Living in Tokyo: Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent In Shibuya

Our 10 picks for Shibuya Apartments for Foreigners

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent In Shibuya

Planning on moving into an apartment in Shibuya?

Living nearby Shibuya has many perks. You will not only be living near one of the leading youth-culture cities in the world, but it is also a strategically convenient location to live transportation-wise.

In this article, I will introduce the pros and cons of living in Shibuya, plus I’ll introduce our 10 picks for places to live near Shibuya.


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 Shibuya city

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

The Shibuya area has been increasing in popularity among foreigners, especially the younger generations, such as university students and young adults.

1. Basic information of Shibuya City

Before I go into specifics, it’s important to know that there’s a difference between “Shibuya” and “Shibuya City”. When people just say “Shibuya”, that usually refers to the area around Shibuya station. However, when people say “Shibuya City” or “Shibuya-ku”, this refers to the ward of Shibuya(Shibuya city is one of the 23 wards that compose Tokyo).

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

Area 15.11 km2
Population 236,402
Population density 15,647/km2
Neighboring wards Minato city, Shinjuku city, Shinagawa city, Meguro city, Setagaya city, Nakano city, and Suginami city

2. Apartment Rent Market Value in Shibuya city

Renting an apartment in Shibuya city is usually not cheap. On average, rent in Shibuya rank in the higher spots when it comes to price. The following table shows the average market price of apartments in Shibuya city. Of course, prices can vary a lot depending on the size, age, and location of the apartment.

1R 94,000 yen/month
1K 109,000 yen/month
1DK 136,000 yen/month
1LDK 181,000 yen/month
2K 148,000 yen/month
2DK 180,000 yen/month
2LDK 239,000 yen/month
3K 207,000 yen/month
3DK 234,000 yen/month
3LDK 294,000 yen/month

3. Merits of becoming a Shibuya citizen

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent In Shibuya

Reasons to live in this area include: having great transportation access to pretty much anywhere, being close to any kind of shops and services, and most importantly, being able to tell your friends abroad that you live in Shibuya!

If you have ever gone to Shibuya station, it may be difficult to imagine living in such a commercially vibrant area where it seems like no one can live there. But actually, if you look just a few train stations apart, you will find many residential areas that are quiet and still have access to many shops and restaurants.

Another attractive point about living in Shibuya city and becoming a citizen is the support you will receive from the city if you have children. Shibuya city will offer subsidies for childbirth, vaccinations, and other medical expenses for children. Some of the checkups for newborn children are completely free as well as some dental checkups.

Also, childcare fees are considerably cheaper in Shibuya city compared to other wards in Tokyo. This makes Shibuya city a good place to live if you have small children or if you’re planning on having children in the near future.

On the other hand, as I mentioned above, being such a convenient place to live makes it difficult to find a cheap apartment. However, there are some hidden gems here and there.

4. Popular Spots in Shibuya City

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent In Shibuya– 1st. Shibuya Center Gai: The iconic street in Shibuya where you can find shops, restaurants, clubs. It is one of the most visited tourist sites in Tokyo.

– 2nd. Yoyogi Park: One of the largest city parks in Tokyo having a total area of 540,529 m2. People visit to relax, exercise and attend events.

– 3rd. Takeshita Street: Harajuku’s busiest fashion street. Birthplace for Japanese kawaii (cute) culture and a hub for spreading Tokyo’s pop culture to the world.

– 4th. Meiji Shrine: One of the most popular and largest Shinto shrines in Tokyo. It is an oasis within the busy towns of Harajuku and Shibuya.

– 5th. Daikanyama: Located just one station apart from Shibuya station, you will find many fancy boutiques, cafes, and fashionable shops.

Our 10 Picks: Apartments in Shibuya

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

1. Sasazuka 1R Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

1R apartment located 3 minutes walking from Sasazuka Station(笹塚駅) of the Keio Line.

Sasazuka is an area that is relatively cheap to live in. It is only 1 station apart from Shinjuku station, making it a very accessible place to live. The town has a nostalgic feel that resembles that of downtown Tokyo of older times.

Monthly Cost: 96,000 yen + 11,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 29.35 m2 (1R) 
Floor: 1F / 15F
Year Built: 2003
Key Features: Renovated/Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washlet Toilet/Washing Machine Inside/Elevator/

For more details and contact, check the following link:

2. Hatagaya 1R Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

1R apartment located 7 minutes walking from Hatagaya station (幡ヶ谷駅) of the Keio New Line.

Hatagaya is also an area that offers apartments that have relatively cheap prices. It is also close to Shinjuku station(it only takes  4 minutes by train). Near the station, there’s a shopping street where you can find most of the essential things.

