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 first and second-homes outside the big cities.

Here we give just a few examples of houses with a list price of $215,000 (24 million JPY) or less.

Scroll to the bottom of the article are answers to FAQs about buying a home in Japan!

4BR House for Sale in Shizuoka

This is a secluded 4BR log cabin-style house for sale in the outskirts of Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: On the outskirts of Hamamatsu-shi, Shizukoka, on the Pacific coast of central Honshu. Shizuoka prefecture is probably best known for being home to Mt. Fuji.

This is a secluded 4BR log cabin-style house for sale in the outskirts of Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Price: ¥23,900,000 ($215,000)

Size and Layout: 144-sqm, 4LDK = 4 Rooms + Living/Dining/Kitchen room

Floors:  Two

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 2006

Notes: Log cabin-style interior, large wood deck, modern kitchen. Secluded location.

2BR House for Sale in Yamanashi

2BR house for sale in Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi. Please click on the photo for the full listing, interior photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Hokuto is a town of about 45,400 people nestled in the foothills of the Japanese Alps, Yamanashi prefecture.

Airy log cabin-style interior in this 2BR house for sale in Hokuto. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Price: ¥17,500,000 ($157,000)

Size and Layout: 65-sqm, 3DK = 2 Rooms + Dining/Kitchen room

Floors:  Two

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 2006

Notes: Log cabin-style interior, wood deck, modern kitchen and bathroom.

4BR+ House for Sale in Kagoshima

4BR+ house for sale in the town of Kirishima, Kagoshima. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Kirishima is a town of 125,800 in Kagoshima prefecture on the southern tip of Kyushu.

Lovely view from the wood deck. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Price: ¥19,200,000 ($172,000)

Size and Layout: 162-sqm, 4SDK = 4 Rooms + Dining/Kitchen room + Storage Room

Floors:  Two

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 2006

Notes: Large wood deck, 1.5 bathrooms, fireplace.

3BR House for Sale Okinawa 

Where: Naha, Okinawa. Naha, with a population of 319,400, is the laid back capital of Okinawa. Not strictly the countryside but also not a crowded metropolis.

This Okinawa house features a modern kitchen and beautifully finished floors. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Price: ¥23,980,000 ($215,000)

Size and Layout: 83-sqm, 4LDK = 4 Rooms + Living/Dining/Kitchen room

Floors:  Two

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 2004

Notes: Great natural light, renovated kitchen, all western-stye rooms.

2BR House for Sale Hokkaido

2BR house for sale in the town of Akaigawa, Hokkaido. Please click on the photo for the full listing, interior photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: In the village of Akaigawa, about 70-km west of Sapporo.

Log cabin-style interior in this house for sale in Akaigawa. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Price: ¥22,600,000 ($203,000)

Size and Layout: 116-sqm, 2LDK = 2 Rooms + Living/Dining/Kitchen room

Floors:  Two

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 2004

Notes: Log cabin-style interior, fireplace, loft

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

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