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What does a spacious custom-built house look like in Japan? Here are some examples currently on the market

In this installment of the spacious homes in Japan series, we take a look at gorgeous custom-built homes currently on the market around the country. What is considered a “spacious” home in Japan? An average family-style apartment in Japan’s big cities generally... More

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What can you buy for $1.5million to $2 million in Japan? Luxury dream homes from around Japan

In this installment in the “what can you buy” series, by popular request, we are going up market… to the $1.5 million to $2million price range. This is equivalent to between ¥162 million and ¥217 million. To put this price... More

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What does an affordable, spacious home look like in Japan? Examples from around the country for $270,000 or Less

What is considered a spacious home in Japan? For the country as a whole, on average, each person in Japan has about 22.3-square meters (240-sqft) of living space. In the Tokyo 23 Wards, this number is a bit lower at... More

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Building Management Fees in Japan: What are they and Why do I have to pay them?

By David Imme, Tokyu Housing Lease Many residential buildings in Japan, especially in bigger cities, are apartment buildings with dozens or even hundreds of units. As opposed to free-standing single-family homes, they are managed by the building management association (or... More

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What can you buy for $145,000 around Japan?

By popular request, in this installment of the “what can you buy” series, we take another virtual tour around Japan, from big cities to medium-sized towns, to see what is available at the $145,000 (16 million JPY) price point. To... More

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How much living space do you need to be happy? Japan Survey Results

As part of a nationwide study carried out by the Association of Real Estate Agents of Japan on the effect of home buying on people’s lifestyles, survey results were recently released regarding the subjective level of satisfaction that people feel... More

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What can you buy in other parts of Japan for the average price of a house in Tokyo?

In this installment of “what can you buy” we decided to take a hypothetical budget of  ¥64,870,000 (about $589,000) and go house hunting outside Tokyo’s 23 Wards, just as many people do when they want to find a good value outside... More

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What can you buy for $280,000 in Japan?

On Real Estate Japan, buyer interest in purchasing a home outside Tokyo has been steadily growing in the past year. In this installment of “What can you buy…?” we take a virtual tour around Japan to see what can be... More

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What can you buy in Japan’s smaller cities for $150,000 or less?

March has started off with roar, in terms of user interest in “for sale” properties on Real Estate Japan. Buyers are showing especially strong interest in Tokyo’s 23 wards and in western suburbs like Machida and secondary markets like Osaka,... More

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7 Easy Ways to Organize the Genkan Entryway in a Japanese Apartment

In this chapter of the “how to live in a Japanese apartment” series, we explain what a genkan is and give you some easy ideas for making the most of the space in a typical Japanese apartment entryway. The genkan is... More

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What can you buy for $120,000 in Japan’s Smaller Cities?

Despite the continuing rise in residential property prices in Tokyo’s 23 Wards, we have continued to see a high level of interest in central Tokyo properties, from both investors and people looking for family homes. In parallel, this year, we... More

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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

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Luxury Tokyo Homes: What Can You Buy for $2.75M in Tokyo?

In this exclusive luxury Tokyo homes feature, Real Estate Japan is pleased to present for sale a truly unique home in the heart of the upscale neighborhood of Kami Yoga 3-Chome, in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward. The Kamiyoga 3-Chome House is... More

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Unique Homes in Japan: 1.8 Meter-Wide House in Tokyo

At 1.8 meters (6 feet) wide, this unique home in Tokyo pushes the limits of skinny houses to the extreme, even in a country where architects often design for extremely narrow and oddly shaped lots. The rooms in this four-story residence,... More

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Weekend Homes in Japan: “Playground for Grownups” by the Sea

In the first installment in our new series on Weekend Homes in Japan, we feature a hillside retreat on the western coast of Japan designed as a “playground for grownups” to have a luxurious getaway from the city. Designed by Osaka... More

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Unique Homes in Japan: Glowing House With A Secret Tunnel

This unique home in Japan is a barn-style house with a secret tunnel. It is perched on a hillside overlooking Lake Hamana in Shizuoka prefecture on Honshu’s Pacific coast. Designed by the firm of Yukiharu Suzuki & Associates, the architect... More

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Unique Homes in Japan: Living as a Nomad in a Glass Treehouse

In this installment of the unique homes in Japan series, we feature one of Sou Fujimoto Architect‘s most radical residential works, the transparent jungle gym-like “House NA,” which was designed for a young couple in a quiet neighborhood in Nakano ward,... More

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5 Space-Saving Ideas From Japan For a Small Home

Especially in urban areas, homes in Japan are often cramped, but it doesn’t mean they’re always cluttered. Here are some interesting space-saving ideas from Japanese architects, product and furniture designers, and DIYers to make your space a little bigger. Stairway Storage... More

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Unique Homes in Japan: Woodcraft Shelf House Inspired by Islamic Architecture

In this installment of the Unique Homes in Japan series, we feature a home in Osaka prefecture, Japan whose structure and design is a harmonious blend of traditional Japanese woodcraft, storehouse building techniques and Islamic architecture. The form of this home, designed by... More

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Unique Homes in Japan: Sliver of a House in Tokyo

In this installment of the Unique Homes in Japan series, we feature a very small house in Suginami ward, in western Tokyo that is wedged onto a 52 sqm (about 560 sqft.) acutely triangular site area formed by the intersection... More