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Dubious development site in Kyoto finds buyer

Dubious development site in Kyoto finds buyer

An offshore buyer may have been found for a large block of land with an interesting history in central Kyoto. The land is located in one of Kyoto’s leading tourist areas.  Amidst a booming tourism industry and improving real estate market, a property such as this should have buyers lining out the door to bid…

Japan’s supply of new office space hits lowest level since 1980

Japan’s supply of new office space hits lowest level since 1980

According to the Japan Real Estate Institute, 1.35 million square meters (approx. 14.5 million sq ft) of new office space was supplied across the country in 2016, down 25% from 2016 and the lowest level seen since 1980. 84% of the new supply was centered in Tokyo’s 23 wards. Sapporo, Sendai, Saitama, Kyoto and Kobe…

Kyoto may impose hefty tax on short-term accommodation hosts

Kyoto City is firming up plans to impose a nightly tax on providers of short-term accommodation, or ‘minpaku’-type rentals. If approved, it could go into effect from October 2018. Under the proposal, hosts or providers may be taxed at 200 Yen per night on accommodation that is priced at under 20,000 Yen per person, per…

Hublot moves into historic machiya in Gion, Kyoto

Hublot moves into historic machiya in Gion, Kyoto

Swiss watch brand Hublot will be opening up a boutique in an old machiya-style townhouse in Kyoto’s famous Gion district on August 26. The previous tenant was Hermes. The shop will feature custom Japanese washi paper and wickerwork replicating the company’s logo, while customers will receive Japanese-style folding fans as gifts.

Renovated machiya guesthouse in Kyoto makes 1 million Yen in first month

Renovated machiya guesthouse in Kyoto makes 1 million Yen in first month

A renovated guesthouse located just 7 minutes from Kyoto Station has made a gross turnover of 1 million Yen (approx. 9,150 USD) in the first month of operations. Yadoru Kyoto Washi-no-Yado is a 102-year old traditional Kyoto machiya-style townhouse that was given a full renovation and converted into a holiday rental. The occupancy rate for…

Sankei Building to enter Kyoto machiya hotel business

Sankei Building to enter Kyoto machiya hotel business

On July 27, The Sankei Building Co., a Tokyo-based real estate company, announced that they will be entering the Kyoto machiya hotel business. Their first property is a traditional machiya merchant residence located a kilometer from Nijo Castle that is scheduled to open in April 2018. The two-story wooden residence has a total floor area…

New apartment price-to-income ratio drops for first time in 7 years

New apartment price-to-income ratio drops for first time in 7 years

According to Tokyo Kantei, the average price of a brand new apartment across Japan was 7.59 times the average annual income in 2016, down 0.07 points from 2015 and the first drop reported in 7 years. The price-to-income ratio across greater Tokyo was 10.68, down 0.31 points from 2015, and the first decline seen in…

New apartment prices in Kyoto drop as developers are forced out of city center

New apartment prices in Kyoto drop as developers are forced out of city center

The supply of brand new apartments in Kyoto City in the first half of 2017 increased by 21.7% from the same period in 2016, while the average sale price saw a steep drop of 24.1% to 43,280,000 Yen. The reason for the decrease in the price was due to intense competition for hotel development sites…

Kyoto’s most expensive rental apartments to open in 2018

Kyoto’s most expensive rental apartments to open in 2018

Kyoto’s most expensive rental apartment building is scheduled open in May 2018. The 5-storey La Tour Kyoto Higashiyama residence is being developed by Sumitomo Realty in the Higashiyama ward. It will be part of Sumitomo’s ‘La Tour’ brand of high-end rental apartments. The developer currently operates 20 La Tour buildings in central Tokyo, but this…

Kyoto’s tourism boom creates office shortage

With office vacancy rates in the 2% range, commercial tenants in Kyoto are reporting difficulty in finding new office space as the city’s supply of office buildings dwindles. This year, parts of Higashiyama, Nakagyo and Shimogyo saw rosenka land values increase by over 20%. Rising land values are being supported by the city’s booming tourist…

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