Tokyo Real Estate News & Information

Tokyo's Property Market & Useful Tips for Property Owners

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The Jonan Gozan - 5 hilltop brand residential areas in Tokyo

The Jonan Gozan - 5 hilltop brand residential areas in Tokyo

The Jonan Gozan (go= five, zan= mountain) is a term used to define the 5 hilltop areas in the Jonan (Jo= castle, nan= south) district of Tokyo - the area from Meguro Station to Shinagawa Station. The 5 mountains are respectively: Ikedayama, Gotenyama, Shimazuyama, Hanabusayama, and Yatsuyama. Each…

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Tokyo’s high class residential areas with the historical names not shown on a map

Tokyo’s high class residential areas with the historical names not shown on a map

Though there are many high class residential areas with historical prestige scattered throughout Tokyo, their names cannot be found on any maps. The names of these places no longer exist–as they have been changed due to address unifications or the changing of town names–they are still known locally…

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Restoration and cleaning fee when moving out of rental housing in Japan

Restoration and cleaning fee when moving out of rental housing in Japan

How much of the deposit will be refunded when vacating a rental apartment? The Lease contracts used when renting housing have a clause defining the restoration requirements for a property when moving out. Most contracts will state that “the lessee shall restore the leased property to it's original c…

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Ordinary Lease Contract vs. Fixed-term Lease Contract

Ordinary Lease Contract vs. Fixed-term Lease Contract

When renting out a real estate property to a lessee or renting from a lessor, you have the choice using either an “Ordinary Lease Contract” or a “Fixed-term Lease Contract” when making a contract. The “Act on Land and Building Leases” provides guidelines for midterm cancellations and contract renewa…

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Lease Office Market Trends in Tokyo the second half of 2018

Lease Office Market Trends in Tokyo the second half of 2018

The office building market in Tokyo is experiencing an unexpectedly steady inflation due to a high demand from companies looking to relocate and expand their office spaces. While the vacancy rate of offices remains at a historically low level, most of the newly constructed building’s office spaces a…

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Income Tax on Rental Real Estate Income

Income Tax on Rental Real Estate Income

The income received when renting out a real estate property is counted as part of your taxable income. Here is an easy to follow guide explaining rental income taxes that can affect real estate investments. How to calculate your income tax The amount of income tax that will need to be paid is calcu…

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Standard Land Price for Tokyo in 2018 sees a 6 year consecutive increase

Standard Land Price for Tokyo in 2018 sees a 6 year consecutive increase

Standard Land Price for Tokyo in 2018 sees a 6 year consecutive increase; Steady demands of active foreign tourists, Effect of on-going redevelopment projects, Price rise is increasing in commercial area. On September 18th, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism announced the st…

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Tokyo Interior Design Services with English-friendly Agents

Tokyo Interior Design Services with English-friendly Agents

If you’re living or working in central Tokyo, you’ll likely find that housing and office space is more compact than what you may be used to in your home country. That said, layouts are often designed with ease of use and practicality in mind. Be it your home or office, you can customize your space t…

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The 3A Areas in Central Tokyo – The Allure of Azabu, Akasaka, and Aoyama

The 3A Areas in Central Tokyo – The Allure of Azabu, Akasaka, and Aoyama

Minato-ku lies at the center of Tokyo and its allure attracts many big domestic and foreign companies looking to establish their offices there and business people with high incomes looking for a place to live. Within this ward are the areas of “Azabu”, “Aoyama”, and “Akasaka”. These three locations…

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Guide to Traditional and Modern Japanese Architecture

Guide to Traditional and Modern Japanese Architecture

Tokyo Architecture Offers a Rich, Visual Guide of Japan’s Past and Present Japan has a lot to offer to those with an interest in architecture. Architectural styles in Japan have evolved over the centuries, heavily influenced by geography, climate, the raw materials available, and even the course of…

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