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If you're going to live in Tokyo for a working holiday,
live in a share house!

Contents

  1. What is a working holiday?
  2. How is it different from other visas?
  3. What other countries do people come to Japan from?
  4. Why Oakhouse?
  5. Resident interviews
  6. Best share houses for working holidays
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What is a working holiday?

Reference: Ministry of Foreign Affairs - "Working holiday | Ministry of Foreign Affairs" (2019-12-03)

The working holiday system is an agreement between countries that issues visas to young people to facilitate travel and work.

In most cases, the visa provides for a stay of 1 year, and visa holders are allowed to go sightseeing, work, and study.

There are many different ways to use the visa. Some spend their time traveling throughout Japan. Some study Japanese for half a year and then either work full-time or have a part-time job while studying. There's actually quite a bit of freedom on the working holiday visa.

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How is it different from other visas?

While a regular student visa places limits on the amount of time you are allowed to work, or a working visa may have a high barrier to entry, the working holiday visa has no such limits.

While the working holiday visa can enable you to have a wide variety of experiences, you may only obtain one working holiday visa per country. Also, in most cases you must be between 18 to 30 years old, and you can only have one year.

Though the working holiday visa has these sorts of limits, it is a very important visa for young people full of ambition. That's why it's recommended to know exactly when and where you will go, and what you plan to do.

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What other countries do people come to Japan from?

Reference: e-Stat government statistics department "Visa issuing statistics | File | Statistics | Search data" (2019-12-03)

Starting in 1980 with Australia and continuing to 2019 when Lithuania was added, Japan has a working holiday agreement with 23 countries. The number of visas issued is increasing every year, with 13,958 working holiday visas issued in 2016, 15,521 issued in 2017, and 17,730 issued in 2018.

Once you've secured the privilege to travel to another country, the hardest part is finding a place to stay! You might run into all sorts of snags:

  • Initial payments are confusing and expensive
  • Real estate agents may not speak your language
  • Agencies may be hesitant to rent to foreigners
  • Agencies are not willing to rent short-term
  • You want to be able to move in as soon as you arrive, so you won't have time to see the place in advance
  • It might be hard to meet people
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That's why we recommend a share house!

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Why Oakhouse?

  • Oakhouse offers from 6,600 rooms, the most in Japan
  • Assistance in 5 languages: English, Korean, Chinese, French, Japanese
  • No limits on gender, nationality, age, occupation, or income
  • Contracts from as short as 1 month, and no renewal fees
  • See demographic data for each house (gender, age, nationality)
  • See the house online with our 3D view
  • Take part in house events where you can get to know people as well as Japanese culture

These are the kinds of people living in Oakhouse

Resident information

By gender

By country

By age

Resident interviews

We interviewed Oakhouse residents who came to Japan on working holiday

At Oakhouse there are several residents who came to Japan on a working holiday visa.
We asked them about their life in Japan, in a share house, and their work and studies.

Interviews

Best share houses for working holidays

APART & SHAREHOUSE
PREMIERE NISHI ARAI

PREMIERE NISHI ARAI

Tobu-Daishi line / Daishimae 10minutes

Move in conditions: Female Male Foreigner

  • Non-Smoking house

Rooms for 2 or more available

¥39,000 - ¥58,000

Pay no contract fee!

Vacancy

Share house and apartment in quiet residential neigh……

SHAREHOUSE
PREMIERE SHINAGAWA NISHI OOI

PREMIERE SHINAGAWA NISHI OOI

JR-Yokosuka line / Nishi Oi 7minutes

Move in conditions: Female Male Foreigner

  • Non-Smoking house

Rooms for 2 or more available

¥43,000 - ¥83,000

Pay no contract fee!

Vacancy

Large room with semi-double bed and two-seater sofa ……

SHAREHOUSE
FLORA HANEDA AIRPORT

FLORA HANEDA AIRPORT

Keikyu-Airport line / Kojiya 6minutes

Move in conditions: Female Foreigner

  • Women only
  • Non-Smoking house

Rooms for 2 or more available

¥35,000 - ¥56,000

Beat COVID-19! Campaign

Women only houses Vacancy

【Right there! Haneda Airport!】 Renovated clean women……

SHAREHOUSE
OAKHOUSE SHINJUKU CITY VIEW

OAKHOUSE SHINJUKU CITY VIEW

Toei-Oedo line / Nishishinjuku Gochome 4minutes

Move in conditions: Female Male Foreigner

  • Cable TV

Rooms for 2 or more available

¥51,000 - ¥65,000

Beat COVID-19! Campaign

Vacancy

Sharehouse in the heart of Shinjuku - less than 5 mi……

SOCIAL RESIDENCE
SOCIAL RESIDENCE HAIJIMA

SOCIAL RESIDENCE HAIJIMA

JR-Itsukaichi line / Haijima 8minutes

Move in conditions: Female Male Foreigner

  • Cable TV

Rooms for 2 or more available

¥23,000 - ¥68,000

Beat COVID-19! Campaign【Up to 3 months】

Vacancy

For outdoor lovers! 8-min walk from station- 11-mins……

SHAREHOUSE
THE EARTH HANEDA

THE EARTH HANEDA

Keikyu-Airport line / Otorii 10minutes

Move in conditions: Female Male Foreigner

  • Non-Smoking house

Rooms for 2 or more available

¥40,000 - ¥61,000

Beat COVID-19! Campaign

Full

You can commute to Shinagawa Station in 11 minutes w……

SHAREHOUSE
CAFE SAKURA TOKYO

CAFE SAKURA TOKYO

Tokyu-Tamagawa line / Numabe 7minutes

Move in conditions: Female Foreigner

  • Women only
  • Non-Smoking house

¥56,000 - ¥74,000

Pay no contract fee!

Women only houses Vacancy

Women-only house next to 80-yr-old sakura tree. Room……

SOCIAL RESIDENCE
Social Residence Ichigao NORTH

Social Residence Ichigao NORTH

Tokyu-Denentoshi line / Ichigao 9minutes

Move in conditions: Female Male Foreigner

Rooms for 2 or more available

¥40,000 - ¥95,000

Beat COVID-19! Campaign

Vacancy

Recommended for those who want to refresh themselves……

SHAREHOUSE
PREMIERE KICHIJOJI

PREMIERE KICHIJOJI

Keio-Inokashira line / Inokashira Koen 15minutes

Move in conditions: Female Male Foreigner

  • Cable TV

Rooms for 2 or more available

¥43,000 - ¥58,000

Beat COVID-19! Campaign

Vacancy

27 minutes by train to Shibuya. Large share house wi……

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