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What can you buy in Hokkaido for $140,000 or Less?

By popular request, in this installment of the “what can you buy” series, we zoom in on Hokkaido to see what is on the market for $140,000 (¥15,800,000) or much less. Hokkaido is consistently one of the most searched for... 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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What can you buy in Hokkaido for $140,000 or Less?What can you buy in Hokkaido for $140,000 or Less?

By popular request, in this installment of the “what can you buy” series, we zoom in on Hokkaido to see what is on the market for $140,000 (¥15,800,000) or much less. Hokkaido is consistently one of the most searched for... More

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Japan to Give Preference to 8 Asian Countries for Specified Skills Residency Visa & Establish Measures to Support Foreign WorkersJapan to Give Preference to 8 Asian Countries for Specified Skills Residency Visa & Establish Measures to Support Foreign Workers

The Japanese government plans to bring in workers from eight Asian countries under the recent revision to the Immigration Control Act, which establishes two new visa residency statuses, in a major change to Japan’s immigration policy that will allow lower skilled... More

Living in Japan

Specified Skills Visa is Now Official: 345,150 Foreign Workers to be Accepted into Japan in First 5 YearsSpecified Skills Visa is Now Official: 345,150 Foreign Workers to be Accepted into Japan in First 5 Years

In the early morning hours of December 8th, the Japanese Diet passed a major revision to the Immigration Control Act, codifying into law two new visa residency statuses that will allow a significant increase in the number of blue collar... More

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Should foreigners learn Japanese if they want to live in Japan? Proposed Law to Require Promotion of Japanese Language Education for ForeignersShould foreigners learn Japanese if they want to live in Japan? Proposed Law to Require Promotion of Japanese Language Education for Foreigners

A non-partisan government organization, the National League for Promotion of Japanese Language Education has proposed a bill entitled the “Japanese Language Education Promotion Bill” (日本語教育推進法案, Nihongo Kyouiku Suishin Houan) that will require the government and local authorities to implement Japanese education measures... More

Buying Property in Japan

How the 2019 Consumption Tax Increase Will Affect Home Buyers and Sellers in JapanHow the 2019 Consumption Tax Increase Will Affect Home Buyers and Sellers in Japan

Real Estate Japan recently conducted an e-mail interview with Shinichi Kawamura on how the announced October 2019 consumption tax increase (from 8% to 10%) will affect Japan’s residential real estate market. Mr. Kawamura is CEO of LINC KK, a real... More

Buying Property in Japan

How to Increase Your Tokyo Condominium’s Rental Income: With the ELECT Serviced Apartment Plan by MORIO How to Increase Your Tokyo Condominium’s Rental Income: With the ELECT Serviced Apartment Plan by MORIO 

If you own an income-producing condominium in Tokyo, you already know the risks and benefits of owning an investment property in one of the world’s most vibrant cities. And as a property owner, you also know the need to stay... More

Tokyo Neighborhoods

Least expensive neighborhoods on the Yamanote Line: The good, the bad, the average rentLeast expensive neighborhoods on the Yamanote Line: The good, the bad, the average rent

In Tokyo, the Yamanote line is the “It” line separating what is central from what is not. Average rent and sale prices for homes inside the Yamanote line tend to be higher than outside. The train line itself crosses through nine... More

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How to do a bank transfer at a Japanese ATM: Furikomi ExplainedHow to do a bank transfer at a Japanese ATM: Furikomi Explained

In this article, we explain how to do a domestic bank transfer (furikomi) at a Japanese ATM, using a cash card (ATM card) to transfer money from your account to another bank account in Japan. This post is part of our... More

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What can you buy in Japan’s Smaller Cities for $150,000?What can you buy in Japan’s Smaller Cities for $150,000?

By popular request, in this installment of the “what can you buy” series, we take a tour around Japan’s smaller cities to see what is available at the $150,000 (17 million yen) price point, or less. In 2017, the average... More

Living in Japan

Rent an Apartment for $500 a Month in Tokyo: With No Key Money, No Agency Fee, No DepositRent an Apartment for $500 a Month in Tokyo: With No Key Money, No Agency Fee, No Deposit

In this installment of the “what can you rent” series, we focus on Tokyo, especially short-term and student-friendly options to see what you can rent in and near Tokyo for about $500 (¥57,000) a month. No one likes to pay... More