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I Bought My Dream Home On Naoshima (Interview)

I Bought My Dream Home On Naoshima: An Interview With Marc

Marc has lived in Japan for about 15 years and recently bought his dream home on the world famous island of Naoshima. In this interview, Marc shares with us about the real estate market in Naoshima, the challenges of working with renovation contractors, and convincing the owners to sell the house to him!  *All the …

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Buying A Vacation Home For Less Than 2 Million Yen (Interview)

A Vacation Home In Japan For Under 2 Million Yen? An Interview with Jamie

Jamie lives in Tokyo and bought a vacation home in the Izu peninsula for under 2 Million JPY. She graciously gave us some of her time for this interview about using her house for remote work, the lessons she learned during the buying process, and even how much it cost to renovate.  *All the photos …

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Should You Buy An Akiya In Japan?

Should You Buy An Akiya? 4 Things You Should Know Before Buying A Cheap House In Japan

You’ve heard the hype. There are abandoned houses in Japan — known as akiya — selling for very cheap, and sometimes even being listed for free! But what’s the catch? Is it really free or almost free? ‘Akiya’ (空き家) means “empty house” in Japanese. The prevalence of Akiya in Japan is largely a symptom of …

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