This month on Real Estate Japan, we continue to see strong buyer interest in properties for sale across the country.

Most searches and inquiries are focused on Tokyo, but there are also many buyers searching in regional cities, especially Osaka and Kyoto.

Here are the top 3 places, except Tokyo, that receive searches, views, and inquiries for homes for sale:

  1. Kita Senric, Suite, Osaka
  2. Nagano prefecture
  3. Higashiyama, Kyoto

#1 Kita Senric — Suita-shi, Osaka

station: Kita Senri is the northern terminus on the Hankyu Senric line in Suita, Osaka.

Kita Senri is part of Senri New Town, a spacious community in the northern suburbs of Osaka, spanning the cities of Suite and toyonaka. It was the first large-scale new urban project to be developed in Japan and broke ground in 1961.

Kita Senri is known for its very liveable environment, with wide streets with many public spaces and many parks.

Kita Senri is also located near Bampaku Kinen Koen (Bampaku Memorial Park), the site of the 1970 World’s Fair, the first World’s Fair ever held in Japan. This is a huge 264 hectare park, woodland and flower gardens and many recreational areas.

Kita Senri is a very residential suburb, but there are plenty of shops near the station, including an AEON shopping center. From Kita Senri it is about a 31 minute direct drive to Umeda station in Osaka.

Click here to see everything properties for sale in Kita Senric.

This month, our featured home in Kita Senri is this spacious 3LDK (3-bedroom) 101.42 sq. ft. home. This is a brand new (2021) home with a list price of ¥42,220,000 ($371,000 USD). Click on the photo for the complete offer and to get in touch with the broker. Image: Remax Apex

Nagano Prefecture comes in at number two this month. Nagano is located in the center of Honshu; the capital of the prefecture, the city of Nagano, is about 250 km from Tokyo.

People who want to buy real estate in Nagano are often looking for a holiday home or second home.

Karuizawa, a luxury mountain resort at the foot of Mount Asama, for example, is one of the most popular searches on Real Estate Japan for those looking for homes in Nagano.

Nagano is also home to world-class skiing, with Hakuba, perhaps the most famous seaside resort.

On Real Estate Japan, our partner brokers list a variety of properties in Nagano, including home style single-family homes in more well-known destinations such as Karuizawa, as well as smaller towns and villages. You can also find properties of all types of buildings, including small hotels and ryokan (Japanese-style inns).

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This month our featured property in Karuizawa is a beautiful 2LDK (2 bedroom) home measuring 301.81 sqm on a spacious plot of 1,532.00 sqm. Click on the photo to see more photos and to contact the broker directly. Image: Tokyo Resort

At number three this month is Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.

Higashiyama (literally “East Mountain”) is best known for the district of the same name, which is located on the lower slopes of the Eastern Mountains and is one of the city’s best-preserved historic districts. The streets in Higashiyama are lined with small shops, cafes and restaurants that have been serving tourists for hundreds of years.

Kyoto is often in the top three most popular places for people looking to buy real estate in Japan. On Real Estate Japan, our partner agents list both apartments and single-family homesas well as renovated machiya (traditional Kyoto mansions) and entire buildings.

This month our property for sale in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto is this beautifully renovated 3LDK (3-bedroom) home near Toba Kaidou Station on the Keihan Main line. The list price is ¥27,800,000 ($244,000 USD). Click on the photo for more photos and to contact the broker directly. Image: Kurofune

Click here to see everything homes available for sale in Kyoto.

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Main photo: Osaka, Japan – April 3, 2019: Cherry blossom street food stalls in Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, via iStock 1217361153 Credit:sanga park