9 Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

Our 9 picks for Minato City Apartments for Foreigners

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

Are you planning on living in Tokyo, but not sure what area to live in? One area that you could start looking is Minato-Ku (or Minato City).

The area in Tokyo best represented by Tokyo’s most iconic symbol, “Tokyo tower”, has many places that are safe to live in.

It also offers many multilanguage services, making it easier for people who are still in the process of learning the Japanese language.

In this article, I will introduce the pros and cons of living in Minato City, plus I’ll introduce our 9 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 in Minato City

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

One of the most noticeable features of Minato City is that you will find many foreign embassies. Embassies of over 80 countries are located within this area. This fact makes this area have many unique characteristics.

1. Basic information of Minato City

When people say “Minato City” or “Minato-ku”, this refers to the ward of Minato (Minato city is one of the 23 wards that compose Tokyo).

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

Area 20,37 km2
Population 260,365
Population density 212,782/km2
Neighboring wards Chiyoda city, Chuo city, Shinjuku city, Koto city, Shinagawa city, and Shibuya city

2. Apartment Rent Market Value in Minato city

Living in Minato city is usually not cheap (I will say this off the bat). The following table shows the average market price of apartments in Minato city. Of course, prices can vary a lot depending on the size, age, and location of the apartment. This is especially true for this city because of the diverse areas that can be found within the city.

1R 97,000 yen/month
1K 115,000 yen/month
1DK 148,000 yen/month
1LDK 201,000 yen/month
2K 161,000 yen/month
2DK 200,000 yen/month
2LDK 269,000 yen/month
3K 231,000 yen/month
3DK 263,000 yen/month
3LDK 335,000 yen/month

3. Merits of becoming a Minato citizen

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

As I stated above, Minato city is famous for being an area where many foreign embassies are located. Because of this, there are a few characteristics that make this area a good choice for living.

First, because of the high-security levels embassies have, areas nearby are highly safe as well, making it a popular area to live in, especially among foreign diplomats.

And because there are many foreign citizens living in this area, naturally there are many restaurants, shops, and clinics that will offer multilanguage services.

Also, adding to these points, Minato city is one of the wards in Tokyo that provide better aiding systems when it comes to raising children. Minato city will provide aid for more maternity checkups compared to most wards as well as having a more generous coverage of childbirth costs.

All these points make Minato city a popular area for foreign families to live in.

However, as I stated above, it is not cheap to live in this area. Minato City has one of the highest rent costs in all of Japan. But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. If you look around closely enough, you will find some hidden gems of apartments that may offer a relatively good deal for you.

4. Popular Spots in Minato City

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City– 1st. Tokyo Tower: The most famous landmark in Tokyo to the point that it has become the symbol for the Capital city of Japan.

– 2nd. Zojoji Temple: Situated right next to Tokyo Tower, Zojo-ji is considered as one of the most important temples in Japan. It is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region.

– 3rd. The National Art Center: Located just a few minutes walking from Nogozaka station, This is one of the largest art exhibition facilities in Japan.

– 4th. Maxell Aqua Park: An indoor theme park located just a few minutes walking from Shinagawa station. It has an aquarium, rides, shows, and areas with immersive projection mapping.

– 5th. Azabu juban: District located right next to Roppongi. It is an area with a more laid-back feel compared to Roppongi.  You will find many fancy shops, restaurants, and bars that will provide services in English.

Our 9 Picks: Apartments in Minato City

From here, I will introduce 9 apartments located in 10 different areas within Minato-Ku (Minato City). I hope you can find a place that interests you.

1. Hamamatsucho 1K Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

1K apartment located 6 minutes walk from Hamamatsucho Station (浜松町駅) of the JR Yamanote Line.

Hamamatsucho is one of the stations where the JR Yamanote Line stops. This means you can go to Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Tokyo within a single train ride. Also, apartment rent is cheaper here in comparison to the average rent price of Minato city.

Monthly Cost: 86,000 yen + 6,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 20.16 m2 (1K)
Floor: 8F / 8F
Year Built: 2004
Key Features: Bath & Toilet Separated/Washlet Toilet/Washing Machine Inside/Gas Stove/Self Locking Entrance/Elevator

For more details and contact, check the following link:

2. Tamachi 1K Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

1K apartment located 11 minutes walking from Tamachi Station (田町駅) of the JR Yamanote Line.

