Monday, December 3, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I was introduced to Kaz by a colleague who was also flat-hunting around the same time, after been shown some number of unsatisfactory apartments by various other (supposedly English-speaking) estate agents who did not seem to understand my requirements. Although in the end I found my new flat online by myself (in a different area than where I had originally asked for), I only sent Kaz the URL while he arranged everything from the viewing to the contract signing, as well as setting up all the utilities, motorbike parking and negotiating a discount for me. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend Kaz's services for a hassle-free moving experience.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
In July 2012, I decided to change jobs and so my husband and I had to look for a new apartment, We had defined our needs but were worried we would not be able to find anything corresponding to it considering the housing market in Japan. Fortunately, we came across Kaz who really took the time to show us what he thought was appropriate. Within less then 4 weeks, we had found the perfect place in Shinjuku, with a good discount price on the rent. We would recommend Kaz and Hikari Home to anyone looking for an apartment in Tokyo, Good luck to them in the future! Aude & Valentin
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
I went to visit Hikari Home two weeks ago, and I never expected that the process would be so quick. I've never seen such efficiency. That day, Kaz printed all the apartments I liked, then called the owners, and we went to visit my top choice. Everything was done in one day! In the ensuing week, Kaz kept me apprised of the developments with the apartment I liked, every step of the way. Exactly one week later, I was signing documents and receiving the key to my new place. I cannot emphasize enough how stress-free and pleasant Kaz made the whole experience. He is a treasure. (Thanks for all Kaz!)
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Before moving to Japan, I heard a lot of stories as to how difficult it is for a foreigner to rent an apartment in Tokyo. I remember many first hand stories from friends whom it took months to find a place to live, only to end up overpaying or living in a less than desirable area. There is also the issue of dealing with paperwork (which is sizable, to say the least) and it soon becomes pretty apparent why it is so difficult for a non fluent speaker of Japanese to find a place to live here. I was lucky to have run into Hikari Home and one of their agents, Kaz. He is very knowledgable, has a deep understanding of the real estate market in Tokyo, understands local law and most importantly, speaks fluent English, which is indispensable for any newcomer to Japan. I had a pretty high set of criteria but Kaz patiently worked with me until we found a perfect apartment for me. I've heard of these processes taking a very long time but Kaz managed to do it very fast, took care of everything with minimal involvement on my part and made the whole process completely painless and convenient for me. I can wholeheartedly recommend Hikari Home and their services!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
I am a demanding customer (I am aware of that!) and, as such, had a list of features that I wanted for my apartment here in Tokyo. For example, I wanted the apartment to be located in a lively/foreigner-friendly neighborhood, I wanted two separate rooms on the upper-floors of a good-quality building.
Kaz did some great research, we visited together an impressive number of apartments and I ended up choosing an apartment close to Roppongi Itchome and walking distance from Azabu-Juban that fits my requirements and ended up - after negociations - being in my price range.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
student in Tokyo in the fall of 2012. I was prepared for a long
process but we managed to find a few suitable properties on the very
first meeting and I got to go and check them out the same evening.
Miho was an invaluable help during the whole process, my emails were
always answered very quickly and Miho took care of setting up the
utilities for me and carefully explained all the processes related to
renting an apartment in Japan. Overall I couldn't be happier about the
fast and good service I got at Hikari Apartments. Renting an apartment
in Tokyo can be a painful process for a gaijin moving to Japan but
Hikari homes and Miho made it so unbelievably smooth for me. I would
definitely recommend them to anyone looking to move into Tokyo for any
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I was extremely lucky to have contacted Hikari Homes and even luckier still to have met with Tommy Yoshida.
From the get go Yoshida-san took charge of my case and made it her goal to place me in a location that matched my needs and desires to the letter.
The move I had planned was meant to be fast and efficient but true to Murphy's law nothing ever goes as planned. So when things were tough, Yoshida-san stepped up to the plate for me and really took care of all my problems professionally and expediently.
I am extremely pleased with all her efforts to help me find a great new location here in Tokyo and will be returning to Yoshida-san and Hikari Homes for my future needs.
Thank you Yoshida-san and Hikari Homes for all your efforts. You have won yourself another satisfied customer.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
It just took me 2 meetings to find the apartment.
First meeting was in Hikari office to explain what I was looking for. I thought I was being too demanding but Tommy came back with some real good options, matching almost all my criteria. Second meeting we went to see the apartments and thanks to the careful selection of apartments by Tommy, I could confirm an apartment on the same day. Now its all set to move in there soon.
Thanks Tommy, would definitely recommend Hikari to my friends.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
After explaining what I was looking for, Kaz shortlisted a few apartments which all were exactly what I was after.
