Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Alexandre from France

"Grâce à Kaz, j'ai pu trouver dans un délai court un très bel appartement, très bien situé, et pour un prix raisonnable pour Tokyo. Toujours accessible et réactif, maitrisant très bien la langue anglaise, Kaz m'a permis de franchir les obstacles qui attendent le "gaijin" a son arrivée dans la plus grande métropole du monde pour trouver un logement."

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Toby from UK

I was looking for a new place to move to and considering several areas in Tokyo - something that can be time consuming and quite a lot to get your head around.  Thanks to Kaz I was able to view several properties that met my preferences and select the best one for me. Kaz is always cheerful, a great listener, and takes time to help you evaluate potential bad points as well as the obvious good points of each apartment, adding trust and credibility to his already high level of service. I would be happy to recommend Kaz to anyone (Japanese and non-Japanese) looking for a new place in Tokyo! 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Vid from UK

I had been thinking about moving for a while but was a little lost by the number of options in the market. I also knew that it would be difficult to move to many of the apartments I was interested in, as a foreigner in Tokyo. However Kaz and his team were kind and explained the whole process carefully, as well as showing me a range of places to choose from. I was pleasantly surprised by how much time they put in to find a nice place for me, and the adivce they gave was excellent. In the end the place I chose has been a joy to be in, and Kaz has helped me with some minor issues with the move-in as well. I will be sure to use this service for my next move in a few years!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Louisa from UK

Harada-san's service is unrivaled. He is a true expert in house hunting for foreigners in Tokyo. From his detailed first analysis of our needs, to his initial consultation of available apartments that fit, Harada-san conducts himself with a superb level of professionalism. He understands how to negotiate with the property owners and managed to get us an unthinkably good deal on the apartment we chose.
I have used 5 different agents since living in Tokyo and am pleased to have finally found someone who understands how to treat a customer. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gary from UK

I had been looking for a flat with a few companies for a while before being introduced to Hikari by a friend. From the off, they were swift with their responses and very helpful in all aspects of the move, even down to setting up the utilities. I'm very pleased with the location and building that we finally decided on.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Alex from Philippines

It was my first time to look for an apartment in Japan and I had no idea where to start. Luckily I was introduced by my coworker to Manabu-san. It didn't take long before we found place that matched all my preferences. I really appreciate his assistance during the entire process which include explaining Japanese documents and contacting a moving company. He was very professional and personal at the same time. I highly recommend Manabu-san and Hikari Home to anyone looking for a place to live in Tokyo.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Kei from Tokyo

My wife and I were looking for a new apartment and I gave Kaz-san a call. From the moment we spoke, he immediately began searching a place for us. We had quite specific needs as to location and the room layout, but Kaz-san with not only great skill and knowledge, but with equally much care and patience, suggested and showed us around several possibilities. In the end we found a place that well exceeded our expectations. I have the highest recommendation for Kaz-san and the dedicated staff of Hikari Home.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hiromi from Sweden

"I was still living in Europe when I was introduced to Kaz-san. I had to move to Tokyo on short notice and didn't have much time to spend on apartment searching. He sent me several apartments to look at on the internet while I was still in Europe and once I came to Tokyo, he took me around to the ones that matched my preferences. He listened very closely to what I was looking for and always gave his honest opinion about the different places that we looked at. It took me one day to find an apartment. Kaz-san explained every aspect of the contract to me in detail and was very patient throughout the whole process. I never had to wait long for a reply and he even contacted the gas and internet companies for me so that I could move in straight away! Kaz-san is really professional and easy to talk to. I will definitely contact him the next time I am moving and I truly recommend him and Hikari Home to anyone who is looking for an apartment in Tokyo."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Yuki from Japan

It was my first experience to look for an apartment in Tokyo,
I was really nervous and did not know what to start with, but everything went well
when I walk into Hikarihome and met Tad san.
He was very experienced and he also had a great understanding of what I was trying to
tell him. It probably took him little more time that his other clients, but he was very patient
and found exactly what I was looking for. My parents were there to make a final decision,
but they were also very happy with his work.
If anyone is looking for a new place, he is the one to ask.
You will not regret it!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lei from USA

