Blog

7 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Organize Your Home in Japan

Here are some simple and inexpensive ways to make your home in Japan more comfortable and livable. #1 Go Vertical to Make the Most of Your Space You can clear up a lot of valuable real estate in your kitchen,... More

Area Guides

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.

GaijinPot Moving Service

Moving can be stressful and costly in Japan. Let the GaijinPot Moving service handle it for you!

¥20,000 Spring Bonus Campaign

Sign a lease contract with a start date of May 31, 2017 or earlier and get ¥20,000 worth of Amazon.co.jp gift cards!

Sections

News

Stay informed about the Japanese real estate market.

Buy

Essential information for buying your dream home or investment property in Japan.

Rent

Tips and insights to help you navigate the unique process of renting a home in Japan.

Investor Seminars

Expert Insights To Investing In Japan

Services

Helping International Investors In Japan

Guide

Real Estate Japan's step-by-step guides

Living

7 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Organize Your Home in Japan7 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Organize Your Home in Japan

Here are some simple and inexpensive ways to make your home in Japan more comfortable and livable. #1 Go Vertical to Make the Most of Your Space You can clear up a lot of valuable real estate in your kitchen,... More

Budget Rentals

What can you rent in Tokyo for $500 this week?What can you rent in Tokyo for $500 this week?

We combed through the listings to find the best budget rentals in Tokyo this week. Agents and landlords are offering great deals this season as they are trying to fill vacancies after the March peak season. You may be able... More

Home Buying FAQs

What can you buy in Tokyo for $250,000?What can you buy in Tokyo for $250,000?

We have seen a marked increase this year in inquiries from people looking to buy a home or investment property in Tokyo. Below we answer some frequently asked questions, and take a look at what you can buy in Tokyo’s... More

Financing

Getting a Home Loan in Japan as a ForeignerGetting a Home Loan in Japan as a Foreigner

By Jeff Wynkoop Financing is available for foreigners buying property in Japan, depending on your residence status, income, and work history. Below is an overview of the visa status and work requirements needed to apply for a property loan, which... More

Financing

MUJI Launches Tiny Minimalist Hut: A 9.1-sqm Place to Call Your OwnMUJI Launches Tiny Minimalist Hut: A 9.1-sqm Place to Call Your Own

MUJI, the retailer of sleek household products and consumer goods, has announced plans to sell a tiny pre-fab wood and reinforced concrete hut with interior dimensions of just 9.1-sqm (97.9-sqft), tapping into the growing trend in Japan for tiny, minimalist... More

Market Trends

Sales of Pre-Owned Residential Properties in Tokyo Hit Historic HighsSales of Pre-Owned Residential Properties in Tokyo Hit Historic Highs

By Jeff Wynkoop Sales of pre-owned condos and detached houses in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area were up for the second consecutive year in 2016, hitting historic highs. This is according to a recent report (in Japanese) on 2016 real estate market... More

Living in Japan

The Other Hidden Costs of Living in a Japanese ApartmentThe Other Hidden Costs of Living in a Japanese Apartment

When you’re trying to decide whether you can afford to move into a particular apartment in Japan, you should also remember the other hidden costs involved, not just things like the deposit or key money. In a previous article, we... More

Residential Lending

A Mini-Bubble Brewing in Japan’s Residential Apartment MarketA Mini-Bubble Brewing in Japan’s Residential Apartment Market

By Jeff Wynkoop There are signs a mini-bubble may be forming in Japan due to the sharp increase in the number of new apartment loans handed out over the last few years. アパートローン(apaato rōn, ‘apartment loans’ also known in English... More

Tokyo Places Names

Guide to Reading Tokyo Place Names: How to Read Numbers in NamesGuide to Reading Tokyo Place Names: How to Read Numbers in Names

This is part two of a multipart guide to reading Japanese place names. Here we’ll cover how numbers are used in place names with examples from around Tokyo and other parts of Japan. The examples given below are by no... More

Tokyo Places Names

How to Read a Japanese AddressHow to Read a Japanese Address

The Japanese address system is based on geographic entities and areas, rather than on a building’s location on a specific street, which is the case in many western countries. In fact, except for Kyoto and Sapporo, an address in Japan... More