Guest houses for foreigners, commonly called "gaijin houses" are convenient as you don't need a guarantor,
a long-term visa or to pay the normal 4 months deposit and key money. They can be rented monthly or sometimes even on
a weekly or daily basis. They are usually good places to meet people. Start by checking this Guest House Links which includes most of the guest houses for foreigners in Japan. Here is a selection for the
Tokyo area :
Good quality guest houses and apartments in central Tokyo for foreigners only.
More numerous than guest houses. They usually require a guarantor + deposit and/or
key money. The advantadge is being able to choose any type, size and location you want. The following
links tend to be more foreigner oriented and also have short-term and guarantor-free apartments.
Apartment search engine in English for Tokyo's 23 wards. Some short-term apartments as well.
Daily, weekly, monthly apartments and guest houses.
Plenty of guesthouses, apartments and monthly mansions, mainly in West-Central Tokyo.
Short & long stay apartments and guesthouses at various locations mainly in West-Central Tokyo.
Confortable serviced apartment in central Tokyo. Site and service in English and Japanese.
Hotels, Ryokan and Minshuku
Extensive listing of the cheaper hotels, hostels, ryokans, minshukus or other places (temples...) in
Weekly and monthly mansions
Weekly and monthly mansions are used mainly by Japanese people. They are often more expensive
and not always better than "gaijin houses". They enjoy the same advantages (no deposit, no guarantor, no furniture needed
and can be rented for the short term), but if you want to meet people, that is definitely not the place to be. The attraction
is that they are much more numerous than "gaijin houses", which makes it possible to choose almost any neighbourhood
in Tokyo. However, you'll need to read and speak some Japanese to find them. The following sites have the most extensive and
user-friendly listing. Just choose your area, price range, and desired size.
Weekly and Monthly mansions in all Japan