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Japan to Invalidate Already Issued “Special Circumstances” Visas for Foreigners

The Japanese government announced Dec. 1st that it will temporarily suspend the validity of all “Special Circumstances” visas already issued, as reported by the Nikkei newspaper. Starting November 30th, in principle, the new entry of foreigners to the country was... More

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Saitama Prefecture GuideSaitama Prefecture Guide

The prefecture just north of Tokyo. Saitama itself is large, covering a massive area of Eastern Tokyo. The areas closest to Tokyo are popular as bedroom communities for those commuting into Tokyo for work. These areas tend to have rent... More

Akihabara Area GuideAkihabara Area Guide

This famous neighborhood is jam-packed with stores displaying anime and video game goods, but you don't have to be an anime fan to live in Akihabara. Located on the northeastern edge of Chiyoda Ward, Akihabara Station is a transportation hub that offers great access to the rest of Tokyo through a variety of train and subway lines. Those who enjoy a lively Tokyo city life experience will likely feel at home in this neighborhood.

Akabane Area GuideAkabane Area Guide

Akabane is a neighborhood in Kita Ward, towards the northern edge of the 23 wards of Tokyo. Bordered by Saitama Prefecture to the north, the station is traversed by many commuters coming in from Saitama Prefecture. Until recently, Akabane was infamous for its narrow alleys, late-night izakayas, and general seediness. Redevelopment and modernization in the area has transformed most of it to a livable, convenient neighborhood.

Okubo Area GuideOkubo Area Guide

Okubo is a neighborhood just north of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. It provides residents with very quick direct access to Shinjuku, while also being just far enough away from the excitement of downtown. This balance between convenience and residential livability is a great feature of the neighborhood. In addition, for those who enjoy authentic ethnic cuisine, the international population in Okubo own and operate different restaurants and shops in the area. It's a unique, charming neighborhood for those seeking something close to Shinjuku!

Kameari Area GuideKameari Area Guide

Kameari is a residential neighborhood in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo. What it lacks in name recognition it makes up for in charm and convenience. This traditionally working-class area of Tokyo retains much of the old-school look and feel of bygone Tokyo, and new modern shopping malls have injected style and fashion back into the area.

Tokyo Station Area GuideTokyo Station Area Guide

Contents Location Key Stats Orientation Around the Station Livability Useful Info at a Glance Tokyo Station Apartments Location Tokyo Station is found just east of the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. There’s almost no comparison to this centrally located,... More

Shin-Okubo Area GuideShin-Okubo Area Guide

Shin-Okubo is renowned as Tokyo's Koreatown. This popular and trendy area offers an international vibe close to Shinjuku. An added benefit of this diverse environment is the selection of import supermarkets! While the streets around the station tend to be quite lively, even well into the night, it is possible to find calmer parts of the neighborhood.

Toranomon Hills Area GuideToranomon Hills Area Guide

Contents Location Key Stats Orientation Around the Station Livability Useful Info at a Glance Toranomon Hills Apartments Location Toranomon Hills Station can be found in the northern section of central Minato Ward. The Toranomon district is a primarily business district,... More

Jujo Area GuideJujo Area Guide

Jujo is a neighborhood in Kita Ward, Tokyo. It's located just north of the major transportation hub of Ikebukuro, making it a convenient area for commuters seeking options for quick and easy transportation into downtown Tokyo. Ease of transportation isn't the only convenience provided by this neighborhood, nearby Jujo Ginza is a local shopping street with a variety of shops, making picking up daily necessities easy.

Kachidoki Area GuideKachidoki Area Guide

Kachidoki is a newer addition to Tokyo's list of residential neighborhoods. Located in Tokyo Bay, residents enjoy a mix of modern conveniences (shopping malls, high-rise apartment complexes, beautiful waterfront parks) close to Tokyo's commercial districts. As the area becomes more developed, an increasing number of families are moving to the area because of the calm and family-friendly environment!

Hatagaya Area GuideHatagaya Area Guide

Hatagaya is a calm and livable neighborhood located on the Keio New Line just west of downtown Shinjuku. This convenient location makes it a great option for commuters, and the distance away from the crowds of downtown Shinjuku gives the area a more relaxed feeling.

Yutenji Area GuideYutenji Area Guide

Yutenji is a residential neighborhood found close to central Meguro Ward, Tokyo. It has a reputation as a very livable neighborhood that has easy access to some of Tokyo's most famous and stylish areas like Daikanyama and downtown Shibuya. What Yutenji might lack in terms of nightlife it more than makes up for in providing a calm and quiet environment.

Sangubashi Area GuideSangubashi Area Guide

Sangubashi is a quiet residential neighborhood located on the outskirts of Yoyogi Park. This gives residents a huge backyard of sorts for picnics, gatherings, and exercise. On top of this, Sangubashi Station is connected to Shinjuku via the Odakyu Line, making commutes into downtown Tokyo very easy and quick. Apartment seekers looking for a convenient residential neighborhood close to Shinjuku should definitely give Sangubashi consideration!

Kodaira Area GuideKodaira Area Guide

Kodaira City is a residential neighborhood located in west Tokyo on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Its location in the suburbs of Tokyo offers a very quiet and calm environment which is very popular with families. Plenty of space and few crowds make living more comfortable, and with only a roughly 30 minute train ride to Shinjuku, this might be a great balance for those looking for a local vibe in Tokyo.

Ikejiriohashi Area GuideIkejiriohashi Area Guide

Ikejiriohashi resides where three different neighborhoods collide: Ikejiri, Ohashi, and Higashiyama. It straddles the border of Setagaya Ward and Meguro Ward, creating an area that has a very livable urban feel. Plenty of restaurants and bars in the area for exploring a vibrant nightlife, while wide sidewalks along the main roads and plenty of supermarkets for daily necessities make it easy to live in.