I am extremely fortunate to have met Manabu-san who helped me find a great apartment in the perfect location. Having spent the last year and a half living in a guesthouse/apartment, I was a bit hesitant about looking for an apartment on my own. Just by chance, and out of curiosity, I sent an inquiry to Hikari Home. That same day, I received a response from Manabu-san. From day one, I felt that he had my best interest at heart. I really appreciate the time he has taken to help me find the right place and to explain the Japanese documents in English. I have not had to worry about anything during the entire process as he has taken care of everything. If you are looking for an apartment in Tokyo, I definitely recommend contacting Hikari Home. You'll be in good hands with Manabu-san. Thanks again for everything,Lei

Monday, October 24, 2011

Elijah from USA

I had to move to Tokyo on very short notice. Even after living in Japan for many years, I didn't have any idea where to start house hunting in Tokyo. Kaz and Hikari Home made the whole process very easy. Kaz was very helpful in introducing me to different neighborhoods and he helped me to focus my search and find an apartment that I would truly be happy with. He was patient, flexible and professional throughout the entire process. I can't thank him enough for his help. I highly recommend him and Hikari Home to any one looking to relocate to Tokyo.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Remi from Canada

"A friend of mine who knew I was urgently looking for an apartment in Tokyo gave my name to Kaz and his team at Hikari Home. Within the same day, he got in touch with me, with apartment recommendations. On that week, he showed me the apartment I wanted, and later that month, I signed the papers to move in. Kaz's service was professional, concise, and to the point. The apartments his team provides are neat, well maintained, and affordable. Kaz's flawless English made him my go-to man for any friend of mine from abroad looking to settle in Tokyo. I'm truly satisfied with the apartment I now live in. Kaz, thanks again for your help!" 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Laura from France

Having been previously in contact with Hikari Home for an apartment search, which had been a pleasant experience, it seemed obvious to turn to them again when we started looking for office space for our business. Kaz and Tad are both very friendly people and were extremely diligent in providing as many possibilities as possible and helping us narrow down our choice to the most fitting. Kaz did not hesitate to answer our emails even late at night to ensure the process would be smooth and fast. The agency even provided interpretation services free of charge when we had to sign the contract with the management company and helped us negotiate the terms of rental. We ended up finding a good place very quickly and are fully satisfied with the services provided by Hikari Home. We will definitely turn to them again if we ever need to find another place.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

John and Sachiko from USA

My husband and I were getting very worried trying to find a new place in Japan.  While still in America, we had contacted several different apartment rentals listings online and it was not looking good.  I recommended to try Hikari Home from a colleague and all I can say is that Kaz did a fantastic job.  The day after we arrived in Japan we visited his office and he had 10 different possibilities picked out for our review.  We narrowed the selection down to the top 3 and he arranged for us to see all of them that day.  That night Kaz started the paperwork on our top choice and due to his hard work, one week later we had the keys to our new place in hand.  Kaz made the whole experience very fun and easy.  I would recommend him and Hikari Home to anyone.  Thank you so much Kaz! 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Galen from USA

Living in a temp apartment and working 12+ hours per day, I was eager to get situated in my own apartment in Japan. Not speaking any Japanese or being familiar with many neighborhoods in Tokyo, I was nervous about my upcoming deadline to find an apartment. In one Sunday afternoon, Kaz and I saw several apartments in the Omostesando area before finding the perfect apartment for me in Naka-meguro. I could not be more satisfied with the place I found and the terms of the rental. But Kaz followed through even after I had already committed to the apartment. He worked with HR at my own company, my relocation service, the gas company, and the internet company. When I moved in, it was a one shot process to getting set up. I could not be more relieved and grateful to Kaz and Ms. Sakamaki for their help.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Micael from Sweden

"Having moved to another country to before I know how much trouble and stress that can bring. Finding a new place to call home in a foreign culture, in a new language, isn't easy. So this time I was prepared for a bumpy ride. Especially in Japan. But luck came my way when I contacted Hikarihome. Then a smooth operation began, with the professional and personal Tad-san taking on my case. Tad specializes in finding homes for foreigners in Japan and his international background and fantastic organizational mind makes him perfect for the job. I could not have found anyone better to help me out. In nearly no time at all he found me a lovely new home! I wholeheartedly recommend Hikarihome to all foreigners in the market for a place to live in Tokyo. You will not be disappointed."

