Limited on-campus housing is available at the Wako, Tsukuba and Harima campuses.
Wako Institute: Sakura House and Nishina Lodge
These are both for short-term stays. Sakura House is the name for the eighteen single rooms on the 1st to 3rd floors of International House's H Building. Visitors can stay here for 2500 yen per night, for up to 30 nights.
Nishina Lodge consists of eighteen single rooms in one building. The biggest difference with Sakura House is that Nishina Lodge is mainly for the Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science. People doing cyclotron experiments get priority, and the fee per night is either 1600 yen or 3300 yen, depending on the person's position.
Every room in Sakura House and Nishina Lodge has a bed, table, chair, reading lamp, refrigerator, electric water-heater, bed linen, towels, mat, teacup, glass, hangers, slippers, and soap. Rooms in Sakura House also have TVs. Rooms in Nishina Lodge each also have yukata (summer kimono, for use as pajamas), shoehorn, clothes brush, bottle-opener, can-opener, and tea. Both buildings have communal washing machines.
Wako Institute: I-House
I-House (International House) is a set of apartment buildings primarily for foreign researchers and their families who are staying for more than a month. It consists of A, C, E, F, G, and H buildings. (D building and B building are used for the RIKEN Kids Wako childcare facility.)
Each apartment is fully furnished with bedding, crockery and basic cooking utensils. Family-type units also come with washing machines, whereas a communal laundry area is available for single residents.
I-House has 76 single resident units ranging from 21 to 45 square meters with monthly rents starting from 38,000 yen. There are also 65 family units ranging from 44 to 61 square meters with monthly rents starting from 40,000 yen. Apartments will be selected based on the needs of the researcher and the accommodations available. Utilities will be billed separately for each unit.
The Yokohama Institute does not have on-campus housing, but can sometimes arrange for short-term accommodation at a nearby facility for international students. Yokohama Institute staff can also assist researchers coming to Japan to work full-time at RIKEN in finding long-term accommodation.
The Kobe Institute does not have on-campus housing, but the SCIA staff will assist you to find somewhere to stay. To keep the startup costs and hassle to a minimum, the Kobe Institute has established an agreement with Kobe's municipal housing authority to allow our research staff to rent clean, modern and conveniently located apartments with no security deposit or key money and no requirement for a third-party guarantor—just pay the first month's rent in advance. Of course, a full range of privately maintaned apartments and homes are also available, and the SCIA staff will help with every step of the process, from visits to prospective homes to the contract signing to moving day.
The Tsukuba Institute has a two buildings that make up their visitors' quarters. There are eight single rooms for short-term use, and the nightly rate for these rooms is 780 yen/night.
Although RIKEN's Harima Institute does not have its own on-campus accommodation facility, the SPring-8 complex includes four apartment buildings for short-term stays, and Hyogo Prefecture's Center for Advanced Technology Support (CAST) also has an accommodation facility that RIKEN researchers may use.
Rooms are available in the SPring-8 apartment buildings for short-term stays for 2,000 yen/night. The complex includes a communal kitchen, and a cafeteria. Wireless LAN access is also available.
N.B: The complex is usually heavily booked and priority is given to visitors who will be conducting experiments at SPring-8.
Single rooms are available from 3,100 yen/night and twin rooms from 4,700 yen/night. All rooms have a television, hair dryer, pyjamas, toothbrush and shampoo.