Tokyo Real Estate News & Information

Tokyo's Property Market & Useful Tips for Property Owners

Stay informed on Tokyo land prices, redevelopment projects, taxes on Japanese real estate, real estate terms, and more. We provide useful news and information especially for foreigners (non-residents) interested in buying, selling, and owning properties in Tokyo.

Opening a Bank Account in Japan

Opening a bank account in Japan could be difficult if you don't speak Japanese however, in this article we introduce banks which offer English services and you can also open an account online.Most Japanese banks are open from 9:00-15:00, Monday to Friday, except for national holidays and New Year’…

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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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All About Japanese Hanko/Inkan

If you are a foreigner who is planning to live in Japan for a while, you will probably have to set up a bank account and apply for a phone and public utilities. When you sign an application form, you may notice that the space to sign is really small. The reason for this is that when a person "signs"…

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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

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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The Quality of Homat Series Apartments in Tokyo

Homat brand apartments are designed and built by Kowa Real Estate specifically for foreign company executives and diplomats living in central Tokyo. Since 1965, Homat properties have been developed mainly around central Tokyo in areas such as Hiroo, Azabu, Akasaka, and Roppongi. These areas are popu…

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Expat Housing in Tokyo

Moving to Tokyo as a foreigner takes a lot of work to find a house and get settled. Such process involves selecting a property, area orientation, arranging a mover, all sorts of registrations, and necessary changes of all kinds. On top of that, you need to find a school and process enrollment if you…

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Real Estate Rental Income Tax in Japan

The income received when renting out a real estate property in Japan is counted as part of your taxable income. It may seem frustrating at first if you don't know where to ask or how things are calculated. Here in this easy to follow guide, we will explain what rental income taxes can affect real es…

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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; 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

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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