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Guide to Reading Japanese Place Names: With Kanji and Examples

This is the first chapter in a multipart guide to reading Japanese place names. Here we’ll cover how directions and geographic relationships and attributes are read in place names. The examples given below are by no means exhaustive! Directions 中央... More

GPM Housing Service Refer-A-Friend Program

GPM Housing Service

GPM Housing Service Refer-A-Friend ProgramGPM Housing Service Refer-A-Friend Program

Do you have a friend who is looking for an apartment in Japan? Here’s a chance for you to help out your friend and make some cash for yourself. ¥10,000 Per Referral If you refer a friend to the GPM... More

GPM Housing Service

Renting an apartment in Japan can be stressful. The GPM Housing Service is designed to make it easy! Choose from 2,700+ properties. Bilingual support. Credit card payment. No guarantor required. Apply from overseas and have your place set up before you arrive. We make it easy to rent your home in Japan. For a limited time, get one month's cash back if you sign a lease with a contract start date of March 31, 2017 or earlier! This is a first-come-first-served offer until all ¥1,000,000 has been claimed. Get the details here!

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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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Part 1

Guide to Reading Japanese Place Names: With Kanji and ExamplesGuide to Reading Japanese Place Names: With Kanji and Examples

This is the first chapter in a multipart guide to reading Japanese place names. Here we’ll cover how directions and geographic relationships and attributes are read in place names. The examples given below are by no means exhaustive! Directions 中央... More

AirBnB in Japan

Operating an AirbnB-Style Vacation Rental in JapanOperating an AirbnB-Style Vacation Rental in Japan

By Erik Oskamp It is now possible through Airbnb and other websites to rent out properties on a short-term basis, mostly to tourists. In the last two years, thousands of people in Tokyo and other major cities have listed their... More

User Survey

My Ideal Apartment in Japan: User SurveyMy Ideal Apartment in Japan: User Survey

The purpose of this survey is to get your opinion on your ideal living situation in Japan, specifically with respect to the location, features and amenities that you would like to have in a Japanese apartment. We would like to... More

Property Management

A Tale of a Haunted Apartment in Tokyo: Renting Out a Stigmatized PropertyA Tale of a Haunted Apartment in Tokyo: Renting Out a Stigmatized Property

By: Erik Oskamp Many Japanese people are superstitious. An apartment next to a cemetery will be difficult to rent out, especially if you can see the tombs from the kitchen. The worst thing is if a suicide has happened in... More

Market Trends

Sales of Pre-Owned Condos in Tokyo Top New Condo Sales for First TimeSales of Pre-Owned Condos in Tokyo Top New Condo Sales for First Time

By Jeff Wynkoop In 2016 sales of pre-owned condos exceeded sales of new condos in the Tokyo area for the first time since records on both have been available (from 1996). Sales of pre-owned condos were up on a year-to-year... More

New Disclosure Requirements

Buying a Pre-Owned Home in Japan: Home Inspection DisclosuresBuying a Pre-Owned Home in Japan: Home Inspection Disclosures

By Jeff Wynkoop For the last 70 years, Japanese government policy has focused on overcoming this country’s long-term housing shortage by supporting the construction and sale of new housing. However, in the last decade the government has begun changing its... More

GPM Housing Service

Move in by March 31, 2017 and Get Up to ¥1,000,000 Cash BackMove in by March 31, 2017 and Get Up to ¥1,000,000 Cash Back

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 2,700+ properties. Properties pre-approved by landlord to be rented to... More

Property Management

Seasonality in the Residential Rental Market in JapanSeasonality in the Residential Rental Market in Japan

By Nils Herchenroeder, Tokyu Housing Lease Corporation Many owners who have just purchased a residential property in Japan ask us how long it usually takes to find a tenant for their property. While this question is hard to answer because it... More

Property Management

Japanese Govt Warns of Possible Bubble in Residential Rental MarketJapanese Govt Warns of Possible Bubble in Residential Rental Market

By Jeff Wynkoop The Japanese Cabinet Office recently indicated its concern regarding the pace of development of new assets for the residential rental market in Tokyo. New construction in the residential market was severely affected by the increase in Japanese... More

Property Management

Finding Renters for Your Tokyo Investment PropertyFinding Renters for Your Tokyo Investment Property

By Erik Oskamp In this article, Erik Oskamp, founder and president of Akasaka Real Estate, offers practical advice and tips on finding renters for your investment property, including what types of apartments to avoid, how to set asking rent, and... More