We will find the perfect place for you according to your needs and budget. You may want a place with a garden, a place where you can live with your pets, or you may want an affordable 3+ bedroom apartment. There are a limited number of apartments and houses available for expats in Japan, mainly due to the language barrier, but after understanding your priorities, we will help you find a suitable property by fully utilizing our network.
We can also introduce you to commercial properties such as offices, stores, and piano schools, so please feel free to contact us.
We provide assistance finding suitable properties, going over them with you and arranging viewings for the properties you are interested in, accompanying you to the viewing as an interpreter, helping you sign the contract if you wish to proceed with the property.
Available areas: Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama
Omakase Helper has Everything Covered
All fees will be clearly illustrated in English from the beginning, no hidden fees.
Omakase Helper will assist in connecting utilities, registering your address at city hall, enrolling in daycares, registering for the child support money and anything else you might need.
We will send you a list of potential apartments ASAP and arrange viewings immediately to suit your schedule.
NO NEED FOR JAPANESE
There is no need to speak or write Japanese, we will prepare all the application documents for you.
(1) Make a request
Please include information about your desired property (e.g. size, budget, number of bedrooms and age).
You may also send us a link to HOME’S or SUUMO for the property you are interested in. We will check the availability of the property and whether or not you can move in.
(2) Receive list of properties
We will send you a list with information on potential properties (rent, initial cost, photos) within two days of receiving your information.
In Japan, the real estate industry is traditionally closed on Wednesdays, so if your request falls on a Wednesday, please note that it may take a little longer.
(3) View properties
View the selected apartments with our English interpreter.
When you find a property that you like, we will start the application process.Several documents are required: residence card, proof of income, name of all tenants, contact information, a copy of your bankbook,.The tenant screening process usually takes two to five days to complete. If you pass the screening, you will need a hanko/name stamp to sign the contract, so be sure to prepare it in advance.
(5) Make initial payment (rent, key money, etc.)
Once you are approved, the initial fee must transferred. You will need to nominate a bank account for your rent payments to be deducted from and apply for home fire insurance.
(6) Sign the contract
Sign the rental contract at the place designated by the property management company. Please bring your name stamp and residence card with you on the day.
(7) Move in!
Receive the key and move in. After moving in, please submit a notification of change of address to the local government office within two weeks. Make sure to apply for the gas service immediately through the gas company (Tokyo Gas, etc.) online.
Here’s what our clients say:
As many others mentioned, Omakase Helper provides assistance during the whole process. They immediately understood what I was looking for and proposed a list of very attractive options. They are always available and ready to meet your needs and constraints. They even came and visit the properties with me on their rest day. It’s a team of young and energetic people. 100% satisfied. 100% reccomend.
I had a good experience finding an apartment through them! Flexible, good prices and helpful all the time! Recommended.
It’s sometimes difficult and frustrating for foreigners to find an apartment to rent in Japan. May it be language barrier or discrimination towards foreigners from some local real estates. With Omakase Helper agents, there was no communication barrier for non-Japanese speakers and there is no bias towards foreigners. They actively helped us to search for the apartments based on our preferences of price and location. When we found some options that we like they would take us to see the apartments for ourselves and explained to all of our questions. Even though we ended up choosing another apartment not introduced by them due to our strained budget, I am very happy with Omakase Helper san’s service, attentiveness and professionalism. I would definitely recommend their service for my friends and those who are going through the headache of searching for an apartment in Tokyo and Saitama area
Takeshi-san was just amazing. He was there from day one when I contacted him and within a week (give or take a few days), we had already been approved for the apartment the we wanted! They are with you all the way from day one till you move in. They even helped us with contacting our current landlord for our move out date.
Thank you so much for helping me find an apartment!
Just wanted to share my gratitude for Omakase Helper during my apartment search. Even though I wasn’t able to lock down an apartment with them, they were very patient and prompt with me when I was trying to find a place. Their ability to find places that fit your descriptions and present them in an organized manner was something I’ve never experienced in my various dealings with real-estate agents in Japan. Will surely come back for their services again whether it be another apartment search or their translation services.
I can’t say enough great things about Omakase Helper. My husband and I moved here in April and I contacted Omakase Helper in March to start looking for a house to rent. We worked closely with Takeshi to find exactly what we wanted. He worked tirelessly to make sure we found the perfect home. Not only that, but Omakase Helper offers translation services as well. So they were able to help us setup our internet and other amenities. Takeshi is professional, friendly, and very responsive. We could not have done this without him and now we are in our dream home! We officially moved in our house in May, which is actually much quicker than we anticipated. As most people know, it’s hard as a foreigner to rent at times and you often get denied. We were approved on the very first place we applied for. Takeshi and the wonderful realtor, Yoshiki, even took time on their day off to show us some of the homes they found.
The bottom line is, if you are on the fence about using this company, don’t be. They are absolutely worth your time and money. I plan to continue to use their services as needed!
They helped me find a great apartment and the entire process was easy for me. Highly recommended.