Thursday, December 30, 2010

Grégory from France

"Foreigners coming to Japan, I will be honest with you.
You are going to move to Japan and you are amazingly excited. YOU'RE RIGHT!
Of course, you should first read a bit about "culture shock" and watch "Lost in translation" again but
Japan is an unbelievable country and if you're ready to play the game, discover the culture and learn the language a little,
this will makes it a very rich human experience in your life.

Foreigners coming to Japan, I will be honest with you.
Finding an apartment, by yourself, in Japan is (to me) impossible. The language and how the system functions are 2 huge unknowns for you as you won't be able to understand a lot of things, but also for any landlord
as it will be hard for them to trust you.

However, take a deep breath as there is a solution: Don't think you're smarter, don't think you will be able to find the best deal by yourself. Don't put all that responsability on you.
Just contact Harada-san, here at Hikari Home...and your worries are over, I mean a part of it ;-)
His english is perfect. He is both a very kind family man but also a very professional real estate agent. He's completely devoted to his work. He is honest.
He answers very fast to any request and he took care of everything for me in this apartment hunt.

Conclusion: if you need an apartment, you now know what to do: Harada-san! But if during this process or adaptation to your new life, you still feel tired, stressed, weird or if you need help with your health, you can visit my new beautiful osteopathy clinic at

Foreigners coming to japan...WELCOME!"

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Giulio from Australia

"I am very grateful to Kaz of Hikari Homes for the hard work he put into helping me find a new place in Tokyo. He was professional, patient, and very knowledgable about real estate in Tokyo. His thoroughness and attention to detail gave me confidence and peace of mind, and his relaxed and friendly personality made the whole experience much more pleasant than I had expected. I am extremely happy with the service he provided and would recommend him without hesitation!"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Philipp from Swiss

The appartement hunt was getting frustrating: week after week meeting with agencies, searching the web, filling out complicated forms and looking at appartement that were ok, but never just right. Then finally we met Kaz. A quick phone call and a meeting at his office and he already understood our preferences. An appartement hunt later, we choose the appartement and after a couple of weeks we moved. Kaz was extremely pro-active and helpful during the whole process. Kaz speaks not only very good English, but also takes the time to explain the particularities of the Japanese renting system (or did you know that the fire insurance includes a stalker insurance?). I can highly recommend Kaz for foreigners and Japanese appartement hunters alike.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bram from Swiss

"Finding an apartment in japan can be a really hard experience for a foreigner, especially if you don't speak the language. Thanks to Kaz and his professional work I found an apartment in Tokyo. Even if take time to look for the perfect place, Kaz has great patience and will try to work as hard as he can to be at your service. It was really appreciate. You don't have to worry Kaz handle everything for you so what more can I say? The service is just perfect as japan service is."

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ben from U.S

Apartment hunting in Tokyo can be a real ordeal, especially if you don't
speak fluent Japanese. My experience turned out well thanks to Seiya
Kato of Hikari Home. Kato-san is clearly very dedicated to his work. He
patiently guided me through the process of viewing apartments and
negotiating a contract. In the end, I found a place that perfectly fit
my desired criteria and budget. Kato-san is also a cool guy to boot!
(Ask him about modern art.)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lawrence from Singapore

I had a very pleasant house hunting experience with Kaz. With credit to his patience, we had four weekends of house viewing before I finally settled on one. And with each passing weekend, his choice of apartments gradually got closer and closer to my ideal in terms of size, location and (of course) price. It is amazing how he went from left of the target to the right and left again, only closer this time to the middle. He also took care of the moving in\out and documentation process as well, making it such that I do not have to attempt to cross the linguistic barriers involved. All in, the experience was more than positive, and thank you very much!

