What can you buy in Kyoto for $190,000 or Less?

In this installment of the “what can you buy” series we take a virtual trip to Kyoto to see what is available for $190,000 (¥20,400,000) or less. On Real Estate Japan, Kyoto is one of the top searches for people looking to buy a home or investment property in Japan.

Let’s take a look at some representative listings in this price range.

4BR House in Higashiyama Ward

4BR house for sale in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Location: Higashiyama Ward

Higashiyama (literally “East Mountain”) Ward is best known for the district by the same name, which is located on the lower slopes of the eastern mountains and is one of the city’s best preserved historic districts. The streets in Higashiyama are lined with small shops, cafes and restaurants which have been catering to tourists for hundreds of years.

Sannenzaka Street, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto. Photo: Andrea Schaffer via Flickr

List Price: ¥19,000,000 ($177,000)

Size and Layout: 90.25 m² (969-sqft), 4LDK (4BR)

Floors: Two-stories

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 2000

Notes: Western and Japanese-style rooms, one parking space.

Small renovated house in Central Kyoto

Location: Shimogyo Ward

This property is located in Shimogyo Ward, in an excellent central location near Gojo Station and just north of the Nishi Honganji (Temple) complex.

Nishi Honganji (Temple) night illumination

2BR renovated house for sale in central Kyoto near Gojo Station and Nishi Honganji (Temple). Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

List Price: ¥18,800,000 ($174,000)

Size and Layout: 41.32 m² (445-sqft), 2LDK (2BR)

Floors: One-story

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: Recently renovated, originally built in 1950

Notes: Excellent central location near shopping and public schools. Interior was recently completely renovated, with some original ceiling beams. Skylight.

3BR Corner-Unit Apartment near Daigo Stn – Fushimi Ward

Location: Fushimi Ward

Southern Kyoto is blessed with abundant natural areas near the Horikawa River (whose underwater springs supply the water for Fushimi’s famous sake), as well as affordable residential neighborhoods and easy train connections to Osaka. Live in this part of Kyoto if you want to keep one foot in the city and the other in Osaka

A giant torii gate stands in front of Fushimi Inari Shrine, in Fushimi Ward. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

3rd-floor 3BR corner-unit apartment for sale near Daigo Stn, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto. Please click on the photo for interior photos, the full listing, and to inquire directly to the agent.

List Price: ¥17,800,000 ($166,000)

Size and Layout: 72.53 m² (781-sqft), 3LDK (3BR)

Floors: 3rd-floor corner unit in 6-story building

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 1999

Notes: Easy access to Kyoto Station. Reinforced concrete construction.

Small Renovated Machiya-Style Town House in Central Kyoto

Renovated machiya-style town house for sale in central Kyoto, near Gojo Station on the Karasuma line. Please click on the photo for more photos, the full listing, and to inquire directly to the agent.

Location: Shimogyo Ward

List Price: ¥15,800,000 ($147,000)

Size and Layout: 23.14 m² (249-sqft), 1K (single-room with kitchen)

Floors: One-floor

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: Renovated in August 2016, originally built in 2016

Notes: Excellent central location. Skylight.

3-story western-style house in Ukyo Ward

Location: Ukyo Ward

The famous bamboo groves in Sagano/Arashiyama, Kyoto.

3-story western-style house for sale in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto. Please click on the photo for the full listing, more photos, and to inquire directly to the agent.

List Price: ¥19,800,000 ($184,000)

Size and Layout: 23.14 m² (1,282-sqft), 3LDK (3BR)

Floors: 3-story

Land rights: Freehold

Year Built: 1988

Notes: All western-style rooms, lots of parking spaces, two parking spaces.

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

Which Japanese banks lend to foreigners?

How to get a property loan in Japan an overseas investor

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

Guide to Japanese real estate taxes

How to claim tax deductions and cash back if you are buying a home in 2019

Good to know! Best places to live in greater Tokyo: 2018 Survey

What you should know before you buy a vacant house in Japan

How the 2019 Consumption Tax Increase will Affect Home Buyers and Sellers in Japan

Japan Real Estate Seminars

Real Estate Japan Inc. and our partner LINC real estate consultants are pleased to present the following seminars related to buying a home in Japan and investing in Tokyo real estate. The seminars are free but seating is limited. Please learn more and register using the links below:

Getting Started in Tokyo Residential Real Estate Investment (January 17, 2019)

How to Buy Your Dream Home in Japan: Including 2019 Tax Issues (January 19, 2019)

How to sell property in Japan: Is 2019 the time to sell? (January 31, 2019)

How to get an investor visa in Japan by investing in Japanese real estate (February 2, 2019)

Lead photo: Sannenzaka Street, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto. Andrea Schaffer via Flickr