Land Transaction Prices in Japan

If you are interested in finding out current and past market prices of land in Tokyo and other areas in Japan, the following website called the "Land General Information System" lists the real estate transaction prices of land sold in Japan since 2005.  For privacy reasons, the exact address of each block of land is not published, but other details such as the size of the block, area and distance to nearest station are provided. Please be aware that not every transaction is published and there are sometimes errors in the sales data.Read more

Kenyan Minister facing questions over land purchase in Tokyo

Kenya's financial minister is being questioned over a government purchase of a block of land in Tokyo to build a new Kenyan Embassy. The purchase price was 1.6 billion Yen (USD18 million) and the government is being accused by a Parliamentary Committee of not doing adequate research prior to purchase, resulting in paying too much for something in a "low end market area." Kenya's budget allows for the purchase of buildings, but not vacant land.

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Omotesando's most expensive home

minamiaoyama-4-chome-house-entrancePrice: 900,000,000 Yen Reduced to 790 million Yen in 2012.
House Size: 499.95 sqm (5280 sqft)

This large private house priced at 790 million Yen is one of the most expensive homes for sale in Minato-ku.  The total floor area is almost 500sqm (5,380 sqft) and has 4-bedrooms, home elevator, sauna, rooftop terrace and 4 car garage. The grand entrance features a winding staircase and chandelier.

This house has been on the market since early 2010 and has yet to find a buyer. The price was reduced in 2012 from 900 to 790 million Yen. *Update: The brightly coloured home was still on the market in 2014.

The Minamiaoyama address is considered to be one of the best in Tokyo, and many celebrities have residences here. Land values continue to remain high in this neighborhood. The house is walking distance to Omotesando Hills, Prada, Nezu Museum, cafes and more. Read more

90% of units sold out

The Roppongi Tokyo Club Residence made its initial sale offering of 92 units on July 17th, 2010.  Over half of the units offered for sale were priced above 100,000,000 JPY.  Of these 92 units, 90% have received purchase applications.  The 7 penthouse apartments priced between 268,000,000 JPY and 480,000,000 JPY have all been sold.

Japan's other aging problem

takanawa-high-mansion-1971Most apartment buildings in Japan have a service life of approximately 60 years, after which it can become necessary to rebuild.

In the past 10 years, the number of apartment buildings in Japan over 30 years old has increased from 120,000 to 930,000 buildings. Of Tokyo's 23 Wards, 49% of apartments over 30 years old are located in the  Minato, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Setagaya and Suginami Wards. Areas such as Roppongi, Akasaka, Jingumae, Minamiaoyama and Takanawa have the highest concentration of old apartments.

The Apartment Reconstruction Facilitation Law was established to provide regulation over the rebuilding of apartment buildings as well as supporting the rights of residents in these buildings.Read more

Demolition work starts on Roppongi spa

Zaboo Roppongi

The scaffolding is up as demolition work began this weekend on Zaboo spa and onsen in Roppongi.

Located across the street from Roppongi Hills, Zaboo closed its doors on January 1, 2008 after less than 2 years in operation. The building was owned by Unimat Realty.

There are plans to build a multi-uni apartment building on the land, and possibly combining the land with the adjacent carpark.

Tokyo Apartment Sales Movements


The graph above shows the total inventory of apartments and the sales contract rates from 2008 to June, 2010.

A contract rate above 70% is considered to indicate favourable market conditions, while a rate under 70% is unfavourable.

Source: Real Estate Economic Institute Co., Ltd.