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, Nagoya, and Sapporo.

As we noted in a recent post (What is the price of a new house in Tokyo?), the average price per square meter of a newly constructed house in the Tokyo 23 wards was ¥664,652 ($6,168). This was a year-on-year increase of 12.2%, with the average list price being ¥64,870,000, a year-on-year increase of 8.5%.

In this article, we give a few examples of single-family homes for sale in Japan’s smaller cities with a list price of ¥15,900,000 ($150,500) or much less. This is a price point that is not out of the question when you’re looking outside Tokyo’s 23 Wards. Scroll to the bottom of the article for answers to frequently asked questions about buying property in Japan as a foreigner.

Now let’s take a look at some examples!

2BR+ House for Sale Takai-shi, Osaka

2BR+ house for sale in Takai, Osaka. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Takai is a city of about 56,000 people located 30-km south of Osaka City

Price: ¥15,800,000 ($148,000)

Size and Layout: 2BR+ (2SLDK), 80.19-sqm

Floors: 2-stories

Year Built: 2005

Notes: All western-style rooms, one parking space, convenient residential neighborhood

6BR House for Sale in Tsubame-shi, Niigata

6-bedroom house for sale in Tsubame-shi, Niigata prefecture. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Nearby is Mt. Yahiko

Where:  Tsubame is a city located in north-central Niigata Prefecture, in the Hokuriku region of Japan.

Price: ¥14,800,000 ($139,000)

Size and Layout: 6BR (6LDK) house, 156.68-sqm

Floors: 2-stories

Year Built: 1988

Notes: Spacious Japanese and western-style rooms

3BR House for Sale in Togane-shi, Chiba

3BR house for sale in Togane-shi, Chiba. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Togane, with a population of 60,700, is located in Chiba Prefecture, about 75-km east of Tokyo

Price: ¥13,000,000 ($122,000)

Size and Layout: 3BR (3LDK), 93.57-sqm

Floors: 2-stories

Year Built: 2006

Notes: All western-style rooms, convenient residential area

4BR House for Sale in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido

4-bedroom house for sale in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Noboribetsu, population 49,500, is home to some of Hokkaido’s most famous hot springs.

Price: ¥12,980,000 ($122,000)

Size and Layout: 4BR (4LDK), 116.55-sqm

Floors: 2-stories

Year Built: 1995

Notes: Spacious open-plan living/dining room leading to one Japanese-style room. All other rooms are western-style. Recently renovated and located in a quiet residential area.

3BR House for Sale in Fuji-shi, Fukuoka

3-bedroom house for sale in Fuji-shi, Fukuoka. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Fuji-shi (pictured in the lead photo), is the third largest city in Shizuoka prefecture, with a population of about 248,000

Price: ¥12,300,000 ($116,000)

Size and Layout: 3BR (3LDK), 99.15-sqm

Floors: 3-stories

Year Built: 2010

Notes: Three-story townhouse, all western-style rooms

FAQs About Buying a Home in Japan

Can a foreigner buy property in Japan?

Yes. You can buy property in Japan regardless of your nationality or country of origin. There are also no residency requirements for buying real estate in Japan. Securing financing as a resident foreigner is more complicated. For info on financing, please see “Basic Requirements for Getting a Mortgage as a Foreigner in Japan“.

How do I get a home loan as a foreigner in Japan?

Please see this article for information on: Getting a home loan as a foreigner in Japan

What is the process for buying a home in Japan?

Please see our step-by-step guide: Guide to Buying a Home in Japan

See how much you can borrow and your monthly payments in yen: Yen Mortgage Loan Calculator

For information about purchase and brokerage fees: Breakdown of real estate purchase fees and taxes in Japan

Need to know: Earthquake building codes and technology in Japan