The "Land of the Rising Sun" is a country where the past meets the future. Japanese culture stretches back millennia, yet has also adopted (and created) the latest modern fashions and trends. 377,873km², which makes it slightly smaller in land mass than California. Japan is over 70% mountainous terrain with approximately 18% land mass suitable for human settlement. Japanese cities are typically sprawling and densely populated. Tokyo, a megalopolis and the capital of Japan, is located on Honshu island. Central Tokyo has a population of 12 million people, with the population of the Greater Tokyo Area estimated at over 35 million people.
The climate of Japan varies considerably depending on the region and season. Summer is usually very hot and humid, known to the Japanese as "mushiatsui". From mid June there is a rainy season which lasts around one month. Winters are usually mild, with the northern areas of Japan receiving more snow. Spring and autumn are usually sunny with mild temperatures.
Japanese is the official language of Japan. Many Japanese also have some ability in writing and speaking English as it is a mandatory part of the curriculum in the Japanese educational system.
Japan welcomes foreign investors with hardly any restrictions
When the seller and buyer have agreed on all aspects of the sale and purchase agreement, a deposit (usually of 10% of the sale price) is paid by the buyer. The buyer pays the remainder of the amount for the property on the day of settlement. The settlement day is usually the date when the buyer can move into the property. During closing, the title is transferred. Both parties should have certificates of their seal impressions. Stamps are obtained, and government fees and taxes are paid to register the title. The sales process can take as little as 14 days
Lawyers vary dependant on law firm Taxes 6.5% including Stamp duty, acquisition and registration Agents Fees up to 3.5%
Reservation fee (tetsukekin) Once you have found a property then you will pay a reservation fee. The reservation fee, (tetsukekin) is paid when you apply for an apartment, and before the actual rental contract is signed. It serves as a guarantee for you that the apartment is not given to somebody else, and for the agent that you do not change your mind. It is refunded after the actual contract is signed and is usually equivalent to about one month's rent. Deposit (shikikin) The deposit is used to cover eventual future damage to the apartment. The deposit minus the cost for repairs is refunded when you move out. The deposit is usually equivalent to several months' rent. Note most landlords are naturally reluctant to rent their apartments to foreigners who are not able to communicate in Japanese. Some of them will even categorically refuse their service to non permanent residents out of fear of frictions.
This is a non refundable payment to the real estate agent in the amount of at most one month's rent. Key money (reikin) This is a non refundable payment to the landlord in the amount of up to several months' rent.