Furnished Apartments and Guesthouses in Tokyo

1.What is Fontana?

2.Why choose Fontana?

Find a place
    3.2 Book a showing
    3.3 Reservation process
    3.4 What’s needed to rent from Fontana?

4.Our Apartments and Guesthouses
    4.1 Minimum stay
    4.2 Internet
    4.3 Utilities


5.Moving in with Fontana
Arranging the move-in
   5.2 Move-in day
   5.3 Move-in process in short

6.During your stay
   6.2 Apartments
   6.3 Things that Fontana will repair/replace
   6.4 Friend or family coming over to stay
   6.5 Paying your rent

   7.1 Submitting the moving -out notice
   7.2 Final Payment
   7.3 Move-out day
   7.4 Information about the security deposit

What is Fontana?

Fontana is a real estate company providing affordable apartments and guesthouses in the heart of Tokyo.
Established in 1990, we currently rent out over 800 furnished apartments and rooms in convenient, central locations.

Why choose Fontana?

With over 25 years of experience, we know how difficult and expensive it can be for foreign nationals to find a place to live in Tokyo.
Most Japanese real estate agencies do not rent out to foreign nationals and if they do, the initial cost is usually around 4-6 months’ worth
of rent with additional contract and renewal fees, and what’s more is that you will then need to get your own furniture.

Instead, what you will get at Fontana is the following:

No key money

No agency fee

No maintenance fee

No contract renewal fee

No guarantor needed

All nationalities are welcome

Fully furnished

Possible to move in the same day

Simple contract procedure

Find a place

On our easily navigated website you can find an apartment or guesthouse room which suits you and your needs.
You can search by location, rental price, train line etc.

Book a showing

If you are already in Japan and want to see a place that you are interested in, please get in touch
with us to book a viewing appointment day and time. One of our agents will take you by car from our office and give you a guided inspection of the property.

Please note that we will need to give a notice before the visit can take place, should there be a person currently living in the property.

Reservation process

To reserve a room with Fontana, you can contact us by phone, e-mail, Skype, Facebook or via our website and inform us
which property you are interested in. One of our agents will then guide you through the reservation process.
Once you have decided upon a place you like, you can then pay a reservation fee to secure it.

Reservation Fees:
Guesthouse room: ¥20.000
Private Apartment: ¥30.000

We will keep the room pre-reserved in your name for 3 days until we can confirm that the reservation fee has been paid.
After the payment has been confirmed, one of our agents will then contact you with information regarding the move-in procedure.

If the reservation fee is not paid within 3 days, the property will be made available again for other prospective tenants.
You can pay the reservation fee either in cash at our office, via Paypal or by bank transfer.

The reservation fee will be added to your security deposit after you sign the lease contract.

Please note that the reservation fee is non-refundable.

Once you have paid your reservation fee, you have a window period of a maximum of 10 days in which to move in and start paying your rent, or 10 days from the day in which the property will become available. 
For example, if you made a reservation for a property available from June 10th, you would have to move in before June 20th as this is the day from which you will charged rent whether you move in or not.   

What’s needed to rent from Fontana?

We will need a copy of your ID (e.g. Passport or Residence Card), Security deposit and the first month’s rent.
You need to come to our office to sign the rental contract and take care of the payment.

With Fontana you do not need a guarantor. Instead, Fontana will act as your guarantor and in return we require
that you always pay your rent on time.

Our Apartments and Guesthouses

Minimum stay

The minimum stay in our apartments is 2 months and 1 month for guesthouses.


Internet is free of charge in all of our properties.



In our apartments, gas, water and electricity are not included.
In general gas, water and electricity are not included in the rental price. Before you move in to your apartment we will contact each respective company and setup the utility contracts in your name. You will then receive the bills in your post-box around 1 month from the time you move in. 
You can pay the bills at any convenience store.


Utilities are normally included in the rent. Please refer to the specific property page for details.
Moving in with Fontana

Arranging the move-in

Once the reservation has been confirmed, the sales representative in charge will contact you to arrange a move-in time between 10.30 and 17.30 and explain the check in procedure.

*Note that if your arrival time exceeds the time previously fixed by your agent, you will need to find an accommodation

for the night and come again the next day to move in.

**The contract signature and move in inspection must be done by the tenant in person. It cannot be done by a third
party on your behalf.

***Note that we cannot hand you the keys without performing the check in inspection.

Move-in day

On the day of your move-in we will first meet at our office in Shin-Nakano. There one of our agents will take you through the contract and take any
remaining payments if due.

Lastly, we will accompany you to the apartment or guesthouse and complete a walkthrough inspection.