James from UK

Finding an apartment whilst working full time can be a challenge; the language barrier, new culture and unfamiliar customs made renting in Tokyo a daunting prospect. Kaz gave me an initial consultation where he got to understand my needs, and explained the terminology used in the Japanese real estate world. Despite spending a considerable amount of time in the Hikari Home office before viewing any apartments, this approach proved effective as the second apartment we went to see was perfect. The language barrier wasn't an issue and I was helped through all the forms. I've enjoyed learning about Japanese culture and look forward to my new life in Japan.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jonathan from USA

This was my first time renting a regular apartment in Japan. I wanted to avoid the typical monthly apartment so that I could choose from a nicer selection in my area. Kaz found several nice places for me to view. Many had great terms like free rent, no key money, etc. I found the perfect place on the first day. Kaz's excellent English ability and prompt service made the entire process from selection to finalizing paperwork very easy. It has been a pleasure to work with Kaz, and I can easily recommend Kaz and Hikari Home to anyone searching for an apartment in Tokyo.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

William from Australia

Although I have lived in Tokyo for a few years, it was my first time to look for an apartment, the process of which is challenging even if you have a working knowledge of Japanese. For that reason, I appreciated Kaz Harada’s assistance with finding the rental apartment, from explaining the procedure and paperwork to setting up the utilities. Kaz was able to negotiate the rent to match my budget and responded to my inquiries in a timely manner. I have found it helpful to have an English-speaking real estate agent; I wish to thank Kaz for his help.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Elizabeth Weiblen from U.S.A

I would like to express my appreciation for the service I received from Hikari Home while searching for my residence in Tokyo. Special Thanks go to my agent Seiya Kato for all of his attention and effort on my behalf.
Kato san took into account all of the qualities that I was looking for in an apartment including expense, location, convenience and amenities. He found me a variety of different apartments to choose from and went with me to view each one of them.
More importantly, he helped me through the entire screening and contract process. I am sure you are aware of the special difficulties in finding a home as a student and as someone who is living in Japan temporarily on a visa. Kato San’s help was invaluable during the contract process, when there were language issues and contract conditions that are standard in Japan but not where I am from in the United States.
I am quite pleased with my new apartment and I appreciate all of the hard work that was done on my behalf.

Thank you for all of your help.
Elizabeth Weiblen
Undergraduate, Temple University Japan

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pierre from France

"Finding an apartment in Tokyo can be very painfull for foreigners, especially if your japanese level is not that good. Thankfully Hikari Home is a great Housing management company who can make this task easier. With an access to all "real" apartment in Tokyo (not only the big expensive foreigners friendly towers) and an english speaking staff. My agent, Kaz Harada, helped me to find the apartment I was looking for as fast as possible with his perfect english and his pleasant company. He also helped me with all the paperwork, was very available and dedicated. I'd recommand to anyone looking for an aparment to give Hikari home a try!"

Monday, October 25, 2010

Keelan from USA

As a new foreigner in Tokyo, with plans to stay long term, I wanted access to the "real" Tokyo apartment system instead of the typical, and limited, foreigner options. Hikari fulfilled this desire wonderfully. My agent was the great, and quite funny, Kaz Harada. Kaz took me to see multiple apartments on at least three different occasions, guided me through all of the paper work, and even set up my utilities and internet once I finally found a place. Kaz was always quick to respond to messages and phone calls, and was truly an enjoyable person to work with. If you want an apartment in Tokyo, but haven't been sure who to trust, stop looking, you've found the place.

Keelan Kelley

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Anna Vassilovski from Canada

I recently arrived to Tokyo from Canada to begin work for a company within the city. I did not speak Japanese nor was I familiar with the housing situation in Tokyo and I was looking for an apartment within a two week time period -- a highly stressful situation! Luckily I came upon the Hikari Homes website and contacted them by e-mail with my desired apartment considerations. I was introduced to Kato-san and he gladly showed me a number of apartments within the area I was looking. He was very knowledgeable, timely, and organized. Within the week, he helped me to find an apartment and made the necessary arrangements for all the apartment setups. I am very thankful to them for helping me find an apartment I am glad to call my home!