Friday, September 30, 2011

Jonathan from USA

TAKA-San has been extremely helpful during my search for an apartment in Tokyo.
He speaks perfect English and works tirelessly to meet my specific requirements.
Most importantly, he always there to offer assistance to me.
My relocation to Tokyo has been a whole lot easier in a country where you don't speak the local language.
I highly recommend TAKA-san with professionalism!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Brian from USA

I contacted Hikari Homes and was put in touch with Kaz san. I met with him and I explained exactly what I was looking for in an apartment. Kaz san took the time to show me several apartments in several different areas that met my criteria. He never tried to pressure me into making a quick decision and he always assisted me with whatever I needed. After I found a great apartment, Kaz san took the time to explain the contract in detail and arranged to have all my utilities set up. He was very professional throughout the process and as a result the overall experience was great. Thank you Kaz san for all your help.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Loren from USA

I was recommended by my close friend Lauren to call Kaz to find a new apartment after having looked for a place for nearly 3 months with little success. Although my partner and I are fluent in Japanese and had no difficulties with communicating what we wanted, we felt that most agents simply didn't go the extra mile (kilometer!) to meet our demands--and we are demanding. In fact, Kaz was extremely patient and understanding given how particular and fussy we were about the units he showed us. We didn't want to compromise, and he persevered until we found a place that when we walked in we thought we could live in. He represented us well in the negotiations and was honest and transparent throughout the process. I trusted my friend's recommendation, and I was very satisfied. I have already recommended Kaz to another friend who also successfully found a flat within a tight timeframe. These guys are the best--attentive, patient and hardworking. They deliver.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Jess from Sounth Africa

"I moved to Tokyo with very little time to find an apartment and move in. I met with Kaz and he was able to find exactly what I was looking for in no time. In fact, the first time I met him he already had a number of places that met my conditions lined up and ready to see. Within a few days I was in my apartment and happily starting my new life in Tokyo. His English is excellent and his experience dealing with foreigners moving to Japan means that he can provide great advice about living to Tokyo that people may not be aware of. He made the process of signing contracts and providing details a breeze and I can honestly recommend his services without hesitation. Finding a new place to live can be a difficult decision, but Kaz will help making the decision much easier."

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Adam from Australia

One month has now passed after moving into my new apartment and I couldnt be happier. Working with Kaz from Hikari Homes was a pleasure and made the daunting task of moving to a new apartment in Tokyo that much easier. After meeting with Kaz and giving him my location and apartment requests/requirements we sat down at the office and explored the possible apartment options that he thought may work. We chose a few to look through and after tweaking some factors Kaz found the current apartment I am now in. Dealing with everything in english, Kaz made all the information easy to understand and explained everything well. I would recommend Kaz to anyone looking to find a new apartment in Tokyo. He is a friendly, hardworking guy that keeps your best interests at heart. I am very happy in my new place.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Andy from UK

"Kaz managed to find the perfect place for us - bigger than we expected, new, in the area we wanted, and under our budget. We couldn't be happier with the service we received as the whole process was managed smoothly and efficiently. We would be happy to recommend Kaz and Hikari Homes to anyone."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Marc and Caberia from France

We met Manabu on saturday and he listened to us very carefully.The week later, he found us exactly what we needed.
He gave us a big help for the contract and paperwork.
He was very kindly, very free, available, even when we were in France in order to set everything fine.
It would not have been possible without his help.
Now we're in our apartment, very useful and in compatibility with us.
Gas, electricity, water, Internet and phone were transfer with its help.THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!!
We will definitely recommended him to our foreigners friends and the french community to look for an apartment and find their own happiness.

Thank you Manabu for your professional work.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Teodor from Romania

My family and I had a great luck to meet Kaz-san (this is how I am calling him) last year in the first days of our staying in Japan. We needed a house and we wanted to be very close from our work and for our children's schools. And we found in our first day of house hunting. We were very happy about everything, and I thanks God we worked with Kaz-san. After one year we wanted to move in a new house and again everything worked smoothly, and we got the perfect place in two days for us thanks to Kaz-san. Last Saturday we got the keys from our new house and we are very happy we got this deal. We would like to thank Kaz-san for his kindness, his professionalism, for his joyful attitude and for the way he was taking care about us.I think we found more than a professional adviser, we found a friend.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Johan from Sweden and Leiah from USA

"After a few disappointing experiences with several real estate agents in Tokyo, my girlfriend and I found Kuramochi-san at Hikari Homes. Patient and professional, Kuramochi-san went beyond what is expected. Even with our many requests, he was able to met each one and always with a smile. Once we found our dream apartment, we ran into some difficulty with management company; however, Kuramochi-san and the nice people at Hikari home handled the situation professionally and we were able to get the apartment we wanted. Impressive service and a company we could recommend in a heart beat".

