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Explanation of Important Matters: What to Know Before You Buy Property in Japan

By Jeff Wynkoop In this article, we discuss what you need to know about the Explanation of Important Matters (重要事項説明書), the legal disclosure document meant to provide buyers with the material information you should know before finalizing your property purchase.... More

Area Guides

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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Buying Property in Japan

Explanation of Important Matters: What to Know Before You Buy Property in JapanExplanation of Important Matters: What to Know Before You Buy Property in Japan

By Jeff Wynkoop In this article, we discuss what you need to know about the Explanation of Important Matters (重要事項説明書), the legal disclosure document meant to provide buyers with the material information you should know before finalizing your property purchase.... More

This Month's Picks

No Key Money, No Deposit, No Agency Fee Apartments in TokyoNo Key Money, No Deposit, No Agency Fee Apartments in Tokyo

In this month’s installment of the “no key money, no deposit, no agency fee apartment” series, we feature mid-range apartments in popular locations around Tokyo from Shinjuku to Asakusa. In Japan, agents consider the next few months, from around mid-October... More

Living in a Japanese Apartment

How to Clean Tatami Mats in a Japanese ApartmentHow to Clean Tatami Mats in a Japanese Apartment

In this chapter in the “how to live in a Japanese apartment” series we talk about how to clean tatami as part of your regular household cleaning and what to do if you have a problem with mold or mites... More

Buying a Home in Japan

Questions to Ask When Buying a Condominium in JapanQuestions to Ask When Buying a Condominium in Japan

By Jeff Wynkoop In this article, we discuss specific issues relating to buying a condominium in Japan. For an overview of the process of buying a property, please see: Guide to Buying a Home in Japan. Buying a condo is... More

How to Live in a Japanese Apartment

Japanese Apartment Air Vents: How and Why to Use ThemJapanese Apartment Air Vents: How and Why to Use Them

In this series on “how to live in a Japanese apartment” we will explain some unique features found in Japanese apartments and how to use them in order to live comfortably in your home. Air Vents (Kankikou) Today’s chapter is... More

Home Tehcnology

Sony Will Resume Sales of Dog-Like Home Robots in Spring 2018Sony Will Resume Sales of Dog-Like Home Robots in Spring 2018

Sony Corporation has announced that it will start selling  dog-like robots for home use in the spring of 2018. This would be the company’s first foray into the consumer robotics market since it announced in 2006 that it would discontinue... More

Home Tehcnology

Buying a Home in Japan for $150,000 Outside the Big CitiesBuying a Home in Japan for $150,000 Outside the Big Cities

In this installment of the “What can you buy in Japan” series, we go outside Japan’s metropolises to see what is available for $150,000 or much less in regional cities and towns. Before we present some examples, let’s briefly take... More

Benefits of Using a Property Manager

Process of Handing Over a New Condominium Property in JapanProcess of Handing Over a New Condominium Property in Japan

By Nils Herchenroeder In this article, I would like to talk in detail about what happens before and at the point when a new condominium property is handed over to its new owner. From the perspective of overseas investors, there are usually... More

Benefits of Using a Property Manager

What can you rent for $550 in Tokyo this month?What can you rent for $550 in Tokyo this month?

In this month’s installment in the “What can you rent in Tokyo” series, we feature properties that can be yours for a total monthly cost of $550 (¥62,000) or less. This rent level is several hundred dollars less than the... More

Testimonial on Affordable Moving in Tokyo

Moving in Japan Made Easy With the GaijinPot Moving ServiceMoving in Japan Made Easy With the GaijinPot Moving Service

Moving in Japan can be costly and stressful. We started the GaijinPot Moving Service to make it easy. The GaijinPot Moving Service is a concierge moving service for foreigners in Japan. We will help you find a moving company Handle... More