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Real Estate in Japan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 08, 2024

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.

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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:

"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," said one expat in Japan.

"My husband's company gave us a real estate agent. We told her what we were looking for, and our price range. We also brought our dog with us, so it was much more difficult to find a place. Most places that allowed dogs were much more expensive," remarked one member in Tokyo.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood 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.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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