Thursday, November 5, 2015

CLIHO Shimoakatsuka Shared House for long-term stay

It is very difficult for foreigners to rent apartment in Japan due to language barrier and lack of guarantor. The rental procedure is also very complex and you are required to pay lots of fees like gift money, key-change fee, agent fee, deposit and first month rental. I blogged about this bad experience 4 years ago when I first went for my house hunting: Rental Nightmare in Tokyo. However with this CLIHO shared house, you can rent your own private room in a Japanese house setting and environment easily.

There are a total of 24 rooms split between 2 buildings and half are rented out to foreigners. Each room has a bed, small table, large open wardrobe and even a small fridge to keep your fruits and beer cool. You will get a fresh new bedding set on your first day that includes a pillow case, a pillow, a bed sheet as well as a cleaned futon and cover. There is also a pretty fast WIFI connection throughout the building and you can connect easily in your own room. 

Shower rooms and toilets are shared so you need to keep these places clean and pick up your hair after each shower. Fortunately, there are cleaners who will come twice a week to clean up these public areas.

Because this is a shared house targeted for people staying in Japan for more than a month, you will need to buy your own slippers, towels, clothes hanger and even hand soap. Iron and ironing board however can be borrowed from first floor.

In conclusion, this is a nice cosy place for people looking for somewhere between a dormitory and own apartment. You have a shared space to mingle with other tenants (both from Japan and other countries) and your own room to work and sleep in. There are also plenty of eateries, convenient stores and a supermarket nearby so getting everyday necessities and food is no problem. The shared house is also just a 2-min walk to the nearest train station and a 20-min train ride to Ikebukuro.

Amenities/Facilities located mostly at first floor (shared):
  • Kitchen equipped with microwave oven, kettle and electric stoves. Pots, pans, mugs and cutlery are also available for use.
  • Dining area with TV
  • Shower rooms
  • Toilet with bidet (on each floor)
  • Wash basin (on each floor)
  • Coin Laundry (200yen per wash up to 4.5kg load)
  • Laundry Dryer (100yen per 20min)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Access to rooftop to dry clothes/smoke
  • Assigned shoe rack space near the entrance.
  • Hot water available for wash basin and shower all day
  • Automated mailbox for putting in parcels when you are away (take note that this is only available at the Freshroom building with entrance facing main road so you have to specify this in Japanese when ordering goods online)
  • Just 2 min to Chikatestu Akatsuka station (Yurakucho Line) and Shimoakatsuka station (Tobu-Tojo line).
  • Pharmacy that also sells daily necessities like tissue paper, drinks and snacks.
  • Discount shop that sells daily necessities and simple electronics (I would recommend 100yen shops at Ikebukuro for small items)
  • Supermarket
  • Convenient stores
  • Plenty of restaurants and cafe, such as Saizeriya, Gusto, Sukiya, Matsuya, Freshness Burger, Macdonalds, etc. No worry of getting no food.
Fees: 61,000~74,000 yen monthly with a minimum of a month's stay.

For more information and contact:
There will be someone who can speak English to communicate with you.

Other Photos:
 My building has 2 washing machines and a large dryer.

I tried using the rooftop drying rack for my towels and jeans. There were some clips there for everyone to use.

 Shoe rack at entrance and assigned cabinet space.

Main entrance to building with the yellow automated mail boxes.


  1. The pricing is quite good and comparable to hostels.

    1. Yes but hostels provide everything and you can stay there for just a few days. For shared house, you will have to buy almost everything so it is better for people who are staying for at least 2-3 months.



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