Rosenka land values increase nationwide for 3rd year in a row

Shijo Street in Kyoto. Rosenka land values along this section of the street increased by 25.9% in 2018.

This year, Japan’s nationwide rosenka land values increased for the third year in a row with an annual rate of growth of 0.7%. The rate of growth has increased from 2017 which saw 0.4% and 2016 with 0.2%.

The Tokyo metropolitan area saw a 4.0% increase, up from a 3.2% increase seen in 2017. Kyoto Prefecture saw a 2.2% increase and Osaka saw a 1.4% increase. A total of 18 prefectures saw an overall increase in land values in 2018, up from 13 prefectures in 2017. Total real estate transactions by listed companies in 2017 reached 5 trillion Yen (approx. 45 billion USD), up 20% from 2016 and the third highest annual volume in history.

Rosenka land values increase nationwide for first time in 8 years

Tokyo-Kyukyodo-Ginza
At 32,000,000 Yen/sqm (28,900 USD/sq.ft), the land under the Kyukyodo Building in Ginza is the most expensive in Japan.

According to Japan’s National Tax Agency, rosenka land values across Japan in 2016 increased by 0.2% from 2015. This is the first time to see an increase in the nationwide average since pre-global financial crisis in 2008.

Recent monetary easing measures, strong activity in the real estate market in central Tokyo and a surge in the number of foreign tourists are behind the increase in land prices.

Tokyo was in top place with an average increase of 2.9%. Land near the Kyukyodo Building in Ginza remains the most expensive land in Japan for the 31st year in a row. The rosenka land value in 2016 was 32,000,000 Yen/sqm (29,000 USD/sq.ft), up 18.7% from 2015 and has exceeded pre-Lehman Crisis pricing. This land reached a peak of 36,500,000 Yen/sqm in 1992, before dropping to 11,360,000 Yen/sqm in 1997.

Land alongside Omotesando Avenue in Tokyo had a rosenka value of 10,070,000 Yen/sqm in 2016, up 14.2% from 2015.

Rosenka land values up in urban areas, but down nationwide

According to the National Tax Agency, rosenka land values across Japan in 2015 fell for the 7th year in a row, although the decline appears to be bottoming out. This year nationwide land values dropped by 0.4%, which is an improvement from 2014 which saw values drop by 0.7%. In Tokyo, rosenka values increased by 2.1%, after seeing a 1.8% rise in 2014. In Osaka, values increased by 0.5%.

A rapid increase in foreign tourists and a boost in investment in central Tokyo from foreign funds has helped to pull up property values and retail rents.

Midosuji Boulevard in front of Osaka’s Hankyu Department Store saw rosenka land values rise by 10.1% from last year to 8,320,000 Yen/sqm, while Meieki Dori Avenue in front of Nagoya Station saw values increase by 11.5% to 7,360,000 Yen/sqm.

Rosenka land values down 1.8% nationwide

The National Tax Agency announced the 2013 Rosenka land valuations on July 1. Although the average land value nationwide fell for the 5th year in a row, the rate of decline is slowing. Rosenka land values were down 1.8% across Japan in 2013, after falling 2.8% in 2012 and 3.1% in 2011.

In Tokyo, the rosenka land value dropped by 0.3%, compared to a 1.2% decline in 2012.