Where do foreigners want to buy homes in Tokyo: August 2020 Edition

In this post, we present the Top 5 most popular stations for people searching for properties for sale on realestate.co.jp in August 2020. The ranking below is based on an analysis of property listings in the Tokyo 23 Wards that people viewed and inquired about. For the 2019 annual ranking, please see this post: Where do foreigners want to buy homes in Tokyo? 

#1 Hatagaya

Sunny, spacious (75.41 m²-sqm) 3LDK apartment for sale near Hatagaya Station on the Keio New line in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The listing agent for this property is RE/MAX Amistad. Please click on the photo to see all available for sale properties in the Hatagaya neighbborhood.

Why Hatagaya?

The neighborhood of Hatagaya lies in the northwestern section of Shibuya Ward. Similar to the surrounding neighborhoods of Hatsudai and Sasazuka, Hatagaya is a very popular neighborhood for commuters looking to stay close to Shinjuku. Located to the west of Shinjuku’s busy and dense commercial district, residents will find it very easy to head into downtown Shinjuku for commuting or exploring Tokyo’s nightlife.

Learn more: Hatagaya Area Guide

See current For Sale listings: Hatgaya apartments

#2 Nakai

Spacious, brand new (2020) 25.33 m² 1K apartment for sale, 2-min walk from Nakai Station on the Seibu Shinjuku line, 2-min walk from Nakai Station on the Oedo line, and 8-min walk from Ochiai Station on the Tozai line. This is a seller direct listing by KK Clearth Life. Please click on the photo to see all available for sale properties in the Nakai neighborhood.

Why Nakai?

Nakai is a somewhat upscale residential neighborhood in Shinjuku Ward, lying to the west of Takadanobaba and north of Ochiai. It offers subdued residential living within a few stops of major hub stations, including Takadanobaba (a major commuter hub in western Tokyo and home to Waseda University and many Japanese language schools) and Shinjuku.

There are, in fact, two Nakai Stations, one on the Seibu Shinjuku line and one on the Toei Oedo line. The two stations are separated by a two-minute walk through a shopping street.

Amenities in the Nakai neighborhood include Seibo Hospital (which is known for its staff’s ability to accommodate English-speaking patients). The Myoshoji River runs east west through this neighborhood passing by the station.

See current For Sale listings: Properties for sale in Nakai

#3 Omotesando

Example of a luxury apartment for sale in Omotesando. Pictured is a 167.06 m², southeast-facing 2SLDK apartment for sale in the Domus Minamiaoyama condominium building, 12-min walk from Omotesando Station on the Chiyoda line. The listing agent for this property is Minamiaoyama Real Estate Co. Ltd. Please click on the photo to see all available for sale properties in Omotesando.

Why Omotesando?

Neighborhood Highlights

  • Omotesando is a trendy, upscale neighborhood very close to the sprawling urban center of Shibuya.
  • Well-known as a fashion capital of Tokyo, particularly for name-brand and luxury brands.
  • Omotesando Hills is a very modern shopping complex which is home to a wide variety of apparel and fashion brands.
  • Ura-Harajuku (narrow streets that exist between Harajuku and Omotesando) are hip, less traveled streets that offer a different side of urban style.
  • Plenty of cafes and restaurants in the area to choose from when meeting with friends.
  • Very attractive neighborhood for those looking for a stylish neighborhood close to English-friendly shops and services and near the headquarters of many global companies.

Learn more: Omotesando Area Guide

See current For Sale listings: Omotesando apartments

#4 Roppongi

Park Court Nogizaka Tower condominium building, Roppongi, Tokyo. Please click on the photo to see all properties currently for sale in Roppongi.

Why Roppongi?

Roppongi is a unique mix of down-market (at night) and up-market (in the daytime), where locals and foreigners go to party after hours. It is also home to Tokyo’s most luxurious urban re-development projects (including Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown), some of the city’s most expensive residential real estate, and a global business district.

Many international companies have offices in the area: Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs, Google, and SAS Institute, among others. This results in Roppongi’s population being quite global compared to other parts of Tokyo. Expat and international families tend to rate Roppongi rather highly in terms of livability due to the abundance of establishments offering English services.

Learn more: Roppongi Area Guide

See current For Sale listings: Roppongi Apartments

#5 Hiroo

Floor plan for a luxury 1SLDK apartment for sale in Hiroo. The listing agent for this property is Sumitomo Real Estate Sales. Please click on the image to see all for sale properties in Hiroo.

Why Hiroo?

Hiroo is a wealthy neighborhood in Shibuya Ward, home to many international embassies. This gives it a unique international twist that is quite special in Tokyo. Ex-pat families enjoy the livability in the area for its many international schools and English-friendly shops and services.

Learn more: Hiroo Area Guide

See current For Sale listings: Hiroo apartments

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Lead photo: Building in Omotesando, iStock