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Top 5 Reasons Rental Applications Are Rejected by Landlords in Japan

In this article, we discuss the main reasons why landlords in Japan reject applications from potential tenants. And how you can improve your chances of getting the apartment you want. #1 If you’re a foreigner….housing discrimination Let’s deal with this... More

Area Guides

Kokubunji Area GuideKokubunji Area Guide

Live closer to nature and pay lower rent, while still being within commuting distance of central Tokyo. An excellent neighborhood for international students studying at Tokyo Gakugei University, Chuo University Tama Campus, and Meiji University.

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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Top 5 Reasons Rental Applications Are Rejected by Landlords in JapanTop 5 Reasons Rental Applications Are Rejected by Landlords in Japan

In this article, we discuss the main reasons why landlords in Japan reject applications from potential tenants. And how you can improve your chances of getting the apartment you want. #1 If you’re a foreigner….housing discrimination Let’s deal with this... More

Living

What can you buy for $90,000 in Cities Around Japan: From Sapporo to FukuokaWhat can you buy for $90,000 in Cities Around Japan: From Sapporo to Fukuoka

In this installment in the “what can you buy” series, by popular request we take a look at what you can buy around Japan for ¥10,000,000 ($90,000) or less. To put this budget in 2018, the average listing price for... More

Staying Connected in Japan

Getting a Cell Phone in Japan: SoftBank Price Plans ExplainedGetting a Cell Phone in Japan: SoftBank Price Plans Explained

This article explains SoftBank’s cell phone pricing plans as of February 2019. There are three major carriers in Japan: SoftBank, NTT Docomo, and au(KDDI). As discussed in this post, mobile phone price plans in Japan will likely drop in 2019,... More

Investing in Japanese Real Estate

7 Situations When You Should Consider Selling Your Residential or Investment Property in Japan7 Situations When You Should Consider Selling Your Residential or Investment Property in Japan

Real Estate Japan recently conducted an e-mail interview with Shinichi Kawamura on whether now is a good time to consider selling a residential or investment property in Japan. Mr. Kawamura is CEO of LINC Inc., a real estate consulting company... More

Living in Tokyo

First Snowfall of 2019 in Tokyo Expected Today: Here are Some Tips for Getting AroundFirst Snowfall of 2019 in Tokyo Expected Today: Here are Some Tips for Getting Around

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) forecasts that a wide swath of the Kanto region, including Tokyo, will see snowfall today, due to the effects of a low-pressure system and low temperatures. Tokyo’s 23 Wards is forecast to get 5-cm (2-inches)... More

Living in Japan

What would make your life easier in Japan? Take the survey and let us know!What would make your life easier in Japan? Take the survey and let us know!

How easy is it living in Japan as a foreigner? In 2006, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs requested that local authorities take active steps to set up support services or foreign residents, as the number of foreign residents was already... More

Living in Japan

LeoPalace21 Admits to Insufficient Fireproofing in Another 1,300+ Buildings, 7,700 Tenants Urged to MoveLeoPalace21 Admits to Insufficient Fireproofing in Another 1,300+ Buildings, 7,700 Tenants Urged to Move

In a new scandal, LeoPalace21, the operator of over 30,000 budget apartment units across Japan, announced on February 7th that it has confirmed construction failures in walls and ceilings of 1,324 apartment buildings it operates in 33 prefectures. This admission... More

Staying Connected in Japan

Mobile Phone Price Plans in Japan Are Set to Drop in 2019: Here’s What You Need to KnowMobile Phone Price Plans in Japan Are Set to Drop in 2019: Here’s What You Need to Know

In this post, we explain why mobile phone price plans are likely to drop significantly this year and go over the questions you should ask in order to compare the price plans offered by Japan’s three major carriers (SoftBank, Docomo, and... More

Selling Property in Japan

What Are the Taxes and Fees When Selling Property in Japan?What Are the Taxes and Fees When Selling Property in Japan?

By: Shinichi Kawamura, CEO LINC Inc. The sale of land or buildings in Japan is subject to the following three types of taxes: Stamp Duty Capital Gains Tax Resident Tax Stamp Duty is paid at the time of the contract... More

Interview with a Local Agent

Bilingual Real Estate Agent Answers Your FAQS on Buying a Property in TokyoBilingual Real Estate Agent Answers Your FAQS on Buying a Property in Tokyo

Real Estate Japan recently conducted an e-mail interview with Ms. Kanako Enomoto, in which she gives detailed answers to frequently asked questions about buying property in Tokyo as a foreigner. Ms. Enomoto is an agent with Tokyo-based EM Labo Co.... More