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vedrana from Croatia

When I arrived to Tokyo I needed to find an appropriate apartment as soon as possible. It seemed like mission impossible! Thanks to Mr.Harada`s effort, assistance and care I was successful in finding a perfect place to stay for next couple of years. I recommend him and his agency as one of the best English-speaking, most friendly and helpful home finders in Tokyo!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Guillermo and Nerea from SPAIN

Aunque llevamos algun tiempo en Japon, no nos sentiamos capaces de llevar la busqueda de piso solos y sin asesoramiento. Seguimos el consejo de Pablo y contactamos a Kaz. Pese a nuestros gustos cambiantes y a veces contradictorios, en solo dos dias de visita dimos con el piso que buscabamos, ademas en una zona que nos encanta. Los tramites han sido muy rapidos y Kaz ha estado pendiente de todos los detalles.
Gracias a Pablo por recomendarnos HIKARI y muchas gracias a Kaz por su eficacia y simpatia durante la busqueda.

Though it’s been a while since we arrived in Japan, we didn’t trust our skills to find a new apartment on our own. So we took Pablo’s advice and contacted Kaz. We are not easy to be pleased, but in two days Kaz found THE apartment. Plus we’ve always liked the neighborhood!! The paperwork was easy and Kaz really took care of us all the way. Just thanks to Pablo and of course, thank you so much to Kaz, for his kindness and professionalism.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Colin from UK

'I spent many hours and saw more than a dozen appartments in Tokyo with no hint of success before finding Hikari Homes online and going to meet Kaz. From the start he was very proffessional. We went through my requirements slowly and in enough detail to draw up a shortlist. All my information was input into their computer and a list of potential appartments appeared. We went through the list to pick out the top 4-5 options and then headed out to view. After so many fruitless journeys viewing flats I wasn't overly confident but 3-4 hours later we'd been round 4 appartments and I'd found the place I wanted to move into! From there the process was very smooth and Kaz took care of all the details and before I knew it I had moved in. Without Kazs help and expertise I might never have managed it...'

Colin from China

"When I came to Japan 4 years ago, TAKA-san helped me finding the first apartment room. Since that we keep in touch for the past 4 years during when he is still always helpful for any of my request or question. This time again I asked help from TAKA-san to find the new place, he executed searching the candidates very well following my criteria, moreover gave his advice on some of the important points. The final contract was made very quickly by his effort in following up with the owner and hit the date I want. For my movement this time, I only contacted TAKA-san as I trust him and I'd like to say 'thank you very much' to him !"

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Andres from Argentina

"For foreigners, searching a new apartment in Japan is always a headache and can be annoying sometimes, even when you speak good japanese. And from what i've heard from my japanese friends, even for japanese people is troublesome.
After eight years in Japan i knew that and when i decided to move to a new place i thought it was going to be lot of trouble again, but the guys at hikari homes did a very good job helping me to find a place i liked. Im not an easy customer as im very picky, but still they had the patience for listening to all my requests, and finally when we found the right place they took care of all the paperwork and negotiation necessary to get the best deal. And even after moving in, they make sure of assist you in all you need, even talking with utilities companies so you dont have to deal with all the phone calls and stuff, that was a great help for me. And no, they dont try to charge you more for those extra services.
Also they make you feel very comfortable talking with them, not like most of agents where you walk in and they look and talk to you as you were from Mars. And no, they dont ask you where did you park your spacecraft.
I definitely would recommend Hikari Homes to anyone who wants to find an apartment in Japan thru a comfortable and smooth process. Thank you a lot Manabu!"

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Aki from Tokyo

I had the pleasure of working with Kaz to find my new apartment. Kaz is very friendly, has great communication abilities both in Japanese/ English, prompt with his responses, helpful and will go that extra mile to meet your expectation. Although I am Japanese compared to most foreign users of Hikari Homes/ Kaz, I would recommend Kaz to anyone that is struggling to find the apartment of your dreams. Kaz will make this happen.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Keisuke From Tokyo

Tad has done a gread job for me!
I've visited about five different agents before meeting Tad,
but I was never able to run into anything that moved my heart.

And when I went to Hikarihome, Tad was there to help me out.
Tad has listened to me very carefully to come up with an apartment
that moved my hear and I was able to find a place on a day that I visited

Romen from UK

It was a pleasure to work with Kaz again and he did was every bit as helpful as the first time that I used Hikari Homes. In a short place of time he was able to identify and negotiate on a number of apartments which met my needs. I will definitely use him again and recommend to any Japanese or no-Japanese speaker.

