Landed Japan, the guide to buying houses and apartments in Japan

Key local knowledge you
need to buy Japanese real estate.

In Landed Japan, you’ll learn:

How to buy Japanese real estate, including high-yield Tokyo apartments, custom-built houses, machiya, foreclosed homes and chalets in Niseko and other ski resorts
How an aging population, a falling birth rate and other demographic trends drive demand for small Tokyo apartments
Where to find English-speaking real estate agents, mortgage lenders, architects and other essential service providers
Where foreigners can get a mortgage in Japan and the documents and insurance you will need to apply for a home loan
About managing risks such as asbestos, earthquakes, floods, nuclear power, termites and zoning
Why you should avoid buying homes in rural areas, apartments built on leased or reclaimed land, and old houses in Japan
About nonresidential investments, such as Japanese love hotels, nursing homes, farms and real estate investment trusts (J-REITs)
About Japanese investment property, including financing, management companies, tenants' rights and standard terms in a lease agreement
How Japanese real estate is appraised and taxed and the use of tax-efficient structures like tokumei kumiai (TK) and tokutei mokuteki kaisha (TMK)
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Praise for Landed Japan

“Landed is an essential reference for anyone buying real estate in Japan. It is unbiased and full of practical, up-to-date information. Even Japanese buyers can learn a lot from this book.”

Nobuo Takenaka

President and CEO, Misawa Homes Co., Ltd.

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About the Author

Christopher Dillon author of Landed Japan

Christopher Dillon is an award-winning writer and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong.

In 2002, he bought and renovated a floor in an office building in Hong Kong’s Central business district. Since then, he has purchased and refurbished a luxury apartment on the west side of Hong Kong Island and transformed a derelict steam laundry into a multimedia studio. He began investing in Tokyo real estate in 2010.

That experience inspired four books: Landed: The expatriate's guide to buying and renovating property in Hong Kong (2008); Landed: The guide to buying property in Japan (2010); Landed China (2013); and Landed Global (2014), which includes case studies and data from more than 110 countries and territories.

In 2015, he released an expanded and revised edition of the Hong Kong book under the title Landed Hong Kong.

A native of Canada, Chris Dillon lived in Tokyo from 1989 to 1992. He appears regularly in the international media, as both a contributor and a guest.



232 pages

130 × 210 mm

Published 2010

ISBN 978-988-17147-3-2

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