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 the past few months on Real Estate Japan, we’ve seen a significant year-on-year increase in inquiries on properties located in central Tokyo but also in regional locations.

The properties below are just a few of the 10,000+ For Sale properties we currently list. Scroll to the bottom of the article for answers to FAQs about buying a home in Japan.

2BR House in Ibaraki Prefecture

Cute 2BR cottage-style house for sale in the mountain town of Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Hokuto-shi, Yamanashi prefecture, in the Japanese Alps. About 141-km west of Tokyo.

This property features a log cabin-style interior and wood deck.

Price: ¥14,800,000 ($131,000)

Size and Layout: 67-sqm, 2LDK = 2 Rooms + Living/Dining/Kitchen room

Floors:  Two

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 1999

6BR house for sale Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara

Spacious 6BR 187-sqm house for sale, with a two-car carport. Located in the town of Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture in western Japan, about 5-km south of the city of Nara, famous for its deer and many temples. Please click on the photo for the full listing and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Yamatokoriyama is a small town in Nara prefecture, about 15-min south of Nara (City), Japan’s ancient capital and a modern-day tourist town famous for it’s free-roaming deer and well-preserved temples and shrines.

Price: ¥12,000,000 ($106,000)

Size and Layout: 187-sqm, 6LDK = 6 Rooms + Living/Dining/Kitchen room. Two parking spaces.

Floors:  Two

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 1992

5BR House For Sale Omura-shi Nagasaki

This is a spacious 117-sqm 5BR house for sale in the town of Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Omura-shi, Nagasaki prefecture, is a small town of about 96,000 people on Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu.

Price: ¥15,800,000 ($139,000)

Size and Layout: 117-sqm, 6DK = 5 Rooms + Dining/Kitchen room.

Floors:  Two

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 1977

4BR House for Sale Akaiwa-shi, Okayama

4BR House for sale in the town of Akaiwa, Okayama. Japanese and western-style rooms and covered parking. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Akaiwa-shi, Okayama prefecture, is a small town of about 45,000 people, located about 165-km west of Osaka.

Sunny and spacious Japanese and western-style rooms in this home.

Price: ¥15,800,000 ($139,000)

Size and Layout: 126-sqm, 4LDK = 4 Rooms + Dining/Kitchen room.

Floors:  Two

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 2000

3BR House for Sale in Tsukubamirai-shi, Ibaraki

3BR house for sale in the town of Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki prefecture. Large yard and parking space. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Where: Tsukubamira-shi is a town of 49,000 people, located in Ibaraki prefecture. About 16-km south of Tsukuba (City), famous for being a science and technology hub and about 57-km north of Tokyo.

Spacious western-style rooms in this house for sale in Ibaraki.

Price: ¥10,800,000 ($95,000)

Size and Layout: 91-sqm, 3LDK = 3 Rooms + Dining/Kitchen room.

Floors:  Two

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 2006

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