We visited 4 apartments before I found the perfect one for me. Kaz offered a professional and honest service and was very quick to respond to questions and emails and went the extra mile negotiating the rental price and assisting with the the moving arrangements.
I highly recommended Hikari Homes to any foreigner wanting to find an apartment in Tokyo and do not speak Japanese or unfamiliar with the way the Japanese rental market works.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
There is significant and genuine hard work that she put in for me for getting a house within 10 days.
I am very happy to live in my current place. Love the environment, rent within my budget, near the train station and supermarket--
These are the things that average simple person wants.
Thank you for your help Tommy. For sure I will refer you to my friends who are looking for an apartment to rent.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
We both had been a bit nervous after our original plan fell through, and we only had one week left.
I would like to thank Tad for his professional attitude, strong support and his quick understanding of our preferences.
More than that, he offers us to be the permanent middle-man in case of future troubles or worries.
We definitely recommend TAD as a trustable and efficient agent in Tokyo.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Hikari Apartments was recommended to me by a friend and I have been very impressed by the service I received from Tommy Yoshida. She listened carefully to all of my criteria and searched for suitable apartments in a very efficient and professional manner. I appreciated her flexibility and hard work, such as coming in early on her days off, to ensure that I had all the necessary information and documentation. All of the apartments I was shown were of a high standard and I was shown the perfect place within one day of searching! This was at a very reasonable price.
I would highly recommend Tommy to anyone looking for a new apartment and rank Hikari Apartments as a strong agency.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I called Miho Sakanishi and she was very helpful and organised a visit the same day. It is not common to find someone who speaks so well English and can explain the differences in terms of housing in Japan. Everything went on very smoothly and I could sign the contract a couple of days later. Miho even took the time to translate all Japanese instructions to me when I moved in (for using the washing machine or air conditioning...)! I am very happy to have fallen on this agency and this apartment in particular as it saved me a lot of troubles. And everything worked out as she promised without any hidden surprises!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I'd like to thank Kaz and Hikari Homes for finding me a great new apartment in a perfect area for my new life and job. Kaz is knowledgeable, friendly, and understands the difficulties people face when coming to Japan for the first time. He speaks excellent English, and is happy to take the time to make sure that you understand everything that you are seeing and signing. I don't intend to be moving for a good long while, but if I was, I'd choose Hikari Homes.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
"I always rather like to handle things myself. But when you are looking for a decent apartment in Tokyo, especially when you are a foreigner, you sooner or later (mostly sooner) get to the point where you will need some help from an expert. Miho and Kaz of Hikari Home offered great help and expertise. First and foremost, both of them are remarkably friendly. They always respond to your questions via mail or phone very quickly and they work very transparently. Also, I always know what I am not looking for, but rarely can I specify what I am looking for... Responding to that with patience while continuing to act in the best interest of the client is very good service, I think. With Miho and Kaz, that`s what you get. They hear your expectations, they guide you through myriads of offers, they tell you what might be good and what not, they drive with you through town to several locations - and if it`s not what you are looking for, no one tries to persuade you, come hell or high water. Definitely a good address! Thank you both very much helping me find a nice apartment, for your time, your effort and for your support."
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Hikari Home is the best realtor ever! Hikari Home responds well to your needs and provides an efficient service in a minimal turnaround time. If you are new to Japan and are looking for a place to live in Tokyo metropolitan area, I highly recommend that you get in touch with Hikari Home. After living in the US for fifteen years, I was intimidated by the thought of apartment hunting from scratch in a metropolis like Tokyo, but Kaz made sure that I found just the place I was looking for in the right neighborhood and in the right price range. Kaz has a vast experience with the real estate market in Tokyo and makes you feel at ease and your apartment hunting experience stress-free (he even set up all my utilities!) He is a very fluent English speaker - so nothing will get lost in translation. Overall, I am very pleased with their service and of course, with my new home!
Monday, April 2, 2012
House hunting in Tokyo is no easy task. Language barrier aside, Tokyo's attitudes towards foreigners looking for a place to live, spans a complex spectrum from benign curiosity on one end to downright hostility on the other. Having already spent almost two years in Tokyo, we felt we were already in a solid position to find a place for ourselves. But somewhere between puzzling the mysteries of key money and deciphering the jargon of LDK, we realised we were in too deep, lost, confused and overwhelmed.
At this point, Kaz and Hikari homes stepped in with their friendly and professional services to rescue us and shine a guiding light. Trustworthy, straightforward, and always with our best interests at heart, Kaz helped us navigate the convoluted Tokyo housing scene, patiently taking us from one house to another until we found the perfect one. Armed only with a vague description of what we were looking for and a rough outline of our budget, Kaz was able to line up one showing after another of increasingly impressive houses and apartments until finally, we discovered our new wonderful "Sweet My Home".