Tamachi area is also a relatively cheap area to live in Minato city. Many will associate Tamachi as an area of office buildings, but actually, there are residential areas and you can find supermarkets and other essential services nearby the station.

Monthly Cost: 81,000 yen + 8,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 21.7 m2 (1K)
Floor: 10F / 10F
Year Built: 2004
Key Features: No key money

For more details and contact, check the following link:

3. Shibaurafuto 1K Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

1K apartment located 7 minutes walking from Shibaurafuto Station (芝浦ふ頭駅) of the Yurikamome Line.

A positive point about living in Shibaurafuto is that the train(Yurikamome Line) doesn’t get as full compared to other Lines during rush hour. Also, having the ocean close by makes it nice to go out running outside.

Monthly Cost: 83,000 yen + 6,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 20.16 m2 (1K)
Floor: 4F / 10F
Year Built: 2004
Key Features: Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washlet Toilet/Washing Machine Inside/Gas Stove/Self Locking Entrance/Elevator

For more details and contact, check the following link:

4. Shibakoen 1K Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

1K apartment located 8 minutes walking from Shibakoen Station (芝公園駅) of the Toei Mita Line.

The Shibakoen area is usually not very known as an area for living, but it is a relatively quiet area that is also known to be safe. There may not be many restaurants and shops, but access to larger stations is easy(such as Tokyo and Shinagawa).

Monthly Cost: 85,500 yen + 6,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 21.00 m2 (1K)
Floor: 1F / 7F
Year Built: 1999
Key Features: Free Internet/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washing Machine Inside/Gas Stove/Self Locking Entrance/Elevator/Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

5. Azabu-juban 1K Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

1K apartment located 2 minutes walking from Azabu-juban Station (麻布十番駅) of the Toei Oedo Line.

I will say this off the bat, Azabu-juban is an expensive area to live in. But this is because it is very safe to live in as well as having many services, shops, and restaurants that have service in Engish. It is a very convenient area that is popular among foreign diplomats.

Monthly Cost: 149,000 yen (No Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 28.96 m2 (1K)
Floor: 3F / 9F
Year Built: 2004
Key Features: No key money/Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washlet Toilet/Washing Machine Inside/Built-in Kitchen/Self Locking Entrance/Elevator/Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

6. Omotesando 1LDK Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

1LDK apartment located 12 minutes walking from Omotesando Station (表参道駅) of the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line.

The most attractive point about living in Omotesando is that you will be within walking distance from Shibuya and Harajuku. This means you will have 24-hour services nearby, which provides a comforting feeling.

Monthly Cost: 218,000 yen + 10,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 42.54 m2 (1LDK)
Floor: 4F / 4F
Year Built: 2020
Key Features: No key money/Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/

For more details and contact, check the following link:

7. Roppongi 1R Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

1R apartment located 10 minutes walking from Roppongi Station (六本木駅) of the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.

Roppongi is a popular area for foreigners to live in, and because of this, there are many shops and restaurants nearby that provide service in English. It is also convenient in terms of transportation. You can get to Tokyo, Shibuya, and Shinjuku within 10 minutes by train.

Monthly Cost: 152,000 yen + 8,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 30.36 m2 (1R)
Floor: 3F / 3F
Year Built: 2005
Key Features: No key money/Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washlet Toilet/Washing Machine Inside//Self Locking Entrance/Bicycle Parking/Elevator/Balcony/Pet Allowed

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8. Gaienmae 1LDK Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

1LDK apartment located 6 minutes walking from Gaienmae Station (外苑前駅) of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.

Gaienmae is another very popular area to live in because it has a nice valance between having many restaurants, shops, and services, while also being a quiet, safe area to live in. Access to most large areas is easy as well. Also, it is relatively cheap.

Monthly Cost: 233,000 yen (No Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 48.2 m2 (1LDK)
Floor: 3F / 6F
Year Built: 2006
Key Features: Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washlet Toilet/

For more details and contact, check the following link:

9. Shiodome 1LDK Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent in Minato City

1LDK apartment located 6 minutes walking from Shiodome Station (汐留駅) of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.

Shiodome is an area more associated with office buildings, but there are residential areas as well. It is a popular area especially among single, working young people because access to the main office areas is easy. You will also find many restaurants and shops nearby the station.

Monthly Cost: 275,000 yen (No Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 59.1 m2 (1LDK)
Floor: 20F / 24F
Year Built: 2011
Key Features: Air Conditioner/

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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 Minato-Ku area.

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