Joan from Manila

I had been to three different companies and none of them had given a hassle free and great assistance like that of Manabu from Hikari Homes. Manabu is not only fluent in English, he is also very approachable and accommodating. He takes everything in consideration, he listens and responds promptly, he is always available for questions and always ready for assistance even in details that other companies would not bother to help their clients such as in arranging connection with my gas, water and utilities. I truly appreciate that he made sure hot water should be running when we moved in so my baby would not get sick, thus he tried everything to make my utilities ready for a comfortable start.

Manabu makes his clients feel comfortable and relax, far from other 'cold' and 'gaijin' feel that I had in other companies. He is very friendly and very professional. Imagine coming to work to show me the property while having his first child on that day. That's how professional he is! Most importantly, he explained everything in the contract, translating them to English to make sure I understand all the vital points. And even after I had moved in, he was still helping me with some details like setting up the digital TV! I also had some advice from him where to find furniture and home items, what more can I ask for!

Indeed, he is a great help in finding us a place that is within my budget, close to work, convenient and most importantly, pleasant neighborhood. Manabu has by far given me the best, smoothest, hassle free, and stress free service in my six years in Japan. I strongly recommend Manabu to my friends and colleagues, and to other expatriates in Tokyo who want quality service in finding their best home. You'll never go wrong because you are in good hands with Manabu! Perhaps it is not an exaggeration to say he is heaven-sent to expats like me who needs to find the best place in the city. Thanks so much, Manabu-san!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lori from USA

I wanted to send along my thanks to TAKA of Hikari Home for helping me find my new apartment in Tokyo. Finding a new place to live in Japan can be very stressful. In addition, I had some very specific requirements, for example, premium area, high floor, and an extra window, for which Taka worked very hard to fulfill. Move in day is today. Thank you Taka and Hikari Home.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

David from USA

Kaz was so helpful throughout the entire process of finding my new home. He was patient and took the time to show me various buildings over the period of 5 weeks. I have been in japan almost 9 years now and my experience with Kaz in finding a home was by far the smoothest and hassle free to date. I definitely recommend his services to expatriates in Tokyo who are looking to relocate.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Bob from USA

Kaz Harada was great! He helped me find a great apartment in Tokyo, in my budget range, close to work, and gave his best effort to assist me with all of the details of geting moved in. I highly recommend using Kaz to find an apartment in Tokyo.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Chico from USA

About a month ago, I started hunting for a new apartment in Tokyo. I
didn't have much of a strategy. I Google'd a few search terms. I sent
e-mails to a few realtor companies, addressed to nobody in particular.
I braced myself for weeks of confusion.

But a grim apartment search turned into an enjoyable (and successful)
one for one lucky reason: Kaz Harada read the message I sent to Hikari
Homes. Harada-san, it turns out, is terrific at his job -- friendly,
reliable, industrious. On my behalf, he worked quickly and honestly,
showing me to just the sort of apartments I was interested in seeing.
When minor problems came up, Harada-san found easy solutions. When a
wire transfer to the property owner didn't go through, Harada-san
called the bank and made it work. Not once did the process feel
overwhelming or stressful. And eventually, I ended up with a great
apartment -- and four months of free rent.

I don't anticipate moving again while I live in Tokyo, but if I do,
I'll take a more direct approach to my apartment hunt: I'll call
Harada-san from the get-go. That's a strategy I would advise for

Thursday, June 9, 2011

James from Scotland

As a non-Japanese speaking foreigner, I expect difficult and hassle when moving apartment. However, right from my first contact, Kaz made everything really easy for me. He really listened to what I was looking for, suggested a select range of good options, and I’d made my decision within a couple of weeks. He made all the paperwork and planning as simple as he could, and managed to fit our meetings around my schedule. I’m recommending Kaz to anyone looking for an apartment in Tokyo.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Michael and Daphne from Taipei

Finding a suitable apartment overseas, within your budget and lifestyle needs, can be a challenging experience at best. Having lived and worked overseas for over fifteen years, I have worked with a number of realty agents. Kaz, I can truly say, is one-of-a-kind. He has many strengths, far too many to list here, but when it comes to searching for an apartment in Tokyo, three immediately come to mind. Kaz listens. He takes the time to understand your needs and operates in a clear and open style to help you feel confident and comfortable. Kaz delivers. He will find a range of apartments that meet your needs then work with you and the leasing company to create the best offer available. Kaz helps. He understands the difficulties of living overseas and works with you to solve problems. He’s not afraid to offer his opinion and working with him is very much like working with a trusted friend. I highly recommended his services.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Alex and Eve from Spain

Somos Alex y Eva,

Nosotros contactamos con Kaz desde España y teníamos poco tiempo para encontrar un piso en Tokyo.

