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Home Buying Tips for Foreigners in Japan

In every market, there are certain best practices that may help a buyer to complete a real estate transaction with more success and less stress. While many of these principles are the same regardless of the location of the property, for foreigners buying property in Hokkaido (or other areas of Japan), there are some specific […]

Websites That List Real Estate in Japan

A typical first step when buying real estate in Japan is to search for property listings online. There are several websites that list Japanese properties. In this post we will provide a list of the most popular Japanese property listing websites (with descriptions), and give you a plan that will help you be successful as […]

Real Estate Mediation Agreements in Japan

In every property transaction in Japan, there are two sides; the seller and the buyer. And commonly, there are two agents; a seller’s agent and a buyer’s agent. In almost all cases, the seller and the seller’s agent will sign an agreement, so they are clear about their relationship, the agent’s fees and responsibilities, and […]

Book Review of Real Estate Transactions in Japan

As part of our list of the best books about real estate in Japan, we bring you a review of the book Real Estate Transactions in Japan, by Konishi and Tada. Released in December 2023, it is certainly one of the best books on the topic, in terms of both the content and the presentation. […]

Winning Strategies for Japan Real Estate Investment Book

As part of our continuing series on the best books about real estate in Japan, we are happy to introduce Winning Strategies for Japan Real Estate Investment (2017) – an excellent collection of resources for anyone interested in investing here in Japan. This book is marked by having local experts from across the country to […]

Cash For Homes in Japan

The process of selling a home in Hokkaido typically requires a lot of time and energy. As a seller, you will get the highest value for your home when you research the market, take time to prepare the property, advertise the sale, negotiate with several potential buyers, negotiate for the best price, and allow time […]

List of the Best Niseko Ski and Snowboard Videos

As a tribute to these filmakers (and to the snow itself), we present 35 movies about skiing and snowboarding in Hokkaido. Most of the videos below are about skiing and snowboarding in Niseko, but our list also includes some Rusutsu footage, a bit of Asahidake, some scenes from the Iwanai Resort, footage from Higashikawa, some […]

Resident Comments About North Korean Missile Tests

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J-ALERT: Japan’s “National Early Warning System”

As part of our research into the impact of North Korean missile testing in Hokkaido, we have developed this report on Japan’s J-ALERT system, the “National Early Warning System” in Japan. In a separate article we provide reactions from Japanese residents to emergency messages. The J-ALERT system is used by the Japanese government to communicate […]

North Korea Fires Missile Over Hokkaido, Japan Again

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Yamamotos The Savvy Foreign Investor’s Guide to Japanese Properties

The full title of Toshihiko Yamamoto’s book about real estate in Japan is The Savvy Foreign Investor’s Guide to Japanese Properties: How to Expertly Buy, Manage and Sell Real Estate in Japan. We were interested to read more about what Yamamoto had to say about investing in property in Japan. We read his book, we […]

Landed Japan, by Christopher Dillon

As part of our series on the best books about real estate in Japan, we are happy to present our review of Landed Japan (2018), by Christopher Dillon. We know from our research on the population of Sapporo, that the total number of foreigners living and buying real estate in Hokkaido is increasing. There is […]

Japanese Real Estate Books

As a service to our clients, to students, and to professionals interested in Japanese real estate, we present our research on the best books about real estate in Japan. These books focus on Japan rather than any particular region, but wherever possible we have included details about Hokkaido real estate, as well as references to […]

Hokkaido International Schools

For some families moving to Hokkaido, sending children to an English-speaking school may be part of transitioning to life in Japan. There is basically one international school in Hokkaido, and a few other options for English-language education. In this post we will share some information on English-language K-12 schooling in Hokkaido. Public school in Hokkaido […]

Lawyers for Foreigners in Hokkaido

There are two national services in Japan that might help foreigners find a lawyer in Hokkaido. These are services that can help those that don’t speak Japanese find answers to legal questions in Japan. Both services offer some help in English and other languages. The two services are: Japan Legal Support Center Japan Federation of […]

Find a Lawyer in Hokkaido

For business and other needs, foreigners and expats commonly need the services of a lawyer in Hokkaido. In fact, for foreigners trying to buy property or to extend their stay in Japan, a local Hokkaido attorney often provide services that are an essential part of a successful plan. In this post, we’ll describe some of […]

Buying Property in Hokkaido as a Foreigner

There are many reasons why expats and foreigners want to buy property in Hokkaido. Sapporo, in particular, is a major city (5th largest in Japan), with excellent quality of life, and a reasonable cost of living. Hokkaido offers extensive opportunities to experience nature from world class skiing in Niseko in the winter, hundreds of miles […]

Find Real Estate Agents in Hokkaido

As you consider buying property in Hokkaido, one of the most important steps is finding a local Hokkaido real estate agent that represents your interests and has the experience to help you make a smart purchase. This can be even more of a challenge (and even more vital) if you’re buying property in Japan as […]

A Guide to Buying a House in Hokkaido

Buying a house is an exciting time and can be one of the biggest and most important decisions of your life. Japan is very friendly to foreign ownership of property. And while the process can be similar to what you may know from other countries, understanding the procedure for how to buy a home in […]

REINS is the MLS Service for Japan

Visitors to Find Hokkaido Agents come to learn more about how to buy Hokkaido property or about renting an apartment in Hokkaido. As part of that process, our visitors often ask: How can I view available properties online here in Hokkaido? Does Hokkaido have a multiple listing service that shows available properties online? While there […]

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