Wagaya Website Information
What is Wagaya?
Wagaya is more than just a place to live, it is a community.
For the last 4 years we have been providing share houses that offer affordable, flexible, supportive and safe communal living with friends. Wagaya accommodation is very different from an apartment or hotel because we create a strong network which includes activities, family meetings (whole share house meetings), parties, trips and outings.
Life in our share houses is fun, able to cater for international needs, and always offering new experiences to our residents.
Benefits of living in a Wagaya Share House.
Staying in a share house has many advantages.
- 1) The best way to enjoy life in Japan is through making Japanese friends and living as a part of a vibrant community. Wagaya share houses provide a fun and relaxed environment for people from many countries to live together with native Japanese speakers in affordable and safe accommodation.
- 2) Living in a Wagaya share house alleviates the pressure of having to purchase or rent furnishings or household items. To move into Wagaya accommodation, you need nothing more than clothing and personal items. All shared living areas are fully furnished, and futons (Japanese style mattresses) can be arranged as part of the rental agreement.
- 3) Wagaya share houses organise utilities and bills on a shared basis. You do not have to go through the trouble of applying for services in Japan.
- 4) All Wagaya houses are located in a good location for city access. Regular bus, subway and train routes help to make Sapporo a very convenient city and we do our best to ensure that transportation is as easy as possible for all residents.
- 5) Wagaya runs A LOT of social and community events. Alongside informal social gatherings, the Wagaya team also organise a variety of events at least once a month. These are reasonably priced, well attended and a lot of fun! In the last 6 months we have run everything from BBQs, to sporting events, to day trips and more.
- 6) As a resident of Wagaya you can access free car rental for your own trips or excursions. In order to make the most of some of the most beautiful parts of Hokkaido, a car is often recommended in order to fully enjoy your experience. (Please note, there are some conditions on usage).
- 7) Wagaya share houses can arrange short and long-term bicycle rental for a very reasonable cost. Sapporo is a compact city, so cycling is a very convenient and cheap way to travel.
- 8) Wagaya share houses attract residents from many countries, which helps to create a diverse and fun living environment. Currently more than 100 people from over 25 countries live in the Wagaya community.
- 9) The Wagaya network can also support you to find employment locally. We have supported many residents to gain and maintain a variety of short term and long term employment opportunities.
- 10) When you arrive, all new residents are invited to a ‘welcome party’ to introduce you to your new housemates. Through living, cooking and socialising together you will make memories and friendships that last.We look forward to meeting you.
Wagaya Share houses
We have various share houses within Sapporo city.
In a Wagaya share house you will share a communal living room, kitchen, bathroom/ shower-room with your housemates, but have a private bedroom.
- Maruyama: Wagaya Maruyama is one of the biggest sharehouses in Hokkaido, and ideally placed for easy transportation into the city. It is also surrounded by restaurants, parks and shops.
- Plus: Wagaya Plus is very close to the centre of Sapporo and attracts a variety of residents from many countries.
- Haco: Wagaya Haco sees many residents from the local Hokkaido University.It has many unique features such as a Goemon bath (Japanese traditional bath).
People of all ages, genders, nationalities and religious background are able to enjoy life in Sapporo through living in a Wagaya share house. At present we have residents from throughout North America, East and South Asia, and Europe, which offers many opportunities for language exchange and learning about other cultures.
Example -If you want to stay two months in the summer (60 days)-
|Rent and Common Fee
||16,000yen (8,000yen/month) ※in winter +4,000yen/month
|Futon Rental Cost
1712yen per day ! ※ Rent fee is different each room. So lets ask me first.
Frequently Asked Questions
- QWhat kind of documents do I need to sign the lease agreement?
- AIn order to sign the lease agreement, you need only to sign the contract provided by Wagaya. In order to do so you need to only provide a form of current identification, such as a passport. Additionally, each share house will provide ‘house rules’ which offer guidelines for specific responsibilities for living together. Throughout your stay in a Wagaya share house we just ask that you follow the contract and the rules. If you have any questions about these at any point, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Wagaya team.
- QWhat is the deposit?
- AA deposit is required to secure your stay in Wagaya. On the basis that the property and furnishings are not damaged by you throughout your stay, this money will be refunded in full when you leave the accommodation. In the occasion of damage or breakages, there may be some deductions in the amount returned.
- QDo I need a guarantor?
- AIf you do not have a guarantor in Japan we require 2 month’s rental fee as a standard deposit (if a guarantor can be supplied this is one month’s rental fee). This amount is fully refunded when you leave the accommodation, according the the deposit rules.
- QWhat is the minimum length of room rental?
- AIn normal instances we offer a minimum rental contract of 6 months. In some occasions it is possible to arrange a lease for a shorter amount of time, but in this situation we do not offer a refund of the deposit. In the case of cancellation less than six months, there is also no refund of the deposit. Please talk to us directly for more information.
- QAre there any house rules I have to abide by throughout my stay?
- AEach share house has different rules to ensure that living together is a good experience for all residents, but these are reasonably agreed and discussed throughout the process of family (share house) meetings.