I highly recommend Hikari Homes and Kato-san for their housing services!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Eric from France

It is the third time I’m moving within Tokyo and this last one is the easier and faster I did. Kaz has been pro-reactive to my email posted on the internet. On the same day Kaz called me and then we met 2 days after so for him to understand what I’m looking for. After 4 days of investigation on his side he came with 10 proposals and we selected 4 of them. The first visit was the apartment I’m now in! Even the area I was looking for was not in the usual area where Kaz is having his clients he did find the right apartment! Kaz has been very friendly during the time we spend together but remained very professional in his attention to my comfort and even advice me for insurance and internet solution. I really appreciate the high level services provided by Kaz and also the welcoming staffs in Hikari Tokyo Apartments office. They are very trustworthy and dedicated people.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ray Vikram Nath from India

I arrived recently in Tokyo from New Delhi. Since it was my first time in Japan I pretty much did not know anything about renting an accommodation as well as the related formalities. I got searching on the net and came across Hikari Homes in Tokyo. Soon I got in touch with Kato-san from Hikari Homes, who helped me settle down in Tokyo. Today I am extremely happy with the services that has been provided to me. Not only did Hikari Homes got me a comfortable place to stay, it went beyond than that by helping me rent furniture as well as assisting me with its payments. Being a foreigner and tackling finances gets difficult at times and this was understood at Hikari Homes, which has immensely helped in smoothly settling these issues out.For all these reasons as well and much more I would highly recommend the real estate services being provided by Hikari Homes to anybody and everybody coming Tokyo and looking for an Apartment. I would like to rate them amongst one of the best services I have come across till now.

In the end I would like to thank Kato-san and the whole team at Hikari Home for their support and continuing assistance.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

James from Canada

"I was introduced to Kaz Harada through a coworker of mine, and was told he was one of the best agents to deal with.
Kaz definitely lived up to his reputation, and went to great lengths to accommodate my requirements. From apartment
viewing to contract negotiations, Kaz always kept my best interests in mind and was diligent and speedy in his
arrangements. Hikari Homes office staff are all super friendly and made me feel as comfortable as possible.
If you want to take the stress and hardship out of house-hunting in Tokyo, I highly recommend Hikari Homes."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pablo & Nariman from Spain and Egypt

I found a suitable apartment in just a few days following the advice of Mr. Kaz Harada. He was really patient all the time, more than helpful and he cleared all my doubts. He let me understand all what is related to the contracts and important things useful for daily life like bills, garbage disposal, etc. After signing the contract he has also answered my questions and has been supportive to make my stay as comfortable as possible. Thanks to Hikari I didn’t have any problems in finding a short-stay apartment for the beginning and a long-stay one afterwards. I strongly recommend this company to find a place to stay in Tokyo .

Monday, September 20, 2010

Michelle Masuda from Philippines

I approached several agents but only Mr. Kato Seiya of Hikari Home who is very patient and diligent enough to find an apartment with my specific requirements. He is very professional and approachable. I'm happy that I got an apartment near our office with the help of Kato-san.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Michelle Larkin from Ireland

I recently arrived in Japan and was a bit daunted at the prospect of finding an apartment. I was put in touch with Mr. Kato prior to my departure and he was very helpful in my search. I gave him my requirements and most importantly my budget. Once I arrived we had a meeting to go through some apartments he had prepared and after alot of viewings in incredible heat and severe jet lag we were successful!! Mr. Kato was very patient in answering the hundreds of questions I had, if he didn´t know the answer he looked it up and emailed me that day. He also arranged for my gas and internet to get connected, which was a relief!! The move to my Japanese apartment was made so much easier with his help and I would recommend him to any one. Michelle

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kathlyn from Hawaii

Being relatively new to Japan, my Japanese is a work in progress. While apartment hunting, I feared that my lack of Japanese would inhibit my search. Yet, despite my worries, Hikari home's Kaz Harada not only helped to insure that the language barrier wouldn't be a problem, but created an easy process that met my personal needs. Thank you to Hikari Homes and Kaz Harada!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Alisa from Australia

The entire process of looking for an apartment, negotiating and applying for an apartment and moving in was made extremely hassle-free due to the assistance and support offered by Kato-san at Hikari Home Inc. The idea of moving in Japan is daunting, especially with written and spoken language difficulties. Yet, I found this process to be quick and easy this time. 

Like most people, I had some preferences with regards to what I was looking for. Kato-san researched apartments taking my needs into consideration and, within no time at all, I had found a great apartment. From then, everything was taken care of - even utility and internet set-up. All the more, after moving in, support has been ongoing.

