Rules and Custom for Living in Japan



To live in an apartment or condominium, you need to follow rules for living in Japan.

It is very important to have a harmonious neighborhood, so if you do not follow the rules, you may cause trouble, and in some cases, you may end up in being complaint to the police or have to pay a fine.

① Noise

Noise can be perceived as"annoying" by different people.

Most of Japanese think of their home as a place to relax and spend time quietly, so "inviting friends over and having a good time" can cause probably disturbance.

Even if you are fine with it, your neighbors may find it irritating, so please be careful about noise.

Common noises

  1. Listening to loud music
  2. Talking to friends on loudspeaker
  3. Invite friends over and talk loudly
  4. Having a home party
  5. Making loud phone calls in the middle of the night

Japanese houses, especially apartments, have thin walls, so you may hear next-door neighbors easily, so even if you are not talking loudly, be careful when using the phone, especially at night.

②Garbage Disposal Rules

In Japan, you have to separate it into small groups before throwing them away.

Some countries are not so strict with the segregation of garbage, so it is important to understand the rules of garbage separation before throwing them away.

If you do not follow the garbage disposal rules, your garbage will not be picked up, you may have sanitation problem, or crows may scatter your garbage, and you may have a problem with cleaning up the mess.

For detailed garbage disposal rules, please click here.

③Letting a friend stay for a while without permission

In Japan, most properties prohibit renting out rented rooms to others without permission.

In other countries, you may let afriend stay in your room temporarily, but this is not allowed in Japan.

If you signed a contract to live alone, you are not allowed to live with your friends without permission. If you decide to live with your friends, you must tell the real estate agency and get their approval.

Neighbors may feel very uneasy and scared when they see strangers coming and going out of their vicinity.

From a foreigner's point of view, you may think you are helping a friend in need, but in Japan, it is against the rules, so you cannot share a room.

④Do not remodel the room without permission

In Japan, you are not allowed to remodel a rented room without permission.

Specifically, "changing the color of the walls," "making large holes," and "changing the layout of the room" are prohibited. If you do so, you must restore the room to its original condition when you move out.

Restoration costs can be quite expensive, so please do not alter the rented room as much as possible.

In Japan, an apartment must be returned in its original state.

⑤Do not fail to pay rent on time.

Rent is paid monthly.

If you fail to do so, you may be evicted or just leave.

Forgetting to pay" or "I don't have the money right now" are not acceptable reasons, so make sure you choose to live in a place you can affoed.

If the number of foreigners who fail to pay their rent on time increases, there is a possibility that the owner will say that he/she will no longer accept foreign tenants, and there will be limited choice for housing.

Therefore, please make sure to pay your rent sufficiently and on time.

⑥Do not keep pets without permission

In Japan, only a limited number of houses allow pets (dogs, cats, etc.).

If you want to keep a pet, check if the property allows pets before keeping it.

The reason why very few properties allow pets is because they may damage, it will "damage the floor or furniture," "make noises," or "leave smells in the room.

If you keep a pet without permission, it may cause trouble in the neighborhood or be in violation of the contract, and you may be ordered to vacate the apartment.


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