Cada vez que escribíamos un correo con alguna duda, nos contestaba rapidamente, sin importar el dia de la semana.
En seguida capto el tipo de piso que nosotros necesitábamos.
Cuando llegamos a Tokyo, en un dia, conseguimos el piso que buscábamos. Una vez elegido, Kaz se encargo absolutamente de todo, el papeleo, dar de alta los suministros, hablar con el dueño del piso y a demás nos explico las normas de comunidad.
Es un gran profesional, con una larga experiencia, muy atento y cercano.

We are Alex and Eve

We contacted Kaz from Spain and had little time to find an apartment in Tokyo. Every time I wrote an email to him with some questions, he answered quickly no matter what day of the week it was. He caught the type of what we needed right away.The first day of our apartment hunt, we got the apartment we wanted. Once selected, Kaz took care of absolutely everything such as price negotiation, paperwork, utilities,etc. He also explained the rules of the new community. He is a pro with with great experience, and a very attentive and friendly attitude.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Jonathan from USA

Hikari Homes is the perfect agency for your next home search. My agent, Kaz Harada, impressed me with his market knowledge and honesty.

Not only did Kaz reply to my inquiry immediately but he also took to time to really listen to what I wanted in my ideal home. After searching and consulting on suitable places he took the extra step of pre-screening each property before we set out. This saved a great deal of my time and made our day very well-organized. Within a short time we were out looking at many equally outstanding properties based on my budget and preferences. Within two weeks after meeting Kaz, I am unpacked and living in my ideal home!

I have dealt with many agents in Japan and Kaz Harada at Hikari Homes is the first that gave me exactly what I asked for. Thank you Kaz! You hit the nail on the head!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Leda from Bulgar

Kaz was extremely helpful in finding me find an apartment to live in Tokyo.
Although I had many requirements which were difficult to statisfy
within my budget, he was very resourceful in suggesting areas that I
have not thought of before although they were equally convenient and
showing me to apartments which have not been yet released to the
In addition, he also organised all the paper work and the utilities
for me while I was out of the country.
He is a very professional yet personable agent and it was a pleasure
to work with him.
I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a place in Tokyo.

Dan and Yoko from UK

I am happy to highly recommend Harada-san. My wife and I recently moved to Tokyo and required a good contact within the local property market. Harada-san’s name was suggested to us by my work colleague as someone who was honest, reliable and able to provide a high-quality service. However what impressed me most was his ability to identify suitable properties for us within a very short period of time, then organise several viewings in the space of just one day. I believe Harada-san took a genuine interest in finding us the right property and we are extremely happy with our new home. If you are looking for an experienced professional with an excellent range of properties then Harada-san is your man.
I would like to thank Harada-san for doing such a good job for us and wish him every success in the future.
Daniel Lynch.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Paul from Australia

Kaz was a breath of fresh air in the daunting task of finding a suitable place to call home in Tokyo. Not only does he speak fluent English, he has the rare ability to actually listen to what you want. He only showed me places within my budget and to my preferences. We thoroughly discussed criteria and options in the office prior to shortlisting 4 apartments to visit of which I chose one that I'm happy with. Unlike some agents, Kaz also follows through even though his agency fee has been finalised. He explains all the contractual details, building regs and offers his assistance for any future question that I may have. I highly recommend him, especially for new arrivals.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Carol from UK

Before coming to Japan, I contacted a few agents but Kaz was quick to respond and kind enough to set aside a day for me.
After confirming my wants and needs, we looked at what was available online before selecting a few places to view.
It was really great to see lots of locations and options, nothing was too much trouble. Kaz knew just what I needed and showed
me an apartment I would not have considered, in an area I hadn't thought of. It was perfect and nothing else could compare to it.
Close to the station, but quiet, plenty of amenities and train lines; and the building is new, safe and warm - Perfect!
Although it was little more than I wanted to pay, Kaz negotiated a great deal for me and got me into the apartment quickly
- he even set up all my utilities and internet! I've recommended him to all my colleagues and can whole heartedly recommend him to you too.
Thank you!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mark from Switzerland

When I first arrived in Tokyo I contacted 3 real estate agencies to help me find an apartment. Taka san from Hikari Homes definitely was by far the best. On the same day I met with Taka san:

- we went through the list of apartments that matched my requirements- I was able to visit all of them- made a reservation for the one I wanted.

