Our Story

Homekuru is a simple, easy to understand platform that enables trust between all users.

Our mission is to make finding a new home in Japan seamless, where users can find their perfect home in a transparent and safe environment.

The Homekuru Story

In 2016 when Henry Knight (co-founder) moved to Japan to reconnect with his Japanese roots and in search of a new career, he found something much more than just a graduate job.

Henry struggled to find a new home as a foreigner even with his Japanese heritage and fluent language skills. Apartment hunting was prolonged by his title as a ‘foreigner’ and Henry had no choice but to jump from friend to friend in looking for a temporary place to stay. The last straw came about when Henry found himself overstaying at a friends home. When Henry was welcomed by a close friend, Motonari Shiga (co-founder), into his place, this was when the idea of Homekuru was born.

With Henry feeling helpless and at a disadvantage, it occurred to Motonari and Henry that there was a big problem in Japan. The process of looking for a new home in the country, as the co-founders have described, is “Archaic and time consuming”. Technology in Japan seems to have dismissed the housing market and instead remains to be a process of struggle for not only foreigners but also for Japanese citizens.

Thus, Homekuru was established to transform the traditional Japanese rental system with a platform that opens up a world for users to feel safe in renting properties in Japan.

Our Vision

Homekuru transforms the traditional Japanese rental system with a platform that opens up a world for users to feel safe in renting properties in Japan.

We know that the rental process in Japan can be long-winded, confusing and frustrating. We want to change this perception and provide an experience whereby renting in Japan is simpler and faster. We believe that finding a new home should be an enjoyable and exciting chapter in life and that is what we strive to provide. 

Our Values

Safe & Transparent

Creating a safe and transparent environment for all parties involved in the rental process.

Suitable for everyone

Where anyone and anybody is welcome to use our service to find their dream home. 

Simple

Where our services are easy to use and understand, and anybody can utilize the platform for their needs.

Fairness

Providing an environment whereby everyone is treated fairly.

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