• Shunya D. Wade

    Great post! I’m moving to Japan in a little more than a month and I’m trying to figure out if a guesthoue or sharehouse is my best option. I want to live with Japanese people so I’ve mainly looked at these two. Hopefully I won’t be isolated. :-(

    • thejapanguy

      There may be some isolation from time to time, but you’ll be alright. If I did it, you can do it, Shunya. Hopefully you’re here now and you ended up with a good group of people.

  • Cassie

    Late to the party but I just wanted to comment on how I exactly feel about sharehouses! You get to be with a diverse group of peopne gets assigned and everybody is so nice! Thankfully everyone gets assigned chores so the house isn’t too messy. However, sometimes you may feel like an outsider if you join a sharehouse and of course you have less privacy but overall it is a good experience!

    • thejapanguy

      200% agree, Cassie! Thanks for sharing.

  • Moogiechan

    Did you make schedules for the shared facilities, like kitchen, shower, washing machine, etc.? Did people get offended if someone stayed in their room all the time?

    • thejapanguy

      Moogiechan! Well we made schedules for cleaning the things that we shared, but there wasn’t really a schedule for using those things. I thought maybe if I woke up super early, I could be the first in the shower. But one dude in the house always had the same idea. He was in the shower, like clockwork, around 5 or 6 am.

      People didn’t get offended. But I must say there was this weird air in the house, though. The Japanese people were cordial but didn’t associate as much with the foreigners in the house.

      I tried to fix this by talking with people a bit more in Japanese, but it didn’t seem to help very much. I honestly don’t think this is the way it has to be, though.

      There was one Japanese tenant who came while I was staying there, who was completely different. I talked to him all the time. So in the end it really just depends on the people living in the house.

  • djhailz

    I’m living in a sharehouse right now and couldn’t agree with you more. The rent/move in process is simple, everything is up front, and you don’t need to worry about furnishings. However, when I first moved in, it hit me that the photos were completely different from reality – the photos must have been taken when noone was living in the house – now its a mess. Secondly, the cleaning situation is the same as well – but I think that would happen anywhere in the world. I don’t have too much of a problem with the privacy as I do have my own room and I don’t mind noise – but I do wish the people in my house were a bit more social. But again, it does depend on the people. My friend lives at another sharehouse where its social social social all the time. It probably helps that you have to pass through the living area to get to your room – whereas in my house, you can bypass the living area. Oh well. Hit and miss I think – but then, its always easy to just choose another sharehouse. I do have 3 suitcases however, and I am very lazy… so I’m just thinking the pros outweigh the cons for now.

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