Thank you Kato-san and everyone at Hikari Home Inc and I would certainly recommend using this company.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Perry from Canada

Even after living in Japan for many years and speaking Japanese fluently, finding the perfect place in Tokyo can be very difficult for anyone. Many thanks to Kaz who took care of pretty much everything, and made the whole process felt like a breeze. If you are a foreigner (or not) who is looking for a place in Tokyo, definitely give Kaz a ring. Once I finally decide to purchase a property in Tokyo, Kaz will be the first person I call. Thanks again!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ming from Taiwan

It's not about what the property you are looking for but who conducts it for you!

Tokyo is such a global metropolitan with a variety of properties available.
However, the most complicated thing is not the making of requirement list
but how to find the one exactly meet your need timely. Thanks to Kato San
from Hikari Home, who is quite an expert I must say that. He can very
quickly get the points of your expectations and recommend properties fits in
your budget, location selection, style and characteristics, as well as
personal preferences. Moreover, he is also good at price negotiation, not to
mention his such after-sales services as set-up of electricity, waters,
billing, and internet connections. Above all, thanks to Kato San and Hikari
Home make the housing thing as easy as it could be in my hometown.  Ming

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Chase from USA

I 1st heard of Hikari Home from a friend and was recommended to them and that I should try them out. I emailed them to try and talk to a rep and thats when I 1st came into contact with Kaz-san. He asked me for a list of things I am looking for in a apartment and my ideal location in Tokyo. After that all I did was sit back and worry about getting my stuff together for the big move to Japan! We kept in contact from the time I emailed him to the time I was getting ready to move out to Tokyo and he sent me a few places that matched my long list. Once I got here he was the 1st person I met and even more friendly in person! Right away he tended to my temporary apartment knowing that I needed a place to stay until I got my apartment. He then showed me a few apartments and also showed me around the town which I thought was nice. Everytime we would jump on a train or even walking somewhere we always had really great converstaions!

To me Kaz-san was the 1st friend I made while in Japan!
He made everything so easy for me and helped me out a lot my first few weeks in Tokyo!
Kaz-san is such a hard worker in trying to meet all your needs and dedicated to helping you adjust and include you in the whole process of living in not only Tokyo, but Japan!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Guillermo from Argentina

I recently arrived in Tokyo and had a tough time finding my own place. That was until I run into Hiraki Homes. Everything became easy and enjoyable after that. The attention was impeccable and the options presented were all of good quality and aligned to my requirements and expectations. The fact that the entire staff is fluent in English even makes things easier! I found my apartment in one week time and I'm moving on Saturday. I really recommend Hiraki Homes for any expat or foreigner in Japan that's looking forward to finding an apartment or house with little stress

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Julia from Washington DC

After many months of online research and trying to find housing in Japan I was lucky enough to meet Kaz-san of Hikari homes. I had sent out inquiries to numerous other
housing companies and even craigslist but the advertisements were either inaccurate or not accustomed to working with a foreigner. Kaz-san went above and beyond to
explain all the details when it comes to renting a place in Japan and did so in the most patient and understanding way. He did this in spite of my “unique” requirement of trying to find a place that was 'traditional' Japanese and outside central Tokyo. Today I am living in a wonderful place and my experience in Japan is off to a great start thanks to the tremendous work and professionalism of Kaz-san. I highly recommend him. Thank you Kaz and Hikari homes! Best, Julia

Friday, July 2, 2010

Peggy from Hong Kong

There are no better words to describe the services hikari homes has provided me with than 'the most helpful, honest and efficient' service I have ever experienced from an estate agency.

Before I left for Tokyo from hk, I had contacted a few other agencies but Kato san was the first to respond wih the most thorough and detailed email, asking for details of my arrival and personal preferences. One can tell with the professional experiences he's earned, he wasted no time at all in trying to help me find a home away from home.

I sincerely thank Kato san for spending the time to show me apartments which met my needs, conversing with and helping me translate documents into English, helping me arrange for Internet installation, and advicing me with the services that I would need in order to get settled. Thank you for finding me a home at a lovely neighbourhood in the shortest amount of time possible! I look forward to your services again in the near future!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Gary from Australia

Renting an apartment in Japan is very hard for foreigners. Or at east, that's what I thought. But Kato san really made it so much easier. Each week, he drove me around to a range of places that matched my long list of specific
requirements. I was quite fussy about what I wanted, but Kato san never applied
any pressure to accept something that wasn't exactly right for me. He was
very kind, very patient and very helpful.

