5 Ski Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Japan for Under $400,000!

Uchi has done the hard work for you (again!) and put together five great options for those of you looking to not only ski in Japan, but also invest in land or property there. With the Japanese Yen weakening dramatically recently (up to 10% against the US Dollar last month), now is the perfect time to look into this dream move and you don’t have to break the bank in the process.

More and more investors in Japanese ski resorts are looking for something slightly away from the hill – a bit more privacy and peace of mind that you’re at home with your family instead of sharing the hotel with a bunch of other guests, not to mention saving a significant amount of money on the land price which gives you more to put in your home!

Check out the properties below with land, houses and apartments spread across Rusutsu, Nozawa Onsen, Lake Toya, Niseko and Makkari!

Niseko Royal Town Chalet

Type: House & Land
Price: US$310,000 / 38 million yen

Royal Town House. See more images

This lovely chalet is located less than 5 minutes from Niseko-Moiwa and Niseko-Annupuri resorts and offers a great opportunity to jump on the investment bandwagon in Niseko. The house is located in a great small community of locals and international investors with many natural onsen around and the possibility of expanding the current property.


Land of Rusutsu

Type: Earth
Price: 140,000 USD / 17.4 million yen

Rusutsu land for sale

Rusutsu Residential Land. See more images

A perfect plot for your own home just steps from the ski lifts of Rusutsu Resort, voted Japan’s Best Ski Resort in 2021 at the World Ski Awards. Not only can you enjoy immediate access to some of the best snow on the planet, but come back in the summer and you can choose from 4 local golf courses and even a theme park!


Picturesque Lake Toya Cabin

Type: House & Land
Price: 260,000 USD / 32 million yen

Lake Toya Cabin

Picturesque Lake Toya Cabin. See more images

Less than 20 minutes from Rusutsu Resort, Lake Toya is a beautiful volcanic lake that is an amazing place for water sports in the summer but close to many of Hokkaido’s best ski resorts in the winter. This cottage is ready for immediate occupancy and is a great option for regular visitors to Hokkaido. Lake Toya is thriving as a destination and has recently seen significant investment from local international residents.


Huge land by the Makkari River

Type: Earth
Price: 400,000 USD / 49 million yen

Makkari land for sale

Makkari River Land (21.5k Tsubo). See more images

Makkari is located halfway between Niseko United and Rusutsu Resorts, which means you have the choice of the best mountain every day! This huge lot is large enough for multiple homes and offers riverside access and stunning views. Close to the town of Niseko and the village of Makkari but surrounded by farmland, this is truly an oasis in Japan’s powder capital.


Kawamotoya Hotel

Type: Apartment
Price: US$370,000 / 44.7 million yen

Kawamotoya Hotel

Hotel Kawamotoya. See more images

Nozawa Onsen has long been revered by Japanese locals and has seen plenty of action from international visitors as well, but real estate opportunities have been few and far between. Kawamotoya is one of the first real opportunities to purchase and own a “Niseko-style” hotel apartment unit in Nozawa Onsen with a variety of configurations available.



Chalet Kuma

Chalet Kuma. See more images

Ok, one last list of bonuses for you! Although out of the price range, this is part of the recommendations as this stunning chalet just went from 120 million JPY to 95 million JPY! Kuma Cottage is a large 2 bedroom house located in Niseko-Hirafu and now available for just 780,000 USD. This is a rare opportunity to get your hands on a renovated house that can be used immediately on a large plot of 330 m² in Hirafu. Learn more here.

If none of the listings above appeal to you but you’re excited for cheap yen, check out over 500 resort properties now at uchijapan.com/properties and find your dream resort home in Japan with Uchi.