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Condo Prices in Greater Tokyo Approach 1990s Bubble Levels

The average sales price for a condominium released for sale in the greater Tokyo area in the first half of 2017 increased to ¥58.84 million (525,800 USD), up 3.5% year-on-year, and approaching levels last seen at the peak of the... More

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Kyobashi Area Guide

Osaka Neighborhoods: KyobashiOsaka Neighborhoods: Kyobashi

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 Living GuideOsaka Living Guide

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 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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Market Trends

Condo Prices in Greater Tokyo Approach 1990s Bubble LevelsCondo Prices in Greater Tokyo Approach 1990s Bubble Levels

The average sales price for a condominium released for sale in the greater Tokyo area in the first half of 2017 increased to ¥58.84 million (525,800 USD), up 3.5% year-on-year, and approaching levels last seen at the peak of the... More

Studio apartment for rent Shin Osaka Station

Affordable Living in Osaka

No key money, no deposit, no agency fee apartments in OsakaNo key money, no deposit, no agency fee apartments in Osaka

This is a follow-up article to our post on No Deposit, No Key Money, No Agency Fee Apartments in Tokyo. No key money, no deposit, no agency fee apartments do exist! More and more agents and landlords are waiving some... More

Affordable Living in Osaka

Prices for Condos in Japan Hit 11-year High Driven by Foreign BuyersPrices for Condos in Japan Hit 11-year High Driven by Foreign Buyers

By Jeff Wynkoop Prices for investment condos continue to rise unabated. According to a leading real estate online site, the average per room price for condos in Japan was 15.5 million JPY in the April-June period, an increase of 3.8%... More

Local Agent Insight

How to Find a Good Real Estate Agent in Tokyo: Interview with Local Agent — FREAHow to Find a Good Real Estate Agent in Tokyo: Interview with Local Agent — FREA

Real Estate Japan recently sat down with FREA, a bilingual Tokyo real estate brokerage, to ask for their insight and advice to foreigners who are looking to rent property in Japan. Q1. What do you think about the overall process... More

Buying Property in Japan

What can you buy in Japan’s regional cities for $200,000?What can you buy in Japan’s regional cities for $200,000?

In June, we continued to see an upward trend in inquiries for residential and investment properties in Tokyo’s 23 wards and in regional cities, such as Nagoya and Fukuoka. Below, we give just a few examples of what is available... More

Living in Japan

What are the most popular places for foreigners to live in Japan?What are the most popular places for foreigners to live in Japan?

In this article, we take a look at population data to see which parts of Tokyo, specifically and Japan, in general, have the highest population of foreigners and where the population of foreigners is growing the fastest. What is the... More

Living in Japan

What is the average salary in Japan by occupation and age?What is the average salary in Japan by occupation and age?

In this article, we review the average annual salary in Japan by occupation, age, and gender, as we’ve had many readers ask for this information in response to recent posts on the cost of living in Tokyo for a single... More

Buying a Home in Tokyo

What can you buy for $300,000 in Tokyo this month?What can you buy for $300,000 in Tokyo this month?

This month we continue to see strong year-on-year growth in inquiries for properties in Tokyo’s 23 Wards. Below we answer some frequently asked questions, and take a look at what you can buy in Tokyo’s 23 wards for about $300,000... More

Investing in Residential Real Estate

Advantages of Buying a Condominium as a Tokyo Investment PropertyAdvantages of Buying a Condominium as a Tokyo Investment Property

By Nils Herchenroeder Investors interested in purchasing a residential property in Japan have the choice between condominiums, detached houses and regular apartments to add to their portfolio. Having personally managed many condominium properties for overseas owners over the years, I would... More

GPM Housing Service

Move in by July 31, 2017 and Get One Month’s Free RentMove in by July 31, 2017 and Get One Month’s Free Rent

Renting an apartment in Japan can be stressful. The GPM Housing Service is designed to make it easy! When you rent your apartment through the GPM Housing Service: Choose from 2,000+ properties. Properties pre-approved by landlords to be rented to... More