Shinjuku office vacancy rate drops to 1% range

The office vacancy rate across Tokyo’s five central business districts of Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku and Shibuya dropped to 3.22% in July, down 0.04 points from June and down 0.72 points from July 2016. This is close to the record low of of 3.03% reported in April 2008 and down from a high of 9.43% seen in June 2012.

The vacancy rate in existing buildings (excluding new construction) was 2.87% in July, down 0.74 points from last year.

In Shinjuku ward, the vacancy rate was 1.68%, down 0.06 points from the previous month and down 1.30 points from last year. The vacancy rate dropped to the 1% range in May 2017.

265m tall tower for Toranomon Hills district

More details have been released on the Toranomon Hills Station Tower which will be built on the north-west side of Toranomon Hills in central Tokyo. The building height will be 265 meters, which is 18 meters taller than the neighbouring Toranomon Hills tower and 17 meters taller that Tokyo Midtown.

Construction of the 49-storey tower is scheduled to start in 2019 with completion by 2022.

New apartment prices in greater Tokyo up 16% from last year

According to the Real Estate Economic Institute, a total of 3,426 brand-new apartments were released for sale across greater Tokyo in July, up 50.0% from the previous month and up 3.3% from last year.

2,465 apartments were sold, resulting in a contract ratio of 71.9%, up 8.6 points from last year and above the 70.0% level said to indicate healthy market conditions. Unsold inventory at the end of July was 6,314 apartments, down 184 units from last year.

The average price of a new apartment across greater Tokyo was 65,620,000 Yen, up 16.3% from the previous month and up 16.0% from last year. The average sale price per square meter was 952,000 Yen, up 13.3% from the previous month and up 18.1% from last year.

705 apartments in high-rise buildings (20 storeys and above) were listed for sale, up 220.5% from last year. The contract ratio was 88.2%, up 34.1 points from last year.

The following buildings saw same-day sellouts* in July:

287m tall high-rise planned for Nihonbashi

Details on the Nihonbashi 1 Chome Central District Redevelopment have been announced. The project will include a 287m tall high-rise with office, hotel and serviced apartments, as well as several low-rise retail, office and residential buildings.

The high-rise tower will be taller than Tokyo Midtown (248m), Toranomon Hills (247m) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (242m), but shorter than the 390m tall tower planned for the Tokiwabashi Redevelopment Project located 300 meters to the west of the Nihonbashi site.

Tokyo apartment sale prices increase for 58th consecutive month

According to REINS, 3,304 second-hand apartments were sold across greater Tokyo in July, down 0.9% from the previous month but up 3.6% from last year. The average sale price was 31,600,000 Yen, down 0.06% from the previous month but up 5.4% from last year. The average price per square meter was 494,800 Yen, down 0.3% from the previous month but up 4.5% from last year. This is the 55th month in a row to record a year-on-year increase in sale prices. The average building age was 20.89 years.

In the Tokyo metropolitan area 1,722 second-hand apartments were sold, down 1.6% from the previous month but up 8.2% from last year. The average sale price was 38,640,000 Yen, showing no change from the previous month but up 3.1% from last year. The average price per square meter was 656,100 Yen, up 0.9% from the previous month and up 3.3% from last year. This is the 58th month in a row to record a year-on-year increase in prices. The average building age was 19.64 years.

For Sale: The Parkhouse Gran Chidorigafuchi, 3 Bedrooms


Update: No longer available.

Potential rent: approx. 700,000 ~ 800,000 Yen/month

A 3-Bedroom corner apartment has just been listed for sale in The Parkhouse Gran Chidorigafuchi apartment building. The Parkhouse Gran Chidorigafuchi is one of the best-positioned luxury apartment buildings in Tokyo, offering outstanding views over the vast Imperial Palace grounds, the Cherry blossom tree-lined Chidorigafuchi moat, and the Marunouchi business district in the distance.

New apartment price-to-income ratio drops for first time in 7 years

According to Tokyo Kantei, the average price of a brand new apartment across Japan was 7.59 times the average annual income in 2016, down 0.07 points from 2015 and the first drop reported in 7 years.

The price-to-income ratio across greater Tokyo was 10.68, down 0.31 points from 2015, and the first decline seen in five years. An increase in wages coupled with a stabilization of new apartment prices has been the cause behind the lower ratio. In fact, the number of prefectures across the country that saw an increase in the price-to-income ratio decreased from 36 in 2015 to 19 in 2016.

In the Tokyo metropolitan area, where the luxury apartment market is booming, the ratio increased for the 3rd year in a row with a new apartment costing 11.46 times the average annual salary.

For Sale: 3-Bedroom corner apartment in Roppongi Hills


Potential rent: –

This is a sought-after three bedroom corner apartment on the 19th floor in Roppongi Hills Residence B – the 43-storey tower. The Roppongi Hills Residences form part of the internationally-renowned Roppongi Hills complex in the center of Tokyo, which includes a 238m tall office tower, a variety of restaurants and cafes, a high-end retail mall, the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the TV Asahi studio, and the Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Escada boutiques.

The developer, Mori Building, spent 17 years getting the various land parcels and landowners together in order to start the project. Since it’s completion in 2003, Roppongi Hills has been considered one of the most desirable places to live, work and play in the country, and has attracted some of Japan’s most elite business people and celebrities as residents.

Construction starts on 3,000-unit project in Kachidoki

Construction has started on a triple-tower high-rise apartment project on the man-made island of Kachidoki in Tokyo Bay. Completion of the 165.5 billion Yen (approx. 1.5 billion USD) development is tentatively scheduled for late July 2027.

The Kachidoki East District Redevelopment includes three towers ranging from 106 ~ 195 meters, with a total floor area of 369,000 sqm (3.97 million sq ft) and as many as 3,120 apartments.