Most importantly, I really felt I could trust him, so I felt much more relaxed
about renting an apartment in Japan. Kato san even managed to negotiate on
my behalf which would have been very difficult with another agency.

I can also say that it was quite good fun to drive around visiting apartments
with Kato san. His English is perfect, and we had many casual conversations
about life in Japan for local people and for foreigners. Quite truthfully,
it felt more like a friend was helping me out than a real estate agency.
If you're looking for a home in Tokyo, Kato san will really help you.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jerome from France

Many Thanks to Hikari Homes and Kato-san for helping me finding a new
appartment. Even for me who has been in Japan for a few years now and can speak japanese, it's never easy.

Kato-san immediately understood what I was looking for and showed me a
lot of great places. It didn't took long for me to find exactly what I
was looking for. Everything was super fast and professional, and I really recommend
Hikari Homes to foreigners in Tokyo for their friendly and efficient staff.
Thanks!   Jerome

Monday, June 14, 2010

Simon from UK

Before my wife and I arrived in Tokyo we had no idea which area to look for our apartment. But after contacting Mr Harada from Hikari home we were able to find our perfect home in just 2 weeks, and well within our budget as well.

Japan can be a difficult place to come to, especially if you don't speak the language. But things were much easier because of Mr Harada's attentive and professional service. I would recommend anyone looking for apartments in Tokyo to give Mr Harada a call.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Florian and Olivier from France

Finding an appartment can be challenging in Japan especially when you're looking for roomsharing. We were lucky to meet Kaz. We had specific criterias about the place we wished to rent, and he really helped us in finding the perfect match. We only had to visit four appartments to make our mind and we're now really happy about the place we found.
Add to this a perfectly bilingual team and extremely fast reactivity and I'm sure you shouldn't have any trouble finding a nice place to live.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Lawrence from Singapore

many thanks kato san for your assistance n persistance. appreciated. finally found the place! thanks  Lawrence

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Zac and Elly from UK

Kaz assisted us greatly in finding our new apartment. He was able to find multiple places that were both in our price range, and within the areas of which we wished to live. As well as always being available to help with any questions we had, he was also very helpful setting up utilities for the apartment and this allowed us to have a smooth move in. Thanks again!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cedric from Malaysia

Finding a place to stay in Tokyo is not easy, especially for a non japanese speaker like me. I was lucky to stumble upon Hikari Homes, they were very commited and professional in what they do. Kato-san is a very patient man, and brought me to many places before I finally decided on one. I want to thank Kato-san and Hikari Homes for the good job they have done!  
Keep up the good work!   Cedric

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Erica from Ireland

I was pretty specific about what I wanted in an apartment and I had been looking for a long time by myself. When I got in touch with Hikari Homes, they were very quick to respond. Kato san took me to a lot of different places that met my requirements. He was very patient and helpful so I can't recommend their services enough.   Erica

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Romen and Charlotte from UK

I approached Hikari with a very strict search criteria which was received by Kaz with enthusiasm from the start. They took the time to listen to my needs and provide me with some great options which exceeded my expectations. Kaz showed excellent attention to detail as well as realistic advice. Finally he handled the closing process professionally and got us a great deal in the end. I would recommend any individual or business looking for new apartments to Hikari, and I was particularly impressed that their entire staff were bilingual which made things much easier for me.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Bridgette from USA

I have lived in Tokyo now for 8 months and did not have much luck in finding a place I have been 100% happy with until now. I came across an ad on the internet about several apartments for rent that were ``Gaijen Friendly`` and did not require so many payments up front such as key money, agent fee, deposit and guarantor. When I ran across the Hikari Homes Inc. Real Estate Agency advertisement, I immediately inquired about one apartment I thought I would be interested in seeing. However, when I called, I spoke to a very kind and helpful gentleman named Kaz Harada. Kaz really helped me and offered to view 3 apartments that were within my monthly budget and in my ideal location. He worked hard and was very professional the entire time. I am extremely grateful for his help and patience too. I strongly recommend contacting Kaz Harada at Hikari Home Inc. because he was extremely kind, hospitable and really makes you feel you are well taken care of in finding a home away from home! =D It also helped tremendously that Kaz can speak English extremely well since unfortunately, I don't speak Japanese. Thank you so much Kaz Harada!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Vincent & Imene from France

"Yes, it is difficult to find an apartment in Tokyo when you are not Japanese. It is way more easier when you deal with the best real estate agent in town. Kaz helped us from day one until we got the keys. Before that, we visited together about 30 different apartments. All of them were awesome. I must say Kaz quickly understood what we were looking for.