Nogizaka Area GuideNogizaka Area Guide

Nogizaka is a high-class residential neighborhood located in central Minato Ward, Tokyo. Within walking distance from Nogizaka you can get to Aoyama, Omotesando, Akasaka, or Roppongi. This is a terrific convenience for those who love the idea of having a wide variety of destinations close to home! Great for being able to explore different neighborhoods of Tokyo on your feet!

Mita Area GuideMita Area Guide

Contents Location Key Stats Livability Mita Apartments Location You’ll find the neighborhood of Mita located quite centrally in Minato Ward, Tokyo. Thanks to this geographical position, it actually offers a nice mid-point between a few different business/commercial districts around Tokyo... More

Nakai Area GuideNakai Area Guide

Nakai is a cozy and quiet residential neighborhood in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. This little gem of a neighborhood gives residents fantastic transportation access to business districts. It's also much more relaxed compared to the downtown glitz and glamor of Shinjuku.

Sendagi Area GuideSendagi Area Guide

Sendagi is a residential neighborhood found in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. A great choice for those looking for a little quiet tucked away in the dense Tokyo cityscape. In fact, Sendagi and its surrounding neighborhoods are a popular destination for those who want to take a leisurely stroll through the calmer, traditional side of Tokyo. Thanks to its nearby shrines and old-school, local shopping streets, there is a lot of nostalgic appeal in this neighborhood that also translates to a unique livability that could be your cup of tea.

Kinshicho Area GuideKinshicho Area Guide

Contents Location Key Stats Livability Kinshicho Apartments Location Kinshicho is an entertainment district in Sumida Ward, Tokyo. It’s considered Sumida Ward’s equivalent to Ikebukuro – a bustling urban center, where you’ll find a variety of shopping malls. The shopping and... More

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Japan to Invalidate Already Issued “Special Circumstances” Visas for ForeignersJapan to Invalidate Already Issued “Special Circumstances” Visas for Foreigners

The Japanese government announced Dec. 1st that it will temporarily suspend the validity of all “Special Circumstances” visas already issued, as reported by the Nikkei newspaper. Starting November 30th, in principle, the new entry of foreigners to the country was... More

Living

Airlines Requested by Japanese Gov’t to Halt All New Reservations for Flights to JapanAirlines Requested by Japanese Gov’t to Halt All New Reservations for Flights to Japan

Dec 2, 2021 @ 12:29pm JST story update: The Japanese government said Thursday it has withdrawn its request for airlines to completely stop taking reservations for inbound international flights this month in the wake of criticism the measure against the... More

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Cost of building a house in Japan – Here are the land & construction costs by prefectureCost of building a house in Japan – Here are the land & construction costs by prefecture

The costs of a custom-built-home in Japan can roughly be divided into two main categories: the cost of buying the land and the construction costs. Here are the costs of building a house in Japan, based on the nationwide average... More

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Student-friendly apartments in and near Tokyo – Here’s where to live if you’re on a budget!Student-friendly apartments in and near Tokyo – Here’s where to live if you’re on a budget!

This month we saw an increase in inquiries from people looking for student- and budget-friendly apartments in and around Tokyo, as can perhaps be expected with the news regarding the loosening of border restrictions. Below we feature the top three... More

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Where foreigners are looking to buy homes outside Tokyo – November 2021 EditionWhere foreigners are looking to buy homes outside Tokyo – November 2021 Edition

This month on Real Estate Japan, we’re continuing to see strong buyer interest in For Sale properties throughout the country, with inquiries showing a year-on-year increase. The majority of searches and inquires are focused on Tokyo, but there are also many... More

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How much does an apartment cost in Osaka – November 2021 UpdateHow much does an apartment cost in Osaka – November 2021 Update

The average sales price of a newly constructed apartment in the city of Osaka was ¥39,460,000 ($349,000 USD) in October. This was a year-on-year drop of 3.3%, with the average sales price per square meter also dropping year-on-year to ¥805,000... More

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How much does an apartment cost in Tokyo – November 2021 UpdateHow much does an apartment cost in Tokyo – November 2021 Update

The average sales price of a newly constructed apartment in the greater Tokyo region was ¥67,500,000 ($596,000 USD) in October. This was a year-on-year increase of 10.1% and up 2.5% compared to September. The average sales price per square meter... More

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Akasaka redevelopment to include incubation space for start-ups and creatives in entertainment industryAkasaka redevelopment to include incubation space for start-ups and creatives in entertainment industry

Mitsubishi Estate Company, Ltd. (MEC) and TBS Holdings have announced that they will carry out a major re-development of the Akasaka 2-6 chome area in Minato Ward, Tokyo that will take place between 2022 and 2028. The project has been... More

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Special Treatment for Residential Property Taxes to be Terminated in FY2022Special Treatment for Residential Property Taxes to be Terminated in FY2022

The Japanese government plans to terminate in 2022 a special measure to alleviate property taxes for homeowners that was put in place this year to help people affected by the coronavirus-led economic downturn. In Japan fixed asset taxes (or property... More

Living

Japan to Allow Foreign Specified Skilled Workers in 14 Fields to Stay Indefinitely, Starting in 2022Japan to Allow Foreign Specified Skilled Workers in 14 Fields to Stay Indefinitely, Starting in 2022

Facing severe labor shortages in many industries, the Immigration Services Agency of Japan plans to allow all foreign skilled workers who qualify for the “Specified Skilled Worker” visa to stay indefinitely in the country, starting in 2022. This is according... More