10 Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Kichijoji

Our 10 picks for Kichijoji Apartments for Foreigners

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Kichijoji

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Kichijoji (吉祥寺) is a town that always ranks among the most popular areas for living.

Although being a little removed from central Tokyo, it has many commercial areas while also having lots of parks which makes it a popular living area, especially among people with children.

In this article, I will introduce the pros and cons of living in Musashino City (which is the city where Kichijoji is located), plus I’ll introduce our 10 picks for places to live in this area.


Moving into an Apartment in Japan

Moving is probably one of the most stressful yet fun activities that you can have in life. Whether it is your first time or your 10th time, moving will always be a big deal.

When it comes to living in a foreign country, it gets extra tricky because the procedures and paperwork can be different from what you’re used to in your home country. You can find useful tips for renting an apartment in Tokyo here.

However, one of the best parts about moving is the choosing part.

Although it might be challenging to find the perfect valance between apartment features, location, and pricing, it is fun to envision yourself living in that place while checking out apartments.

Living around Kichijoji

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Kichijoji

One of the most attractive features about living around Kichijoji is the balance between having many commercial places and also having many parks. There’s no inconvenience when it comes to shopping and it has many quiet residential areas.

If you are planning on living in Tokyo, especially with children, this is a good area to look for an apartment.

1. Basic information of Kichijoji

Before I go into specifics, it’s important to know that the following information is for the whole Musashino City (武蔵野市), which is the city where Kichijoji is located.

When people say “Musashino City” or “Musashino-shi”, this refers to the municipality of Musashino (Musashino city is one of the 26 municipalities that, along with the 23 wards, compose Tokyo).

Now that we have established what Musashino city is, the following is some basic information.

Area 10.98 km2
Population 150,567
Population density 13,713/km2
Neighboring wards Suginami city, Nerima city, Mitaka city, Koganei city, and Nishi-Tokyo city

2. Apartment Rent Market Value near Kichijoji

Just like the basic info from above, the following is the market value for the whole Musashino City, which is the city where Kichijoji is located.

Although Musashino city is not part of the 23 wards that compose central Tokyo(which are known for having the higher rent averages), it is a relatively expensive are to live in. However, prices can vary a lot depending on the size, age, and location of the apartment. There’s a big difference depending on which train station is clesest from that appartment.

1R 85,000 yen/month
1K 92,000 yen/month
1DK 104,000 yen/month
1LDK 123,000 yen/month
2K 109,000 yen/month
2DK 122,000 yen/month
2LDK 148,000 yen/month
3K 134,000 yen/month
3DK 145,000 yen/month
3LDK 171,000 yen/month

3. Merits of living near Kichijoji

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Kichijoji

As I mentioned above, one of the appealing characteristics of Kichijoji and its surrounding areas is that “it is neither too urban nor too rural”.

Shop-wise, you will find pretty much anything you need and there are many restaurants, cafes, izakaya, and bars. There are many historical locations, cultural areas, museums, zoos, parks, attractions, and activities. This makes it a convenient area for living even if its not lacated in central Tokyo.

And although not being in central Tokyo, it is easy to get to the major areas in Tokyo. Using the JR Chuo Line, it takes only about 20 minutes to Shinjuku station, and about 30 minutes to Tokyo station (without having to change trains).

Another thing worthy of mentioning is that Musashino city is known to have good public facilities such as the municipal library, the city hall, and the munisipal gymnasium.

Musashino city is also known for puting effort in helping raising children. A good portion of the city budget goes directly to education, which can be noticed by looking at the educational facilities such as schools. You can also find strollers for rent at Kichijoji station, which just shows how much the city cares for families raising children.

4. Popular Spots near Kichijoji

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Kichijoji– 1st. Inokashira Park: One of the most popular and famous tourist sites in Kichijoji. It is especially known for its beautiful scenery during cherry blossom season.

– 2nd. Ghibli Museum: The only official Studio Ghibli themed museum in the world. You’ll find original drawings of Studio Ghibli movies, special exhibitions, and exclusive short films.

– 3rd. Musashino Hachimangu Shrine: One of the oldest historical spots in Kichijoji located in the north side from Kichijoji Station.

– 4th. Harmonica Yokocho Alley: An alley packed with many small Izakaya. It is the symbol of Kichijoji’s nightlife.

