Real Estate Japan Picture of the Day – Shiodome Italian Town

Shiodome Overlooking the Hamarikyu Gardens and gleaming skyscrapers, international restaurants and a variety of showrooms and museums, Shiodome was developed on a former freight yard that was once the original site of Shimbashi Station. The Shiodome area has an impressive... More

IKEA Harajuku: IKEA’s First City-Center Location

IKEA Harajuku is the Swedish build-it-yourself home furnishing company’s’s first foray into opening a store located in an urban area. On June 8, IKEA Harajuku opened its doors, which coincidentally are located right across the new Harajuku Station on the... More

Real Estate Japan Picture of the Day – Sugamon Mascot at Sugamo Post Office

Jizo Dori Shoppingg Street Jizo Dori is a shopping street in the northern Tokyo neighborhood of Sugamo. The 800-meter long road is filled with about 200 shops and restaurants mainly targeted toward the elderly. Because of this, Jizo Dori is affectionately called... More

Real Estate Japan Picture of the Day – Giraffe Construction Crane

Arakawa Ward Arakawa Ward is one of Tokyo’s northernmost districts, bordered by the cities of Kawaguchi and Toda (in Saitama prefecture) to the north and the wards of Adachi, Taito to the north and south; with small sections of the ward... More

What is a shoutengai and why should I want to live near one?

Shoutengai (しょうてんがい、商店街) are a quintessential thread in the fabric of many Tokyo communities. The word translates to “shopping street,” which is an accurate description at the base level. However, without a little context or experience in Tokyo it might be... More

Real Estate Japan Picture of the Day — Bubble Tea from Satake Shopping Street in Taito

Satake Shopping Street Taito Taito Ward is the smallest of the 23 special wards of Tokyo but is home to a few famous neighborhoods. The popular Asakusa district is located in Taito, where the oldest temple in Tokyo (Senso-ji) can be found.... More

Real Estate Japan Picture of the Day – Tachikawa Ramen Square NY

Tachikawa Tachikawa Station is located on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid), JR Nambu Line, JR Ome Line, and Narita Express. Tachikawa Station is also a stop for Limited Express trains on the JR Chuo Line. If you look at a... More