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AirBnB in Japan

AirbnB in Japan Close to Full Legalization: Details of Draft Law

By Jeff Wynkoop The Japanese cabinet has just cleared the way for full legalization of Airbnb-style (minpaku, 民泊) private-stay accomodations in Japan. Implementation in 2018 On March 10th, the Japanese Cabinet agreed to the contents of the draft law to... More

GPM Housing Service Refer-A-Friend Program

GPM Housing Service

GPM Housing Service Refer-A-Friend ProgramGPM Housing Service Refer-A-Friend Program

Do you have a friend who is looking for an apartment in Japan? Here’s a chance for you to help out your friend and make some cash for yourself. ¥10,000 Per Referral If you refer a friend to the GPM... More

GPM Housing Service

Renting an apartment in Japan can be stressful. The GPM Housing Service is designed to make it easy! Choose from 2,700+ properties. Bilingual support. Credit card payment. No guarantor required. Apply from overseas and have your place set up before you arrive. We make it easy to rent your home in Japan. For a limited time, get one month's cash back if you sign a lease with a contract start date of March 31, 2017 or earlier! This is a first-come-first-served offer until all ¥1,000,000 has been claimed. Get the details here!

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Living in Roppongi

Roppongi Housing GuideRoppongi Housing Guide

Famous for its iconic nightlife scene and more recently the upmarket Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown mega-complexes. Home to many foreigners living in a microcosm of Tokyo's many urban delights.

Living in Nagoya

Nagoya City GuideNagoya City Guide

Nagoya is situated about midway between Tokyo and Osaka. Many foreigners who have lived in both Tokyo and Nagoya will tell you that Nagoya offers everything Tokyo does, only on a much more liveable, convenient, and affordable scale.

Living in Kichijoji

Kichijoji Area GuideKichijoji Area Guide

A youthful and creative neighborhood situated in Musashino City, just west of Tokyo. Close enough to the central wards to be convenient but far enough away to have a relaxed and bohemian atmosphere. Its diverse and vibrant shopping center is surrounded by peaceful residential areas and home to the famed Inokashira Park.

Living in Meguro

Meguro Area GuideMeguro Area Guide

A residential area that’s as well connected and convenient as anywhere in the world’s largest city can be. But distinctly calmer, quieter and far more liveable than many other parts of Tokyo.

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AirBnB in Japan

AirbnB in Japan Close to Full Legalization: Details of Draft LawAirbnB in Japan Close to Full Legalization: Details of Draft Law

By Jeff Wynkoop The Japanese cabinet has just cleared the way for full legalization of Airbnb-style (minpaku, 民泊) private-stay accomodations in Japan. Implementation in 2018 On March 10th, the Japanese Cabinet agreed to the contents of the draft law to... More

AirBnB in Japan

Tokyo’s Fastest Growing Areas in 2016 and Why People Are Moving ThereTokyo’s Fastest Growing Areas in 2016 and Why People Are Moving There

For the 20th consecutive year Tokyo had more people living in or moving into the area than leaving. This is according to the results of the Basic Register of Residents (住民基本台帳 juumin kihon daichou) released by Japan’s Ministry of Internal... More

AirBnB in Japan

How Foreigners View the Japanese Real Estate Market: Ministry of Land Survey ResultsHow Foreigners View the Japanese Real Estate Market: Ministry of Land Survey Results

In an effort to boost the Japanese real estate market, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has been focusing on increasing market transparency, especially with respect to the participation of non-Japanese in domestic real estate transactions. The... More

Property Management

What Happens When a Tenant is Delinquent With Rent in Japan?What Happens When a Tenant is Delinquent With Rent in Japan?

By Erik Oskamp In general, Japanese renters pay their rent on time, but if they don’t pay, it can be difficult to collect. As a landlord, what are your options? Legal Procedures When a renter stops paying their rent, nominally,... More

Part 1

Guide to Reading Japanese Place Names: With Kanji and ExamplesGuide to Reading Japanese Place Names: With Kanji and Examples

This is the first chapter in a multipart guide to reading Japanese place names. Here we’ll cover how directions and geographic relationships and attributes are read in place names. The examples given below are by no means exhaustive! Directions 中央... More

AirBnB in Japan

Operating an AirbnB-Style Vacation Rental in JapanOperating an AirbnB-Style Vacation Rental in Japan

By Erik Oskamp It is now possible through Airbnb and other websites to rent out properties on a short-term basis, mostly to tourists. In the last two years, thousands of people in Tokyo and other major cities have listed their... More

User Survey

My Ideal Apartment in Japan: User SurveyMy Ideal Apartment in Japan: User Survey

The purpose of this survey is to get your opinion on your ideal living situation in Japan, specifically with respect to the location, features and amenities that you would like to have in a Japanese apartment. We would like to... More

Property Management

A Tale of a Haunted Apartment in Tokyo: Renting Out a Stigmatized PropertyA Tale of a Haunted Apartment in Tokyo: Renting Out a Stigmatized Property

By: Erik Oskamp Many Japanese people are superstitious. An apartment next to a cemetery will be difficult to rent out, especially if you can see the tombs from the kitchen. The worst thing is if a suicide has happened in... More

Market Trends

Sales of Pre-Owned Condos in Tokyo Top New Condo Sales for First TimeSales of Pre-Owned Condos in Tokyo Top New Condo Sales for First Time

By Jeff Wynkoop In 2016 sales of pre-owned condos exceeded sales of new condos in the Tokyo area for the first time since records on both have been available (from 1996). Sales of pre-owned condos were up on a year-to-year... More

New Disclosure Requirements

Buying a Pre-Owned Home in Japan: Home Inspection DisclosuresBuying a Pre-Owned Home in Japan: Home Inspection Disclosures

By Jeff Wynkoop For the last 70 years, Japanese government policy has focused on overcoming this country’s long-term housing shortage by supporting the construction and sale of new housing. However, in the last decade the government has begun changing its... More