Once we made our decision - which was not the easiest part - he succeeded in getting us two months free rent and some other benefits. He worked very hard for us, that's for sure, even on his day off he called to update me. We really had the feeling to be his unique customer, which was obviously not the case. Then, he eventually called the electricity, gas and water company for us. I am telling you, the man is an angel and a formidable negotiator !
In addition to that, we spent really good times talking together and I hope I'll be able to meet him again in other circumstances.

In any case, I already know that next time I am looking for an apartment, I'll go directly to Hikari Home's office.
Thank you so much."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Jae and Seyon from Korea

Kaz and Hikari home did an exceptional job for us in searching for a new apartment.Kaz was an excellent negotiator with the landlord in getting me a better deal as well as a 1 month free rent which reduced the cost of my relocation significantly. i think i found a long term friend and partner. Well done Kaz and Hikari home. i look forward to
doing business with you again in the future.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Christanova from Singapore

I was really desperate when I was looking for an apartment company and most companies have lots of problem and wasn't really helpful. I found this apartment company by chance and met Kato-san ,who was very kind and professional . It feels like customer's need is their first priority and very good negotiation for solving the problems .Highly recommended , if this company is not capable of getting an apartment , then I'll be really doubt if any of the other company would.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Anindya from India

My move to Tokyo from Bombay, India, was quite sudden and unexpected. I had just a little over a month's notice to pack my bags and join the new office. I didn't know any Japanese. This would be the first time I would be living in another country. And I would have to leave behind my familiar social circle and start all over again. Needless to say, it was quite stressful and finding an apartment asap was on the top of my list. Luckily, I got to know about Hikari Home through an online forum and Jeff got in touch soon after. He sat down with me and tried to make sense of my requirements after patiently listening to my confused ramblings (I really didn't know what I wanted). The end of the story is that I found my apartment at the end of the very first day after going apartment hunting with the shortlist that Jeff had prepared. A few emails later, it was time to just collect the keys, with hardly any paperwork involved. Jeff also helped me decipher the functions of the numerous buttons on the gadgets in the apartment (they were all in kanji!!). Thanks to Jeff and everyone else at Hikari, my move to Tokyo was a dream rather than the nightmare I had expected!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Noah from Canada

I was looking for an apartment in Tokyo and started by trying to do the research on my own through the internet. This proved to be very difficult! So I spoke to some friends and they recommended Kato-san with Hikari. I went and met with Kato-san several times to find the perfect apartment for me. He was very helpful and I felt that he really understood what I was looking for in an apartment even though I was not to sure what I was looking for.

I would recommend Kato-san and the staff at Hikari homes to anyone that is looking to make the move to Tokyo.

Thank you for all your help Kato!!!  Noah

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Steffen from Germany

Before arriving at Hikari’s office I toyed with the idea to just renew the lease contract for the apartment I was living in at that time. Now I am glad that I didn’t and instead went to Hikari Homes. Right after I set my preferences Kaz surprised me with an apartment that didn’t match with my main criterias. However I was thrilled by the architecture of the building and thus was keen to go and have a look. Long story short, I put down an application immediately after I saw it and already feel at home whilst I am writing these lines. Kaz, thanks for everything. Keep up the good work!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Laszlo from Hungary

Finding the appropriate apartment in Japan can be mazy, especially when you've just arrived and don't speak Japanese. I don't. However, surfing the internet I've found a property maintained by Hikari Home and asked information about that. On the very same day Kato-san contacted me, asked a lot of questions concerning my needs and offered me an appointment to show me some candidates.. The end of the story is of course that I've found my apartment with just the conditions I've asked for. Kato-san can understand your requirements and try to fulfill all of them. He is very kind, speaks English fluently and - what is very important for me - answers all of my e-mails promptly, as soon as possible, even on weekends. And that's not all about it. If you have questions he tries to help you anytime in everything even after you've found your apartment and arranged all of the paperwork.
I do not know anything about other companies, but finding an apartment with Hikari Home is a safe choice. Kato-san was a great help, thank you so much! Laszlo