– 5th. Sunroad Shopping Arcade: Shopping arcade that has been there for over 50 years. From 100 yen shops, clothing stores, drug stores to food shops, restaurants and cafes; You’ll find pretty much anything!

Our 10 Picks: Apartments in Kichijoji

From here, I will introduce 10 apartments located in different areas within Musashino-Shi (Musashino City). I hope you can find a place that interests you.

1. Nishi-ogikubo 1R Apartment

1R apartment located 10 minutes walking from Nishi-Ogikubo Station (西荻窪駅) of the JR Chuo Main Line.

Monthly Cost: 86,000 yen + 3,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 25.87 m2 (1R)
Floor: 4F / 4F
Year Built: 2019
Key Features: Free Internet/ Air Conditioner/ Washlet Toilet/ Self Locking Entrance/

For more details and contact, check the following link:

2. Ogikubo 1R Apartment

1R apartment located 5 minutes walking from Ogikubo Station (荻窪駅) of the JR Chuo Main Line.

Monthly Cost: 105,000 yen + 12,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 25.5 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 4F
Year Built: 2020
Key Features: / Washing Machine Inside/ Gas Stove/ Self Locking Entrance/ Motorbike Bicycle Parking/ Pet Allowed

For more details and contact, check the following link:

3. Asagaya 1R Apartment

1R apartment located 12 minutes walking from Asagaya Station (阿佐ヶ谷駅) of the JR Chuo Main Line.

Monthly Cost: 69,000 yen + 5,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 15 m2 (1R)
Floor: 1F / 2F
Year Built: 2018
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washing Machine Inside/

For more details and contact, check the following link:

4. Mitaka 1R Apartment

1R apartment located 3 minutes walking from Mitaka Station (三鷹駅) of the Chuo–Sobu Line.

Monthly Cost: 54,000 yen + 3,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 17.25 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 5F
Year Built: 1986
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

5. Kichijōji 1K Apartment

1K apartment located 5 minutes walking from Kichijoji Station (吉祥寺駅) of the JR Chuo Main Line.

Monthly Cost: 102,000 yen + 20,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 28.76 m2 (1K)
Floor: 12F / 15F
Year Built: 2010
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washlet Toilet/ Self Locking Entrance/ Elevator/ Pet Allowed

For more details and contact, check the following link:

6. Kichijōji 1DK Apartment

1DK apartment located 14 minutes walking from Kichijoji Station (吉祥寺駅) of the JR Chuo Main Line.

Monthly Cost: 131,000 yen + 10,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 35.4 m2 (1DK)
Floor: 1F / 2F
Year Built: 2018
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washlet Toilet/ Washing Machine Inside/ Self Locking Entrance/

For more details and contact, check the following link:

7. Kichijōji 1K Apartment

1K apartment located 8 minutes walking from Kichijoji Station (吉祥寺駅) of the Chuo–Sobu Line.

Monthly Cost: 66,000 yen + 2,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 16.8 m2 (1K)
Floor: 1F / 2F
Year Built: 1995
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washing Machine Inside/

For more details and contact, check the following link:

8. Asagaya 1K Apartment

1K apartment located 15 minutes walking from Asagaya Station (阿佐ヶ谷駅) of the Chuo–Sobu Line.

Monthly Cost: 50,000 yen + 2,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 11.11 m2 (1K)
Floor: 2F / 2F
Year Built: 1991
Key Features:

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9. Ogikubo 1LDK Apartment

1LDK apartment located 5 minutes walking from Ogikubo Station (荻窪駅) of the JR Chuo Main Line.

Monthly Cost: 142,000 yen + 3,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 49.27 m2 (1LDK)
Floor: 1F / 2F
Year Built: 2001
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washlet Toilet/ Washing Machine Inside

For more details and contact, check the following link:

10. Minami-asagaya 1DK Apartment

1DK apartment located 8 minutes walking from Minami-Asagaya Station (南阿佐ヶ谷駅) of the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.

Monthly Cost: 115,000 yen + 4,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Floor: 3F / 5F
Year Built: 2019
Key Features: Air Conditioner/ Washlet Toilet/ Washing Machine Inside/ Self Locking Entrance/ Elevator

For more details and contact, check the following link:

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Did you find an apartment that interests you? I hope this article has helped you to have an idea of what kind of apartments you can find in the Kichijoji area.

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