those that lease to foreigners. 

As an indication, it is possible to find a studio for about 74,000 yen (610 euros) per month. There is, of course, cheaper housing, from 55,000 yen (450 euros). Others are more expensive: ¥ 90,000 (733 euros)

Looking for accommodation in Osaka

You will have no trouble finding accommodation in Osaka, and the two main research options are the internet or a real-estate agency (on site). There are many websites and real-estate agents for foreigners, and many are multilingual.

 Useful links:

Gaijin Pot
Daiwajin Real Estate
DID Global
Guest House Osaka
Air BnB
Home Away
OAK House Osaka

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