Monthly Cost: 70,000 yen + 1,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 20 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 3F
Year Built: 1989
Key Features: No key money/

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3. Harajuku 1LDK Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

1LDK apartment located 8 minutes walking from Harajuku station (原宿駅) of the JR Yamanote Line.

Harajuku station is located right between Shibuya station and Shinjuku station, making it very convenient when it comes to transportation. It might be a little expensive in comparison with the previous 2 areas, but you will find pretty much anything nearby.

Monthly Cost: 130,000 yen (No Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 36.12 m2 (1LDK)
Floor: 3F / 5F
Year Built: 1980
Key Features: Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washing Machine Inside/Elevator/Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

4. Ebisu 1R Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

1R apartment located 5 minutes walking from Ebisu station (恵比寿駅) of the JR Yamanote Line.

Ebisu is one of the more popular areas to live in within Shibuya city. Although being just 1 train station  away from Shibuya station, prices are not as high as some might think. It is also an area known to be safe to live in.

Monthly Cost: 65,000 yen + 4,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 13.78 m2 (1R)
Floor: 2F / 4F
Year Built: 1984
Key Features: No deposit/No key money/Gas Stove/Bicycle Parking/Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

5. Hatsudai 1R Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

1R apartment located just 8 minutes walking from Hatsudai station(初台駅) of the Keio New Line.

Hatsudai is an area nearby Shinjuku station. Near the station you can find a 24 hour supermarket which makes it convenient. Also, it is close to Yoyogi park for those who are looking for green areas nearby.

Monthly Cost: 96,000 yen + 11,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 28.04 m2 (1R)
Floor: 5F / 8F
Year Built: 2008
Key Features: Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washlet Toilet/Washing Machine Inside/Self Locking Entrance/Elevator/Balcony

For more details and contact, check the following link:

6. Hiroo 2K Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

2K apartment located 8 minutes walking from Hiroo station (広尾駅) of the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.

Hiroo is another very popular are to live in. Although a little more expensive compared to areas nearby, it is famous for being safe, has fancy shops and cafes, and also a park where you can go for walks.

Monthly Cost: 114,000 yen + 7,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 30.13 m2 (2K)
Floor: 3F / 5F
Year Built: 1995
Key Features: Free rent/No key money/Air Conditioner/Washlet Toilet/

For more details and contact, check the following link:

7. Yoyogi 1R Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

1R apartment located 5 minutes walking from Yoyogi Station (代々木駅) of the JR Yamanote Line.

Yoyogi is located right between Shinjuku station(2 minutes by train) and Shibuya station(5 minutes by train). You can actually walk to Shinjuku and it will only take you about 10 minutes.

Monthly Cost: 99,000 yen + 5,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 19.11 m2 (1R)
Floor: 3F / 4F
Year Built: 2016
Key Features: Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washlet Toilet/Washing Machine Inside/

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8. Shirokanedai 1K Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

1K apartment located 12 minutes walking from Shirokanedai Station (白金台駅) of the Toei Mita Line.

Compared to the other areas on this list, Shirokanedai is located a little more removed from the major stations such as Shibuya station(14 minutes by train). However, it is a popular area for being quiet and having posh cafes and restaurants nearby.

Monthly Cost: 106,000 yen + 7,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 23.19 m2 (1K)
Floor: 4F / 10F
Year Built: 2021
Key Features: Free Internet/Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washlet Toilet/Washing Machine Inside/Self Locking Entrance/Elevator/Balcony

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9. Yoyogihachiman 1K Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

1K apartment located 0 minutes walking from the bus stop that takes you to Yoyogihachiman station (代々木八幡駅) of the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.

Although being a relatively expensive area to live, Yoyogihachiman area is popular for being quiet, safe, and being just 5 minutes away by train to Shinjuku station.

Monthly Cost: 93,000 yen + 3,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 21.08 m2 (1K)
Floor: 2F / 4F
Year Built: 2014
Key Features: Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated/Washing Machine Inside/Induction Stove

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10. Yoyogikoen 1K Apartment

Best Apartments Foreigners Can Rent Near Shibuya

1K apartment located 8 minutes walking from Yoyogikoen Station (代々木公園駅) of the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.

Yoyogikoen area is popular for being close to Yoyogi park(“Yoyogikoen” literally means “Yoyogi park”). Compared to other locations on this list, it is a little removed from major areas such as Shinjuku(10 minutes by train) and Shibuya(20 minutes by train).

Monthly Cost: 159,000 yen + 8,000 yen (Maintenance Fee)
Type: Apartment
Size: 27.24 m2 (1K)
Floor: 8F / 9F
Year Built: 2018
Key Features: Free Internet/Air Conditioner/Bath & Toilet Separated//Washing Machine Inside/Built-in Kitchen/Walk-in Closet/Self Locking Entrance/Elevator/Balcony

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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 Shibuya area.

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