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Kobe Expat Areas and Housing Rate

We here provide guidance about residential properties for foreign expats. We introduce primary residence location of foreigners in Kobe city, the average rental rates per size of unit, and recommended rental properties for expats with English-speaking services.


The data below has been derived from actual rental prices updated by our recent contracts.

Kobe - Expat Areas and Average Rental Rate

  • Ashiya-city

    Ashiya City is known as an outstanding upper-class residential area in Kansai District, having detached houses with a big garden and low-rise apartments located on the hilly land. Convenient for commuting to Osaka and easy access to various international schools.

    【Average rental prices】
      Size (sqm) Rent ( in 10,000 JPY units)
    Apartment   Low Mid High
    1 bedroom 50 10 20 60
    2 bedrooms 80 20 40 70
    3 bedrooms 120 25 50 90
    4 bedrooms+ 200 NA 60 90
    House   Low Mid High
    3 bedrooms 150 25 40 NA
    4 bedrooms+ 200 NA 60 100
    【Featured Properties for Expats】
  • Kobe-city  Chuo-ku

    The area is in the center of Kobe City.
    Foreigner-friendly tower apartments attract singles, DINKS, and families who like the active city life. Easy access to various international schools.

    【Average rental prices】
      Size (sqm) Rent ( in 10,000 JPY units)
    Apartment   Low Mid High
    1 bedroom 50 10 20 30
    2 bedrooms 80 15 30 55
    3 bedrooms 120 20 35 60
    4 bedrooms+ 200 NA 55 130
    House   Low Mid High
    3 bedrooms 150 NA NA NA
    4 bedrooms+ 200 NA NA NA
    【Featured Properties for Expats】
  • Kobe-city  Higashinada-ku, Nada-ku

    Quiet and restful areas. Foreigner-friendly environment is well established such as international schools and social clubs attracting many foreign residents.

    Rokko Island Area Guide

    【Average rental prices】
      Size (sqm) Rent ( in 10,000 JPY units)
    Apartment   Low Mid High
    1 bedroom 50 10 15 27
    2 bedrooms 80 12 20 40
    3 bedrooms 120 20 35 80
    4 bedrooms+ 200 NA 65 130
    House   Low Mid High
    3 bedrooms 150 25 35 50
    4 bedrooms+ 200 NA 50 95
    【Featured Properties for Expats】
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