Taka san took care of all the administrative work and even made all arrangements with Gas, water and electricity company before I moved in.

I can only recommend to who ever is looking to find an apartment in Tokyo to pay a visit to Hikari homes and check for yourself.
Taka san moved fast, did not count the hours of work, was always available for any question I had (even during his day off work!) and most of all has been extremely efficient in finding me the right apartment in a very short time. This is what I call high standard professional work!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Decia from Jamaica

Walking into a Real Estate Agency in Japan can be intimidating, even when you
speak the language fluently. A lot of times when you walk into a Real Estate
agency in Japan, you get the "where is he/she going?" "hmm gaijin, wonder if
he/she speaks Japanese?" and this is not how one wants to start off a
relationship to find your home while in Japan. I have to say my experience with
TAKA-san of Hikari Home was nothing short of wonderful. TAKA-san listened to
all my request and made sure to get me the apartment I wanted within a
reasonably amount of time, while amazingly negotiating on my behalf and
professionally listening to my unrealistic requests:)). I strong recommend
TAKA-san to anyone looking to take on the dreadful challenge of finding an
apartment/house in Japan - the experience can be challenging but fun and it
makes a world of difference when you have someone who is capable in the middle.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wei Ming from Bolivia

Kaz went to great lengths in helping me during my first move in Japan. I am pretty sure few agents would do what he did for me, and I greatly appreciated his help. I do not yet speak fluent Japanese and he helped me during the process from beginning to end. In one day, I was lucky to find a great apartment thanks to his help and initiative. He is a personable and understanding agent and will definitely make you feel at home in Japan. For those with smaller budgets, but who appreciate going out, I was thankful that Kaz helped me find an apartment that was suitable to my lifestyle. Thank you Kaz.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kyle from Hawaii

Finding accommodations in Japan can be a dreadful experience, especially for foreigners with limited Japanese language abilities. I've gone through the stressful process twice before and have always felt that real-estate agents were working for the landlords. This time was very different.

Kaz found me a great place with a large living room within walking distance from my office which is exactly what I was looking for. He worked around my busy travel schedule to prepare and process the numerous required documents and successfully negotiated financial terms on my behalf. Even after the sale, Kaz made it his responsibility to ensure the property manager followed through with resolving an unforeseeable incident.

Paul from England

I’d like to add my voice to the growing list of commendations for Hikari Homes and particularly Kaz Harada-san who was my consultant. Knowledgeable, flexible, honest and friendly Kaz-san turned a potentially difficult process of finding a home into a simple task. Having listened to my requirements I was shown round a wide selection of apartments all of which ticked the necessary boxes and were within budget. The most arduous task I faced was making the final decision between 2 amazing homes. Kaz-san then patiently explained the contracts, helped with the inventory, negotiated a discount on the rent and took care of gas, electricity and water. Quite simply, you could not wish for to find a better service from a nicer guy. I would not hesitate to recommend Kaz-san and Hiraki Homes to friends and colleagues alike.

Sunday, March 6, 2011




それからは、全てが手際良い運びでこんなにも早くテナント様をお探し頂け、それに併せ賃貸契約の締結までの過程に置いても、すべてをいち早く察知され諸事完璧で確固たるTaka様の対応...まさに “ 痒いところに手が届く思い ” ...と言えるもので、その快さを私は絶えず感じておりました。



Saturday, March 5, 2011

Amir from Malaysia

Taka-san's help was invaluable in getting me the correct apartment that fits my criteria. I had an extremely limited time frame to find an apartment while also focusing on my work assignment. All this had to be done without me having an alien card and a Japanese bank account yet. I was expecting to face a tough time but by working some amazing magic, Taka-san managed to negotiate with the landlord and the guarantor to get me the apartment I wanted. I've now registered at the ward office, have a Japanese bank account and just paid my first water bill in my new home. Thanks a lot Hikari Homes and Taka! Should I decide to look for a new place, I know who to contact again.

Friday, February 25, 2011







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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Marie and Guillaume from France

"We now live in a beautiful apartment at the 23rd floor just in front of the Tokyo Tower. And this is all thanks to Hikari. Kaz Harada has been very serious and dedicated in helping us find a nice place to live in Tokyo. We visited a lot of apartments together until we find the perfect one. He also helped us fill the forms for the guarantor company. And he did not let us time after we moved in; even when it meant coming to our place on a friday night at 7:00 PM to explain all the strange "kanjis" to use robotics".

