What can you buy for $90,000 in Cities Around Japan: From Sapporo to Fukuoka

In this installment in the “what can you buy” series, by popular request we take a look at what you can buy around Japan for ¥10,000,000 ($90,000) or less.

To put this budget in perspective, in 2018, the average listing price for a single-family home in the Tokyo 23 Wards was about ¥64,870,000 ( a year-on-year increase of 8.5%).

After the examples, we give answers to FAQs about buying property in Japan as a foreigner.

Let’s look at some listings!

Studio Apartment in Sapporo – Est. Net Yield of 8.1%

Location: Near Motomachi Station in Higashi Ward, Sapporo. About a 16-min direct ride to Sapporo Station.

The property is located in a residential neighborhood with easy access to Sapporo Station. Pictured is the local Coop Supermarket, Motomachi Branch.

1R studio apartment for sale in Sapporo. Currently occupied with estimated net yield of 8.1%. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

Price: ¥4,700,000 ($42,400)

Size and Layout: 20.81 m² (223-sqft) 1R studio apartment

Floor: 3rd-floor in 7-story building

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 1991

Structure: Reinforced concrete

Notes: Currently occupied with an estimated net yield of 8.1%. Buy for your own use or as an investment property. Buy for your own use or as an investment.

2BR House for Sale in Chiba

Location: 3-min by car from Kobayashi Staton on the JR Narita line. About a 15-min direct ride to Narita Airport and about a 1-hr-20-min ride to Tokyo Station.

The property looks out to neighboring rice fields. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

2BR house for sale in Inzai-shi, Chiba. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

Price: ¥5,300,000 ($48,000)

Size and Layout: 70.38 m²  (757-sqft) 2BR (2LDK) house on a 197.89 m² lot

Floors: One-story

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 1993

Structure: Wood

Notes: Currently occupied with an estimated gross yield of 13.1%. Buy for your own use or as an investment property.

Studio Apartment in Central Kyoto – Near Gojo Station

Location: Excellent central location in Kyoto, about a 3-min walk from Gojo Station on the Karasuma line, 13-min walk from Karasuma Stn on the Hankyu Kyoto Main line. Just north of Honganji (Temple).

The property is an excellent central location in Kyoto, about a 20-min walk from Nishiki Market, known as “Kyoto’s kitchen,” a narrow 5-block-long shopping street lined with more than 100 shops and restaurants where you can buy the best of the local food and cuisine.

1R studio apartment for sale near Gojo Station in Kyoto. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

Price: ¥8,800,000 ($79,500)

Size and Layout: 24.24 m² (258-sqft) 1K studio apartment

Floor: 2nd

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 1992

Structure: Steel-reinforced concrete

Notes: Currently occupied with an estimated gross yield of 6.3%. Buy for your own use or as an investment property.

6th-Floor Studio Apartment in Osaka – Excellent location, estimated gross yield 7.1%

Location: 6-min walk from Higashi Mikuni Station on the Midosuji line in Osaka, one-stop direct to Shin-Osaka Station (which is the western-terminal station of the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo).

The property is located near Kita Nakajima Park and one-stop from Shin Osaka Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

6th-floor studio apartment for sale in an excellent location, one-stop from Shin Osaka Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

Price: ¥8,800,000 ($79,500)

Size and Layout: 19.69 m² (212-sqft) 1K studio apartment

Floor: 6th

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 2001

Structure: Steel-reinforced concrete

Notes: Currently occupied with an estimated gross yield of 7.4%. Buy for your own use or as an investment property.

4BR Traditional-Style House for Sale in Fukuoka – Built in 1882

Location: Town of Okagaki, Fukuoka. The property is situated several hundred-meters off of a major road.

4BR traditional-style house for sale in the town of Okagaki, Fukuoka. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

The property is situated several hundred-meters off of a major road.

Price: ¥4,300,000 ($39,000)

Size and Layout: 113.99 m² m² (1,226-sqft) 4BR (4LDK) traditional-style house on a 354.00 m² lot

Floor: Two-floors

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 1882

Structure: Wood

Notes: Currently occupied with an estimated gross yield of 13.4%. Buy for your own use or as an investment property.

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