Historic Osaka office building demolished and sold to developer

A landmark heritage building alongside Dojima River in Osaka is under demolition by a local developer. Demolition started in April 2023 with completion expected by late October.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

Record high apartment prices in Osaka

Rising residential prices are being felt nationwide as construction costs remain high. This year, the most expensive apartment building in the Kansai region will go on sale, creating a new price record.

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Righa Royal Hotel to be sold to Canadian fund

Osaka’s Rihga Royal Hotel will be acquired by BentallGreenOak (BGO), a Canadian real estate investment firm. Although the price was not disclosed, it is estimated to be somewhere around 50 billion Yen (approx. US$385 million). Operations by Royal Hotel are expected to continue post-sale.

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Patina hotel to open in Osaka in 2025

Capella Hotel Group is planning to open a Patina Hotels & Resorts-branded property in Osaka by 2025. This will be the second hotel under this luxury brand to open worldwide, following the Patina Maldives in 2021.

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Osaka Marubiru to be demolished

The circular Osaka Marubiru office tower in Umeda will be redeveloped, with construction set to start next year.

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Same day sellout in Brillia Tower Dojima

One of the most luxurious apartment towers to be built in Osaka is already proving a hit with buyers with all apartments released in the first round of sales receiving purchase applications.

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Land values drop nationwide for second year, but increase in Tokyo

Japan’s Standard Land Prices were announced yesterday by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The national average dropped by 0.4% from last year. This is the second year in a row to see a decline, but it is a slight improvement from last year’s 0.6% drop. The nationwide average has been in the negative for 27 of the past 30 years.

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Osaka sees steep drop in registered short-term accommodations

Almost a third of Osaka’s short-term ‘minpaku’ listings have been deregistered by their hosts since the start of the pandemic.

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32 million Yen lawsuit filed against illegal Airbnb hosts in Osaka apartment building

The owners association of a condominium in Osaka’s Minami district have filed a lawsuit with the Osaka District Court seeking 32,670,000 Yen (approx. 300,000 USD) in damages from hosts providing illegal overnight accommodation in the building.

According to the association, 5 of the 100 apartments in the 10 year old building have been rented out to overnight guests using online booking sites, contravening the building management bylaws. The association made attempts to have the hosts, who also owned the apartments, stop the activity by imposing fines of 50,000 Yen per day and putting up posters in the building. However, their attempts were ignored.

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