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Why do foreigners come to live in Japan? Breakdown by Visa Status

In this article, we analyze visa and residency status data to answer the question, “Why do foreigners come to live in Japan?” Before we go any further we realize that there are limits to what visa status can actually tell... More

One Month's Rent Cash Back Campaign

Sign a lease contract with a start date of August 31, 2017 or earlier and get one month's rent cash back!

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.

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.

REJ Room Finder

Finding the perfect apartment in Japan can be stressful. Let the REJ Room Finder do the work for you!

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

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Living in Japan

Why do foreigners come to live in Japan? Breakdown by Visa StatusWhy do foreigners come to live in Japan? Breakdown by Visa Status

In this article, we analyze visa and residency status data to answer the question, “Why do foreigners come to live in Japan?” Before we go any further we realize that there are limits to what visa status can actually tell... More

Living in Style

7 Simple Ideas for Decorating a Small Japanese Apartment7 Simple Ideas for Decorating a Small Japanese Apartment

You don’t have to give up style or comfort just because you live in a small apartment. To help you get inspired, we present some design ideas from small studio apartments (1R or 1K) around Japan. This is part of... More

Living in Japan

How much living space does the average household have in Japan?How much living space does the average household have in Japan?

There is a stereotype that homes in Japan are so small that they can be likened to rabbit hutches. In this article we take a look at the data to see the average amount of living space per person in... More

Real Estate Law

Expiration of “Productive Green Areas” in 2022: Impact on Commercial Land PricesExpiration of “Productive Green Areas” in 2022: Impact on Commercial Land Prices

By Jeff Wynkoop Have you ever come across a rice paddy wedged in between office buildings in a Japanese city? Most likely you were looking at a “Productive Green Area.” There are over 63,000 of these parcels of land scattered... More

Buying a Home in Tokyo

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

This month, we continue to see strong growth in the number of 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... More

Living in Japan

Move Into These Central Tokyo Apartments for About $1,000Move Into These Central Tokyo Apartments for About $1,000

It is eminently possible to find an budget apartment outside central Tokyo. It’s a bigger challenge to find an affordable apartment inside the Yamanote line, and an even bigger challenge to find a place with low move-in costs. It’s a... More

Living in Japan

How affordable was it to buy a home in Japan by Prefecture in 2016?How affordable was it to buy a home in Japan by Prefecture in 2016?

Home affordability decreased for the average income earner in Japan last year. This is according to a data recently released by Tokyo Kantei, which shows that the nationwide income multiple (compared to the average price of a home) increased in 2016,... More

GPM Housing Service

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

Market Trends

Highlights of the 2017 Rosenka Roadside Land Value Survey of JapanHighlights of the 2017 Rosenka Roadside Land Value Survey of Japan

By Jeff Wynkoop The National Tax Agency recently published its 2017 Roadside Land Values (路線価 or rosenka), and the key takeaway is that the national average price for land went up for the second straight year. Last year’s 0.2% growth... More

Market Trends

How to Improve Tenant Recruitment and Create Interest in Your Japan Investment PropertyHow to Improve Tenant Recruitment and Create Interest in Your Japan Investment Property

By Nils Herchenroeder Many investors in real estate have come across this situation: You are feeling good about the purchase of your new property, the market situation looks good, and now you just need to find a tenant to start receiving... More