A former post office in Kagoshima Prefecture has drawn a lot of buzz online for its charming appearance and low price, with buyer inspections already fully booked for the rest of July.
The former Kago Kinzan Post Office originally opened in 1904 but was possibly rebuilt sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. It was in use until 1981 when a new post office was built just down the street.
The 300 sqm parcel of land is listed for sale for 1 million Yen (aprox. US$9,300) with the old post office building thrown in for free. While the purchase cost may be low, it requires as much as 5 million Yen (approx. US$47,000) in repairs and renovations to make it habitable. It was occupied for a few years after its closure in the 1980s but has been sitting unused by the owner ever since.
Kinzancho is a small mountain village about a 15-minute drive from Makurazaki City. It has a population of just 170 residents as of 2015, although that number may have shrunk further since then. Makurazaki City has a population of 20,700 residents. The city population has been in decline since reaching its peak of 35,500 residents in 1955.
Source: MyNavi News, July 2, 2020.
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