Once we made our choice, Kaz spared no effort and expense in securing our application, working tirelessly and acting as the go-between ourselves and the landlord, negotiating a reasonable price and answering any questions and readdressing any concerns we had, quickly, efficiently and most importantly, with reassuringly professional proficiency.
Beyond his multi-linguistic abilities and tireless professionalism, Kaz possesses a truly sincere desire to do right by his clients that permeates through every aspect of his work and thanks to him, we were finally able to find the perfect apartment to suit our particular needs. Thank you Kaz and thank you Hikari Homes. We couldn't have done it without you.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
we thought we knew what to expect with our budget. What's amazing about Tad-san,
our consultant, is that in just two weeks he found us a room that exceeded our expectation.
He was very kind throughout the entire process and gave us advice on minor queries even after the move.
We highly recommend him and Hikari Homes if anyone's having trouble finding a place to live in Tokyo.
Especially, readingJapanese documents and contracts always give me the headache.
After weeks of apartment hunting, I found Hikarihome. Tad from Hikarihome was great and very helpful. He followed through everything andexplained everything to me from the beginning to the end. I have tosay he is the man for this job!
I would definitely recommend anyone who is looking for an apartment to go to Hikarihome. Tad is a great person to work with and they have agreat team that can help you to find a room without the headache.
Thank you Tad!Thank you!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
When I decided to have a new apartment in Tokyo, many people told me that it's very difficult about many points : the language barrier, the process, the high cost about the rent, key money and deposit.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I was looking for an apartment for quite a long time and although I was a very difficult customer to please Miho-san showed great patience with me.
She was very polite and she was always trying to do the best for me. Her persistence was remarkable.
I strongly recommend her (& Hikari homes in general) to you if you are new in Tokyo and looking for a new home.
Friday, February 24, 2012
"When I arrived at Hikari Homes Miho-san sat down with me and took enough time to help me to find out what my new apartment should be like.
She was really responsive to my ideas. At the end of two long days she found the perfect apartment for me.
She gave me great support especially when I was in trouble. Even now - after moving in - she is very friendly and helpful.
I strongly recommend her to you if you are new in Tokyo and looking for a new home. Thank you Miho-san!"
“I got referred to Kaz and I was very satisfied by his customer service. He replies to e-mails and questions in matter of hours and helped me a lot with settling in Japan. I would highly recommend him to foreigners who cannot speak Japanese and still want a high customer service in English. He also explained my questions in very detail, so I was very happy about his honesty”.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
I had been looking for an apartment for a long time, but most of real estate agents were not very helpful. Finally I found Kaz-san. He was patient, helpful, and really listened to what I was looking for. He understands how westerners think about apartment hunting. I recommend Kaz-san to all my friends and to you, too.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A big thank you to Hikari homes and Kaz!
I have never been to Tokyo before and knew about three words in Japanese, forget about reading it - it’s safe to say I was completely lost. When I arranged to meet with Kaz he was so organized and accommodating. We looked at apartments straight away.
Any question I had, Kaz knew the answer and if he didn’t he would work around the clock until he found out for me.
Kaz is truly dedicated, whenever I contacted him (any time day or night) I would always get a prompt reply, including into the late hours of the night.I recommend Kaz to anyone that is looking for an friendly, hard-working and efficient agent.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
"I arrived in Tokyo just a few days before work began, and I had very little time to find a place. Kaz did a great job expediting the process so that I could move in quickly, and was very accommodating to my busy work schedule. He has a strong relationship with the managing company of a premier apartment chain in Tokyo, and was able to secure a spot for me in one of their brand new buildings. I would highly recommend Kaz to anyone looking for a realtor in Tokyo."
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I have lived in Tokyo for about five years and have always avoided real-estate companies. This time around my roommate was leaving and I was forced to move during a particularly busy period at work. It turned out to be an excellent choice as Kaz found a range of great apartments for me to look at and miraculously found an apartment for rent two minutes walk from a few friends of mine. He was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend Hikarihomes, and Kaz specifically, to anyone house hunting in Tokyo.
Monday, January 16, 2012
If you're looking for a "Home" and not just a place to live, Kaz is your man. I had very specific wants and needs for the apartment I was looking for. I also needed to work within my budget. Kaz was able to take all of my factors into consideration (location, floor plan, room size, budget, etc.) and find me viable options. He was extremely patient with me as I waited for the right apartment to meet all of my criteria. In the end, I found a new home and made a new friend ;) Thanks, Kaz.
My wife and I were looking to get a bigger place of our own instead of a monthly rental or guest house. Kaz and Manabu (another Hikari Home agent) put in an exceptional amount of effort making sure we got our house as quickly as possible. They also made sure to keep in mind what we got was to our tastes as well. Kaz responds quickly and has even been willing to help after everything was finished as well.