Buying a Home in Japan? Don’t Forget to Think About Resale Value

Reselling your property involves a different set of considerations than your initial search for living space.  Nice, newer condos within a ten-minute walk of the nearest station have consistently proven to hold or grow in value in Tokyo. Currently, the... More

Relocating to Tokyo: Video Guide by Plaza Homes

[SPONSORED CONTENT] In this video presentation, Plaza Homes, one of Tokyo’s leading bilingual real estate brokerages, presents essential information for helping you and your family relocate to Tokyo. Guide to relocating to Tokyo If you are relocating to Tokyo for... More

5 Answers to Common Problems When Moving to Japan

Moving to Japan for work can be an exciting and life changing experience, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. From opening a bank account to apartment hunting, from the language barrier to cultural differences, there are... More

Japan to Lift Ban on Individual Travelers on Oct 11

Japan will lift the ban on individual travel and allow visa-free entry to the country, starting October 11th. This was announced by Prime Minister Kishida at a press conference in New York on September 22nd and reported by the Nikkei... More

Japan to consider scrapping requirement for pre-departure negative COVID test for border entry

The Japanese government may soon do away with the requirement to show proof of a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test result when entering or returning to Japan. The Nikkei newspaper reports that in an online press conference given on August 22,... More

Electricity and gas in Japan: How to sign up online, with full English support

One of the first things you’ll need to do after moving into a new apartment is to make sure that the utilities are ready to go.  If you’ve been living in Japan for a while, of course, you’ve already gone... More

5 Tips for finding an apartment in Japan that could save you 10% to 20% on rent

Apartment rents in Tokyo and other large cities in Japan are relatively inexpensive compared to most other cities in the world. Even so, no one wants to pay more than they have to for housing. In other articles, we’ve introduced... More