Tag Archives: Japan Property Market

Q&A – “What is Your Opinion on Investing in Properties in Smaller Cities?”

23 Oct, 2018 – As long as the city’s population is stable with a reasonably diverse economy, certainly worth considering. Take the city of Gifu, for example, smaller but stable. A quiet residential area, much smaller than Fukuoka, close to more »

Flipping Japan’s Depreciating Houses

02 Oct, 2018 – In the suburban neighbourhood of Midorigaoka, about an hour by train outside Kobe, Japan, all the houses were built by the same company in the same factory. Steel frames fitted out with panel walls and ceilings, more »

Japan Land Values Rise in Urban, Commercial and Ski Resort Sectors

25 Sept, 2018 – The benchmark land values as of July 1, announced by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, show that the national average of all-purpose land prices has increased for the first time in 27 years. It more »

Tokyo Aging Buildings Spurs Real Estate Investment Incentive

09 Sept, 2018 – The Tokyo government is working towards introducing a system to encourage the redevelopment of ageing apartments by offering developers additional floor space ratios on other projects. The new system could potentially be introduced in 2019. Under more »

Is Co-Working & Co-Living Japan’s “Next Big Thing”?

20 Aug, 2018 – Living, cooking and saving together While share-houses have existed in Japan for many years, and have been quite popular particularly since the 1990’s, their character is changing fast. While in the past these residences were known more »

Investment Opportunities in the Japanese Hotel Market as Revenues Increase

16 Aug, 2018 – With the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo just over two years away, investors are taking a closer look at Japan’s hotels. According to the Japan National Tourist Organization, more than 25.5 million travelers visited Japan more »

Japan Maintains Position as Second Largest Real Estate Market in the World

24 Jul, 2018 – The global real estate investment market increased by more than a trillion dollars in 2017 as favourable foreign exchange effects and capital-value growth helped lift the market’s size by 15%. According to the annual MSCI Real Estate Market Size Report, the real more »

Record Breaking Tourists Push Up Japan’s Land Prices

11 July, 2018 – TOKYO — A growing flood of visitors from overseas and numerous new urban redevelopment projects continued to drive demand for land in Japan, which propelled prices upward for the third consecutive year in 2017, the National more »

High Occupancy Ratios Driving Up Investment Activity into Tokyo’s Office Buildings

25 Jun, 2018 – Tokyo overtook London as the world’s busiest real estate market in the first quarter of 2018, with mega-deals and an unusually positive economic outlook driving demand. Investment volumes in the Japanese capital more than doubled to more »

Owning a Japanese Ski Holiday Property

11 Jun, 2018 Winter Is Coming Japan is internationally renown for having some of the world’s best winter sports’ hotspots – according to “Snow Japan”, one of the leading English language Japanese winter sports web portals, there are currently about more »

Japan’s Old Houses to be Transformed to Vacation Rentals

05 Jun, 2018 – Japanese property startup Rakuten Lifull Stay Inc. has concluded an agreement with Austin-based HomeAway and Japan’s leading traditional house regeneration association. The agreement aims to transform private vacant houses as accommodation properties and promote them among domestic and more »

High Demand for Japanese Short-Term Rentals Despite Local Government Restrictions

21 May, 2018 – RENTAL platforms like Airbnb are hoping for a boost from a new law coming into force next month in Japan ahead of an expected surge in demand for the 2020 Olympics, but experts warn it could more »

Understanding Japan’s Counter-Intuitive Real Estate Market

02 May, 2018 – You may think real estate investing is solely about property growth as you would find in Australia, U.K. US, Singapore and similar markets. The Japanese property market is not ripe with prospects for increased property value. more »

You Asked Us – Can Foreigners Buy Shops in Japan?

18 Apr, 2018 – Following our last piece in this series, which detailed statistics and strategies to profiting from shops and other retail properties in Japan, we received the following question from a reader – Q: How easy or difficult more »

Municipalities and Condo Associations Call the Shots on Japanese Short-Term Rentals

10 Apr, 2018 – A new law will go into effect in June to regulate minpaku, private residences rented out by their owners as short-term lodgings. To most, the new law will address changes that have occurred in recent years more »