Luxury hotel in Sapporo now a casualty of rising construction costs

Plans for a luxury hotel to crown the top of a high-rise project in front of Sapporo Station in Hokkaido have been scrapped due to rapidly rising construction costs. The upper floors will, instead, be office space to cater to the high demand from office tenants in central Sapporo.Read more

New high-rise development announced for west side of Shinagawa Station

On August 29, Keikyu Corporation and East Japan Railway Company released details on the Shinagawa Station District Redevelopment Project that will see three buildings on a 3.3 hectare site on the western side of the station.Read more

Tokyo's compact office market sees some record high rents

How are office rents doing for the compact sector of the office market? According to the latest biannual report by AtHome, the market seems fine. Overall, rents in Tokyo were relatively flat in the first half of 2023 but several areas saw rents hit 10-year highs. Read more

Omotesando retail sells for over 5 billion Yen

A 3-story retail building alongside Kotto-dori Street in Omotesando has reportedly sold for 5.383 billion Yen (approx. US$37 million). The seller was the Japan Metropolitan Fund Investment Corporation, a J-REIT. The buyer was not disclosed but is a domestic corporation.Read more

Demolition starts on 56-yr old building in Akasaka

Demolition of the 56-year old Sankaido Building near the US Embassy will start this month. The building is making way for a new redevelopment project by Norin Suisan Shoreikai and construction giant Kajima Corporation.Read more

Osaka office building sells at 3.5% cap rate

A 13-story office building in Osaka has been acquired by a J-REIT for 17.215 billion Yen (approx. US$121 million). Japan Real Estate Investment Corporation purchased Forecast Sakaisuji Hommachi on August 1 with delivery to take place by the end of the month. The seller was not named.Read more

MUJI to sell Ikebukuro head office

On July 26, the operator of home goods retailer MUJI announced the planned sale of its head office building in Ikebukuro. The company, Ryohin Keikaku, did not comment on the scale of the profit from the sale.Read more

51-yr old building in Tsukiji transacts for high price

A developer has paid an assumed 17.5 billion Yen (US$125 million) for a 51-year old office building in Tsukiji. The new owner plans to demolish the Shin Hanwa Building and redevelop the site.Read more

An update on the long-awaited ‘Roppongi Hills 2’ project

It’s been a while since we had an update on the ‘Roppongi Hills 2’ project in Tokyo. Luckily, some more concrete project details were made public for online viewing between June 24 and July 3. Read more

Chiba City wants more office buildings and is willing to pay for them

Chiba City has been suffering from a lack of quality office buildings in the city center, particularly in front of major stations, and is going to offer financial incentives of up to 2 billion Yen (approx. US$14.3 million) per project to encourage new construction or building extensions.Read more