Real Estate in Japan
Last updated on May 15, 2023
Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in Japan should start by researching the different areas of the country and deciding which one best suits their needs. They should also research the local real estate market and look for properties that fit their budget and lifestyle. Foreigners are allowed to own property in Japan, but there are some restrictions. For example, foreigners are not allowed to own land, but they can own buildings and apartments. Houses in Japan typically include amenities such as air conditioning, heating, and hot water. Many homes also have modern appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, and microwaves. Some homes may also include a garden or balcony.
How do I find a place to live in Japan?
We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:
"The initial cost is about 3.5~5 times of monthly rent which is included the rent in next month and any other additional charge. You also have an option for short-term contract apartment which is called "monthly mansion" in Japanese. It makes to you to have thinking time to explore and find your thought clearly, you can even register the address there and get the bank account or phone number here. It is sometimes difficult for foreigners to pass the screening for housing application because it is usually required Japanese conversation capability, the phone number, and emergency contact here. Quality of Japanese lease apartment is well so you do not have to consider too deep but please remember there is no furniture installed at all but air conditioner," remarked one member in Tokyo.
"One way to find a place to live in Japan is to use a real estate agent. Real estate agents can help you find a place that meets your needs and budget. You can also search online for rental listings, or contact local universities or companies to inquire about housing options. Additionally, you can look for classified ads in newspapers or on bulletin boards in public places. Finally, you can ask friends or family who live in Japan for advice and recommendations," explained one expat living in Japan.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Japan?
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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