Move-in process in short

Arrange a date and time for your move-in with your agent.

Meet at our office in Shin-Nakano.

Go through the contract.

Payment of Security Deposit and Rent.

We make a copy of your ID (e.g. Passport or Residence Card). 

We accompany you to the apartment or guesthouse room to complete the move-in.

During your stay


The common spaces in our guesthouses are cleaned on a weekly basis by our cleaning staff. However, the tenants are
responsible for the cleaning of their private rooms and to clean up after themselves after using the shower, kitchen and toilet etc.
If you have an extra guest staying over in your room we will charge you an extra ¥10,000 per month.

We also rent out futon sets for ¥5,000.


When you are staying in a private apartment you will be responsible for the everyday maintenance and taking care of it.
This includes for example, making sure to separate and dispose of the garbage on the designated days, keeping the sink and shower
drains from getting clogged etc.

Things that Fontana will repair/replace

Gas stove/IH stove
Washing machine
Major damages such as water leaks, cracks etc.

Friend or family coming over to stay

If you have a friend or family coming over, they are welcome to stay without any extra charge. We would however like you to
provide Fontana with a copy of identification of the person staying.

Paying rent

The rent is due on the 28th of each month and you always pay for the coming month. For example, on or before the 28th of July, you will
need to pay the rent for August.
You can pay the rent at our office, by bank transfer or via PayPal.

Be advised that there will be transfer fees involved when paying by bank transfer or Paypal.


If you want to pay through PayPal, please send an email to your agent who will then send an invoice to you – It is your
responsibility to make sure the rent has been paid, so if you do not receive an invoice even if you have asked for one
please contact the office directly. 

Bank transfer

You can pay either with a Japanese bank account or foreign bank account, please use the following information:

Domestic Bank Transfer

Bank name: Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank
Branch name: Nakano branch #151
Account number: 0503146
Account type: Futsu
Account holder: Fontana

International Bank Transfer

Bank name: Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank
Branch name: Nakano branch #151
Account number: 0503146
Account type: Futsu
Swift code: BOTKJPJT
Account holder: Fontana


Submitting the moving-out notice

Before you move-out you will need to give us notice at least one month in advance with the exact date you intend to leave, otherwise the rent will be due in full.
You can give your notice via email, in person at our office or via telephone. Please ensure that you also receive a confirmation
via email or that you sign the move-out notice form in our office.
If you are living in an apartment you will need to call the gas, water and electricity companies to cancel your contracts with them. One of our agents will explain this 
in more detail when you submit your move-out notice.

Once we have received your move-out notice, the apartment or the room you are renting will be advertised on our website again.
Therefore, it is likely that a potential tenant would like to view the apartment/room. If that is the case, we will contact you before any visit will be made.

Finally, please arrange a time on the move-out day between 10.30 – 17.30 you wish for one of our agents to come and inspect the apartment/room.

Final payment

Your rent is always due on the 28th of each month, even if you are moving out at the beginning of the next month.
The rent will then be calculated until your move-out date.

For example:

You give the notice of moving out on the 15th of July, you will then need to pay rent until August 15th on or before July 28th.

Move-out day

What you need to have prepared before moving out

If you are living in an apartment you will need to call the gas, water and electricity companies to cancel your contracts.
They will send a representative so that you can pay your final bills. Please keep the receipt for water and electricity as
Fontana will need to keep them or copies of them to verify the utilities have been paid.
We suggest you contact the utility companies around one week prior to your move-out day.

Please note that you will have to close your gas contract as well, however, you will not need to provide the final receipt to Fontana
in order to get the security deposit back.

Electricity: 0120-995-005 (Dial 2 at the automated message)
Water: 03-5326-1100 (Weekends 03-5326-1102)
Gas: 03-5722-0111

Information about the Security Deposit

To be able to rent from Fontana you will need to pay a partially refundable security deposit equal to 1 months's rent for a private apartment and half a month's rent for a guesthouse room.

Private Apartments: 1 months' rent
Guesthouse rooms: 0.5 month's rent

Getting back your Security Deposit

On the day of move-out one of our agents will come to your apartment or guesthouse for inspection.
Make sure that you have emptied the apartment/room of all your personal belongings and that you have not left any garbage.
For apartments, you will need to provide us with the final bills for the water and electricity.

All keys (including copies) need to be returned to Fontana on the day of your move-out.
If everything is in order you will then get back the security deposit minus a cleaning fee corresponding to the amount stated in your contract.

Once the deposit has been returned and the keys have been given back to Fontana, the customer will no longer have access to the apartment/room they checked out from.