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Sale Prices for Apartments in Greater Tokyo Hit Post-Asset Bubble High

New condominium sales in greater Tokyo had a banner year in fiscal 2017, as the average sales price for a newly constructed apartment hit ¥59,210,000 ($552,300), the highest level seen since 1990. This was also the sixth straight year of... More

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Harajuku Area Guide - Living Guide for Foreginers

Harajuku Area GuideHarajuku Area Guide

Harajuku in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo is made up of bustling world famous fashion centers wrapped inside quiet, cozy residential areas. The neighborhood’s vibe differs drastically depending on whether you live there or whether you see it as a destination. Main... More

Sakai Osaka Guide - Living Guide for Foreigners

Sakai Area Guide – Osaka Living GuideSakai Area Guide – Osaka Living Guide

Sakai's proximity to Osaka but relatively inexpensive real estate makes it ideal for families looking for more space or for those looking for somewhere peaceful that’s not too far from the beaten track.

Shibuya Area Guide - Living Guide for Foreigners

Shibuya Area GuideShibuya Area Guide

Shibuya is everything to everyone. Every little neighborhood around the station has its own vibe. It runs the gamut from low cost single-room micro-apartments to massive, luxurious seven-bedroom manors. Street food to Michelin-starred gourmet dining. Back alley smoking areas to young, fashionable vape cafes. Mass market department stores to one-of-a-kind designer boutiques. It’s every aspect of Tokyo life distilled into one location.

Guides to Tokyo Residential Neighborhoods

Tokyo Area GuidesTokyo Area Guides

Tokyo area guides to residential neighborhoods popular with foreigners.

Azabu Juban Area Guide

Azabu Juban Area GuideAzabu Juban Area Guide

Home to numerous embassies, excellent public and international schools, quiet narrow streets, expat-dense, international influences vie with Edo-period appeal. Popular with expats and cosmopolitan Japanese alike, this family-friendly suburb boasts top-class amenities.

Jiyugaoka Area Guide

Jiyugaoka Mini-Area GuideJiyugaoka Mini-Area Guide

Jiyugaoka is a neighborhood and train station on the southern edge of Meguro Ward. With its leafy tree-lined streets, fashionable boutiques, and many small restaurants and cafes, it is known as Tokyo’s Little Europe and is synonymous with “calm and sophisticated.”... More

Hongō Area Guide

Hongo Area Guide – TokyoHongo Area Guide – Tokyo

Hongō is a neighborhood located in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, west of Ueno Park and north of the Imperial Palace, that is synonymous with Japan’s top institution of higher learning, Tokyo University. It is also home to Juntendo and Toyo Gakuen... More

Chitose Area Guide

Chitose Area Guide – HokkaidoChitose Area Guide – Hokkaido

Chitose City, with a population of about 96,500, is located about 45-km southeast of Sapporo. Its main claim to fame is its proximity to New Chitose Airport, the main airport serving Hokkaido, but it is also known for being surrounded... More

Ōokayama Station Area: Tokyo Neighborhood Guide

Ookayama Area Guide – TokyoOokayama Area Guide – Tokyo

Ōokayama (大岡山) Station in Ota Ward, Tokyo is a relaxed and student-friendly neighborhood. Near the station is the area's most famous landmark, The Tokyo Institute of Technology. Not to be confused with Okayama Station in Okayama Prefecture.

Kyobashi Area Guide

Kyobashi Area Guide – OsakaKyobashi Area Guide – Osaka

Kyobashi is as central as you can get in Osaka. It has the distinction of being one of the city's largest business districts while being close to many tourist attractions, most notably Osaka Castle Park. It is known for its shopping and nightlife, especially its numerous izakayas and tachinomi, or standing bars.

Kyobashi Area Guide

Osaka Area Guide – Housing Guide for ForeignersOsaka Area Guide – Housing Guide for Foreigners

Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan after Tokyo and one of the largest in the world with a population of more than 19 million. It is located in the southern portion of Honshu, Japan’s main island, on... More

Living in Roppongi

Roppongi Area Guide – Housing Guide for ForeignersRoppongi Area Guide – Housing Guide for Foreigners

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 Area Guide – Housing Guide for ForeignersNagoya Area Guide – Housing Guide for Foreigners

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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Tokyo Market Trends

Sale Prices for Apartments in Greater Tokyo Hit Post-Asset Bubble HighSale Prices for Apartments in Greater Tokyo Hit Post-Asset Bubble High

New condominium sales in greater Tokyo had a banner year in fiscal 2017, as the average sales price for a newly constructed apartment hit ¥59,210,000 ($552,300), the highest level seen since 1990. This was also the sixth straight year of... More

Tokyo Market Trends

What you should know before buying a vacant house in JapanWhat you should know before buying a vacant house in Japan

By Jeff Wynkoop Buying a vacant house in Japan and fixing it up is the dream of many city dwellers. With the price for a new condo at all-time highs in most Tokyo neighborhoods, many people are considering purchasing a... More

Living in Japan

9 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Organize Your Apartment in Japan9 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Organize Your Apartment in Japan

Do not despair if your apartment in Japan does not have as much space or storage as you might like. Below are nine simple and inexpensive ways to organize a Japanese studio apartment, using mostly items available at 100 Yen... More

Living in Japan

What you can buy for $200,000 in Japan’s Smaller CitiesWhat you can buy for $200,000 in Japan’s Smaller Cities

Buyer interest in “for sale” properties on Real Estate Japan has been strong this month. Inquiries have been especially strong for properties located in Tokyo’s 23 wards and in secondary markets like Osaka, Aichi, and Sapporo. As we noted in... More

Living in Japan

No Key Money, No Deposit, No Agency Fee Apartments in Tokyo: For $600 or LessNo Key Money, No Deposit, No Agency Fee Apartments in Tokyo: For $600 or Less

To lower your expenses when moving into an apartment in Japan look for properties that don’t require a deposit, key money, or agency fee. More and more agents and landlords are waiving some or all of these fees, especially when... More

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How to Use Your Cell Phone in Japan: With JP Smart SIMHow to Use Your Cell Phone in Japan: With JP Smart SIM

One of the hardest things about starting your life in Japan is…getting a cell phone! This isn’t just because you need a phone to keep in touch with friends or family, but because a cell phone is an essential part... More

Buying a Pre-Owned Home

Is 2018 the Time to Buy a Home in Japan? Big Changes Coming to the MarketIs 2018 the Time to Buy a Home in Japan? Big Changes Coming to the Market

By Jeff Wynkoop The construction boom for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is in full swing, and the asking price for newly-built residences in central Tokyo keeps going up like so many new cranes dotting the city. As new home prices... More

Best Places to Live

Best Places to Live in Tokyo: 2018 SurveyBest Places to Live in Tokyo: 2018 Survey

Here are the most desirable places to live in greater Tokyo, according to a recent survey of locals conducted earlier this year by SUUMO. The survey asked local residents to name the best places to live in greater Tokyo, which... More

Best Places to Live

What can you buy in Japan’s smaller cities for $150,000 or less?What can you buy in Japan’s smaller cities for $150,000 or less?

March has started off with roar, in terms of user interest in “for sale” properties on Real Estate Japan. Buyers are showing especially strong interest in Tokyo’s 23 wards and in western suburbs like Machida and secondary markets like Osaka,... More

Best Places to Live

How much does it cost to buy a new house in Tokyo?How much does it cost to buy a new house in Tokyo?

Amid tight supply, the average list price of a newly constructed house for sale in the Tokyo 23 wards leaped 8.5% year-on-year last month. This is according to a recent report by Tokyo Kantei (in Japanese). Below we summarize the... More