Shelby from USA

Thanks to Hikari Homes, I was able to move quickly and easily.
Although finding an apartment for an underage foreigner can be a very
frustrating task, I had a very pleasant experience. Kaz Harada was
truly a delight to work with. I was honestly shocked by how helpful
and friendly he was! I had moved once before through a real estate
agency (catered to foreign students) affiliated with my university and
the service I received there cannot even compete with Hikari Homes'.
Thank you so much Kaz, you are a life saver! If I ever need to move
again I know exactly who to call!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Pablo from Mexico

When I first walk into Hikari I knew I was dealing with a different agency. They were very helpful and understanding. Even with my vague ideas of what I wanted, TAKA-san immediately knew what I was going for and promptly provided me with several options. His advises on each of the properties were really helpful and his support along the way was invaluable. Now I live in a very nice aparment, in a great area, with all my needs satisfied, and all this is beacuse I had the support of TAKA-San and all the people at Hikari Home.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Muriel from Belgium

I am thankful to Hikari Home and to TAKA-san in particular. He spent a lot of time with me to search among the list of available apartments to help me find the good one!
He was also showing understanding regarding to my situation. Searching apartment and making the contract would not have been that easy without him !
Thank you TAKA-san and Hikari Home!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011





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Keleih from USA

TAKA-san at Hikari Homes did an amazing job of finding me an apartment
that fit all of my needs. He thoroughly searched the listings based on my
criteria and called each apartment agent to negotiate them allowing
foreigners. TAKA-san did such a good job, that I found the perfect
apartment on only our second meeting. I have been living at my new apartment
for about two months and could not be happier. I love it!
Thank you TAKA-san and Hikari Homes!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dobromir from UK

I'd used a few different agents to find an apartment in Tokyo, but
none of them were as helpful as Hikari. TAKA-san went out of his way
to find a place that was perfect, and he was always available to
answer questions and deal with any problems. I'd recommend him without

Sunday, February 6, 2011



Thursday, February 3, 2011

Andrew from Australia

Even after living in Japan for 4 years I knew that dealing with Japanese real estate agents could be a potential nightmare if I tried to stumble through it with my only passable Nihongo. Kaz Harada at Hikari Tokyo Apartments was the perfect solution. He was able to liaise with Japanese owners and ask that awkward question "Are foreigners ok?" with a delicacy that other real-estate agents lack.
I also had some pretty specific requirements for the kind of apartment I was looking for and Kaz was able to show me several close to perfect matches before I settled on a place I was very happy with. He went out of his way to accommodate my odd working schedule and was kind enough to arrange viewings when it was convenient to me, even if it meant he had to work back quite late. I highly recommend Kaz to anyone who needs a helping hand settling into a new place in Tokyo.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Jiyang from Korea

I truly couldn't have asked for a better agent and real estate Company!!! I found Hikari Homes online and soon after inquiring about an apartment I was interested in, Kaz-san contacted me in a VERY timely fashion. My apartment search was narrowed down to my specifics/likings and Kaz-san patiently listened and found apartments that suited my needs. During the visits to the apartments Kaz-san answered all the questions I had and most importantly (at least to me) made me feel comfortable about the whole apartment hunting process. Not only did I find Kaz-san to be a terrific agent, he is a very friendly, warm and a funny man! :) Kaz-san's generous work-attitude extended beyond after I settled in into my new apartment and asked if everything was going well/smoothly for me in my new home. I truly recommend foreigners new or old in Japan as well as Japanese nationals to go through Hikari Homes when looking for an partment in Japan! All I can say now is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Diana from Ireland

My experience with Hikari Homes and particularly Kaz has been excellent. The entire process from the initial meeting, the viewings, the signing and the after care has been professional throughout. Kaz ensured he fully understood what I really wanted and made looking for a new home in Tokyo an overall enjoyable experience. I would have no problem at all recommending him to others.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Sarah from Australia

Kaz-san was extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with. As a foreigner starting my new life in Japan, it was difficult to understand the process of renting an apartment. Kaz was able to explain everything to me, and help me find my perfect apartment. Kaz provided a wide selection of apartments to choose from, and was always available to take me to the different places, and answer any questions I had. Kaz also helped negotiate the price of my apartment, which I was very greatful for. I would highly recommend Hikari Homes to anyone wanting to live in Japan.