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Lori from Texas , U.S

I really recommend Hikari Home to anyone looking for an apartment in Tokyo. Kato-san was so kind and helped me a lot with finding the apartment, translating the contract and doing the apartment checklist after moving in. I could never have found such a nice apartment without Kato-san's help. Hikari Home will help you with everything you need and they even call and get the gas, electricity and water set up for you. It is an amazing company, especially for foreigners living in Japan. I absolutely love my new apartment and I am sure they can find an apartment perfect for you, too. Thank you Kato-san and Hikari Home!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sebastien from France

"Renting an apartment is always a challenge for foreigners especially students.

But fortunately I could benefit from Kaz (Mr Harada) help.

He perfectly understood what I was looking for. He took the time to show me many apartments before making a decision and also managed everything including: contract, utilities... I could find an apartment in a new building below the market rate with no extra fees (Key money and Management fees).

Thus I strongly recommend to contact Hikari Homes when looking for a place to live in Tokyo. You will not be disappointed and surprised by their professionalism."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Paul from England

Moving for me in Japan has always been a stressful and difficult process so I was certainly not looking forward to having to do it again.

However I discovered Hikari homes and met Seiya Kato-san who became my estate agent. He made the moving process a much easier and less stressful event with English support and prompt responses to any of my questions. I would strongly recommend Hikari to anybody looking for a great service and good apartments.

Paul James

Jules from Canada

Looking for my new place in Tokyo I was already tired before I begun. I had an idea of what to expect and was dreading the move. I had looked around at some agencies and had started to use another, with dissapointing results. Then, I saw the ad from Hikari Home. I decided to email and see what happens.

Jeff answered my email and suggested I come in. Meeting in person was great, clear and conscise he helped me narrow my scattered search to a smaller area and on the first day of visiting found the place of my dreams. After deciding on the apartment, Jeff was instrumental in taking care of the mountain of paperwork, he made things understandable and reduced the "overwhelming" factor.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Adam from UK

Finding an apartment in Tokyo can be really difficult!!!
Fortunately, with the help of Shinichi, I managed to find exactly the apartment I was looking for. Shinichi guided me through the process in English including making the contact and arranging all the services and utilities. Thanks again for all your help!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Chris from USA

Hi Jeff, I just wanted to say thank you again for your wonderful service. I have moved several times in Japan over the years, and I have to say working with you and your office has made this the smoothest, stress-free move by far. You all went out of your way to handle the Japanese paperwork side of things, which normally gives me the greatest difficulty. Great service, and I will definately be contacting you again should I be moving again.

Ray from All Nippon Airways

Kato san made the move to Japan a seamless transition could not have done it without his help.


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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Dan from U.S

Having lived in Tokyo before, I know how difficult it can be to find a place that fits one's budget. I had never heard if Hikari Home before, but their web-site was well constructed and easy to use and provided an array of choices for search results. I was able to easily find the kind of place I was looking for ahead of time and contact the necessary agent before even arriving in Japan.

Mr. Seiya Kato was a tremendous help every step of the way. From the initial phone conversation to signing the final paperwork he was able to answer my questions and was very professional throughout the entire process. I was especially appreciative of the type of service that Mr. Seiya Kato provided to me as a client. He was very good about responding to emails, returning phone calls, answering questions, explaining legalities, and working to meet my needs.

The place that I ended up deciding on was a very nice area of the Minato ward, which is truelly convenient as far as transportation, dinnig, and proximity to other areas. Since the deciding factor for me was the shortest commute to my place of employment I was very thankful that Mr. Seiya Kato found what I was looking for. His light-heartedness, and genuine personality made what could have been a big heart ache, a smooth transition. I would highly recommend Hikari Home to anyone, especially a first timer to Japan, who is expects professionalism and a good customer experience when looking for housing in Tokyo.

Seiya Kato-San, thank you very much for helping me through this process. I am very satisfied with the service you provided.

Dan N.
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