Airbnb in Japan: Local Governments Slap Strict Restrictions on Rentals

By Jeff Wynkoop In June 2018, the new national law authorizing Airbnb-style letting of private rooms in homes (the so-called Minpaku Law) will come into force. Currently there are two options for running a minpaku legally: (1) a minpaku can... More

Tokyo Property Prices Compared to Other Global Cities: Growth Ranking

Compared to most other major Asian cities, Tokyo residential property prices have risen only modestly this year, according to a recent survey by the Japan Real Estate Institute (JREI). In JREI’s 9th International Real Estate Price and Rent Index survey,... More

Buying Property in Tokyo

What Can You Buy in Tokyo Now For $220,000?

On Real Estate Japan this year, we saw a significant year-on-year increase in inquiries from people looking to buy homes and investment properties in Tokyo. This is against a market in which there is a very tight supply of new... More

What can you buy for $215,000 in the Japanese countryside?

In this article, we take a look at what is currently available in the Japanese countryside for about 215,000 USD or much less. In the past year on Real Estate Japan, we’ve seen a growing trend in buyers looking for... More

$1 Million Buys 91 Square Meters of Tokyo Luxury Real Estate

Knight Frank’s 2017 Prime International Residential Index (PIRI) rankings reveal how many square meters of luxury residential real estate could be purchased for one million US dollars across the world’s top cities last year. In 2016, a high-net-worth individual looking... More

Earthquake Building Codes and Technology in Japan

Japan is a seismically active country, so it is important to have a basic understanding of building standards here prior to buying a new home. 1981 Amendment to the Building Standards Law The Building Standards Law was amended in 1981... More

Buying Property in Japan

What can you buy in Japan’s small towns for $150,000?

In this installment of the “What can you buy in Japan” series, we go outside the big cities of Tokyo and Osaka to see what is available for $150,000 (¥17 million) or much less in regional cities and towns. In... More