According to Tokyo Kantei, the average monthly rent of a condominium in Tokyo’s 23 wards was 3,527 Yen/sqm in February, up 1.1% from the previous month and up 6.0% from last year. This is the highest level seen since record-keeping began in March 2008 and has broken a previous record set in January 2018.
Nomura Real Estate Development is planning a mixed-use hotel and condominium complex for a 4,000 sqm block of land near Ebisu Station in central Tokyo. Mixed-use hotel / apartment projects are quite uncommon in Japan, with one of the few examples being Mori Building’s Toranomon Hills tower in Minato ward.
Nomura acquired the site in March 2017 for 10.5 billion Yen through a public bidding process. It was previously a government-owned housing complex for civil servants. The government required the buyer to build both apartments and accommodation facilities as a condition of the sale.
With the rise of dual-income households, developers are focusing on convenience to transport as buyers place more emphasis on a short commute to work. They are pricing this convenience into new apartments, which may limit the potential for future capital gains.
According to REINS, 3,424 second-hand apartments were reported to have sold across greater Tokyo in February, up 29.6% from the previous month but down 1.1% from last year. The average sale price was 33,530,000 Yen, down 0.2% from the previous month but up 6.4% from last year. The average price per square meter was 511,900 Yen, down 0.8% from the previous month but up 3.9% from last year. This is the 62nd month in a row to see a year-on-year increase in sale prices.
1,762 second-hand apartments were sold in the Tokyo metropolitan area, up 25.6% from the previous month but down 1.2% from last year. The average sale price was 41,540,000 Yen, up 0.9% from the previous month and up 7.4% from last year. This is the highest sale price seen since REINS began publishing data in 2001. The average price per square meter was 677,100 Yen, down 0.5% from the previous month but up 4.0% from last year. This is the 65th month in a row to record a year-on-year increase in sale prices.
Last December, real estate companies HULIC and Fuyo General Lease acquired the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba hotel for 60 billion Yen (approx. 552 million USD). The seller was US investment firm Elliott Management Corporation.
Aetos Capital acquired the hotel in 2007 from Japan Airlines for 25 billion Yen, before reselling it to Elliott. In 2015, Elliott transferred the operating rights to Hilton Worldwide and the hotel was renamed to Hilton Tokyo Odaiba.
Shikoku Railway Company (JR Shikoku) is planning to open traditional-style guesthouse accommodation in Kyoto to cater to the growing demand from foreign tourists.
Their first project is a group of three townhouses under construction on a 170 sqm block of land just south of Kyoto Station and 14 minute walk to Tofuku-ji Temple. The total project cost is estimated at 150 million Yen (approx. 1.4 million USD).
Blue Bottle Coffee will be opening a cafe in a traditional old building in Kyoto on March 23rd. This will be the company’s 8th store in Japan and their first store outside of Tokyo.
The cafe is located in the Nanzenji district and is 400 meters west of Nanzen-ji Temple. A 100-year old town house is currently in the final stages of being renovated into a 452 sqm (4,860 sq.ft) cafe with 44 seats, a shop selling original items, and a courtyard space.
Sumitomo Realty & Development has acquired the former Hotel Floracion Aoyama in Omotesando and plans to redevelop the site, although details on the future project have yet to be announced. Demolition of the 3 ~ 6 storey building is expected to take place between March and August.
The 5,700 sqm site is a 5 minute walk from Omotesando Station. A freehold land parcel of this size and this close to Omotesando Station is incredibly rare.
Finding a large apartment to buy in Tokyo can be a lot more challenging than many foreign buyers may initially realize. This is due to the fact that the majority of Japanese developers focus on building smaller apartments to cater to domestic demand. A typical three bedroom apartment for a Japanese family would be around 70 sqm (753 sq.ft).
According to Tokyo Kantei, only 0.9% of the new apartments supplied across greater Tokyo in 2017 were over 100 sqm (1,076 sq.ft) in size, up 0.1 points from 2016 but down 0.5 points from 2015.
90.3% of the apartments were under 80 sqm (861 sq.ft) in size.
Construction on the Kita Aoyama 3 Chome District Project began on March 1. This is the redevelopment of the former Aoyama Kitamachi Apaato public housing complex located just behind Omotesando Station.
The redevelopment is being carried out under a joint venture between Tokyo Tatemono, Mitsui Fudosan, Mitsui Fudosan Residential and Kajima Corporation. The exterior has been designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates – the same architect as the nearby Olympic Stadium which is currently under construction.