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Real Estate in Sapporo, Japan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 17, 2023

Summary: Expats and retirees talk about real estate in Sapporo, Japan? How do you find a home in Sapporo? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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How do I find a place to live in Sapporo?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Finding a place to live in Sapporo, involves several steps. First, you need to determine your budget and the type of accommodation you're looking for. This could range from a shared apartment to a private house. Next, you should research the different neighborhoods in Sapporo to find one that suits your lifestyle and needs. Some popular areas include Chuo-ku, known for its parks and museums, and Kita-ku, home to Hokkaido University. Once you have an idea of where you'd like to live, you can start searching for available properties. Websites like Suumo, Homes, and Athome are popular for house hunting in Japan, and they have English versions. You can also use real estate agencies such as Century 21 or Minimini, which cater to foreigners and can help you navigate the Japanese rental market. When you find a property you're interested in, you'll need to contact the landlord or real estate agent to arrange a viewing. Keep in mind that in Japan, it's common to pay a deposit (usually equivalent to one or two months' rent) and a non-refundable "key money" fee to the landlord. Finally, once you've found your ideal home and agreed on the terms with the landlord, you'll sign a lease. This is usually for a period of two years in Japan. Make sure to read the contract carefully and ask any questions you may have before signing. Remember, finding a place to live in a new city can take time, so it's a good idea to start your search well in advance of your move," said one expat who made the move to Sapporo.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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