What can you buy in Japan for $115,000 or less?

In this installment of the “what can you buy” series, by popular request, we take a look at what you can buy around Japan at the below average price point of ¥12,000,000 ($114,600 USD) or much less.

To put this price point in perspective:

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

Let’s look at a few examples of what’s currently on the market.

3LDK House For Sale in Saitama — Affordable, beautifully renovated traditional-style home near Tobu Zoo Park

Listing Price: ¥6,990,000 ($66,300)

Location: 5-minute walk from Tobu-Dobutsukoen Station on the Tobu Nikko line the village of Miyashiro, Saitama (population 34,000). Miyashiro is a small town primarily known for being home to Tobu Zoo Park, a zoo, amusement park and waterpark all rolled into one! Needless to say, this is a neighborhood with a small-town, family-friendly feel. From Tobu-Dobutsukoen Station it is about a one hour ride to Tokyo Station, with a transfer at Kita-Senju Station.

Property Highlights:

  • 70.24 m² 3LDK 1-story house
  • Fully renovated traditional-style home.
  • Agent also recommends this property as an investment (to be used for employee housing or vacation rental)

3LDK traditional-style house for sale in Saitama, floor plan. Please click on the photos or floor plan to see the full listing and to get in touch with a listing agent for a room view! Image: Minami Aoyama Real Estate Co. Ltd.

Image: Minami Aoyama Real Estate Co. Ltd. Please click on the photo to see the full listing.

Image: Minami Aoyama Real Estate Co. Ltd. Please click on the photo to see the full listing.

2LDK Apartment for Sale in Chiba Boso Peninsula – With views of Katsuura Bay!

Listing Price: ¥8,800,000 ($83,300)

Location: Amazing location in Chiba Boso Peninsula in the city of Katsuura, with views of Katsuura Bay.

View of Katskuura Bay from the balcony. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to get in touch with agent, Tokyu Resort Co. Ltd.

Katsuura is located on the Chiba Boso Peninsula. Image: Google Maps

Property Details:

  • 15th-floor 53-sqm 2LDK apartment in a resort-style condominium building
  • Common areas include many amenities: large hot spring bath with a sauna, an outdoor pool, an athletic room, and a laundry room
  • Western-style living/dining area. Two Japanese-style tatami rooms (bedrooms).

Image: Tokyu Resort Co. Ltd. Please click on the photo to see the full listing and to get in touch with the listing agent!

Image: Tokyu Resort Co. Ltd. Please click on the photo to see the full listing and to get in touch with the listing agent!

Image: Tokyu Resort Co. Ltd. Please click on the photo to see the full listing and to get in touch with the listing agent!

Renovated 1K Apartment for Sale in Tokyo – Near Heiwajima Station — 22- minutes direct to Shinbashi — 21-min to Yokohama Station

Listing Price: ¥11,800,000 ($83,500)

Location: Excellent location near Heiwajima Station on the Keikyu Main, about half way between central Tokyo and Yokohama! Heiwajima is a family-friendly and commuter-friendly neighborhood in Tokyo’s Ota Ward that has direct access to Haneda Airport. Examples of commute times from Heiwajima Station:

  • 22-min direct to Shimbashi Station
  • 28-min direct to Tokyo Station
  • 21-min direct to Yokohama Station
  • 25-min to Roppongi Station with one transfer
  • 18-min direct to Haneda Airport

Property details:

  • Fully renovated 3rd-floor 24.30 m² 1K apartment
  • 8-min walk from Heiwajima Station
  • Sunny, south-facing unit with flooring, system kitchen, and new bathroom/toilet fixtures

Renovated 1K apartment for rent near Heiwajima Station. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to get in touch with listing agent, ReMax Amistad. Image: ReMax Amistad

2LDK House for Sale in Osaka – Located in Sakai-shi, about a 35-min ride to Osaka Station

Listing Price: ¥8,500,000 ($81,000)

Location: 3-min walk from Asakayama Station on the Nankai Koya line. Sakai is a suburb of the city of Osaka and a popular bedroom community for people working in downtown Osaka.

From Asakayama Station, it is a:

  • 35-min ride to Osaka Station with one transfer
  • 19-min direct ride to Namba Station
  • About 1-hour ride to Kansai International Airport

Property details:

  • Fully renovated 64.88 m² 2LDK house
  • Brand new kitchen, sink, bathtub and shower, and toilet. City water and gas, coin parking nearby.
  • Located near a home DIY store, convenience store and hospital

Please click on the photo for the full listing and to get in touch with listing agent, ReMax Apex. Photo: ReMax Apex

Please click on the photo for the full listing and to get in touch with listing agent, ReMax Apex. Photo: ReMax Apex

Please click on the photo for the full listing and to get in touch with listing agent, ReMax Apex. Photo: ReMax Apex

1R Apartment for Sale in Kyoto – Near Nishioji Station – Est. Gross Yield of 8.7%

Listing Price: ¥5,800,000 ($55,000)

Location: 5-min walk from Nishi Oji Station on the Kyoto line.

  • 2-min direct ride to Kyoto Station!

Property details:

  • Currently tenanted with an estimated gross yield of 8.7%.
  • Purchase as an investment for your own use, as a pied-a-terre
  • 2nd-floor 19.00 m² 1R apartment

1R apartment for sale in Kyoto. Please click on the photo to see the full listing, including more photos. Image: Google Street View. The listing agent for this agent is Kurofune

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FAQs About Buying Property 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

Seminars on Buying Property in Japan

Please see our seminar page for a current list of seminars on: how to buy a home in Japaninvesting in Japanese real estate for beginnershow to apply for permanent residency in Japanhow to sell property in Japan, and much more.

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

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

What is the process for buying a property in Japan?

Please see our step-by-step guide: Guide to Buying Property 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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Real Estate Japan is pleased to offer free, no obligation appraisals for owners of property in Japan. Please click here and fill out the form: How much is my property worth?

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Lead photo: Coasts of Kyonan city in the Boso peninsula in front of the Uraga Channel via iStock