Monday, December 30, 2019

Lisa from Germany

I worked with Kaz and Hikari before and I am very happy we found a place when I moved to Japan in 2017 permanently. He easily understood what I was looking for and helped me finding the right apartment within no time. Also when I was moving out, he still helped me with the process. I happily recommened his services to some of my friends.

Martin from France

Kaz did a great job in helping us find our new apartment. Not only was he efficient and dedicated, but he was also really understanding and gave us invaluable advice when we needed it. I would definitely recommend him to anybody looking for a bilingual agent in Tokyo. To cap it all, he is just a really nice person to be around and it was a real pleasure working with him.

Mark & Debbie from UK

In 2017 Kaz helped us to find the perfect place, he understood fully our needs and provided many suitable options, unlike some other agents we asked. He helped us through the whole contracting process for our perfect home.
Throughout our 3 year stay in Japan he was always helpful, providing information and acting as a go-between for us and our landlord. He helped us through our contract renewal and also with the moving out process.
He was always thoughtful, patient, professional and responsive; above and beyond what I would have expected from an agent, and we felt very lucky to have worked with him.

If you are ever looking for somewhere to live in Tokyo, Kaz and Hikari Homes should be at the very top of your list.

Lex from Australia

Kaz was easy to communicate with and very responsive! Thanks for helping us find our new home Kaz!

Wesley from Australia

Kaz was extremely helpful, and personable. Genuinely cares about his clients and helped us all the way thru moving apartments including things like transferring our water/Gas/electric contracts from our old apartment. Also very helpful for non-Japanese speakers. I strongly recommend Kaz to anyone looking for a place to live in the Tokyo area

Dean & Riho from UK

We tried several different agents before we stumbled upon Kaz, and we are so glad we found him. Being an international couple, he took the time to explain everything in both Japanese and English, which made the somewhat complex Japanese rental system seem effortless. He understood our needs and worked tirelessly until he found us our perfect home. We would recommend his services to anyone looking for a rental apartment in Tokyo. Not only is he amazing at his job, but he’s also an extremely kind and patient person.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Sean from Australia

Have used the services of this company 4 times. Very satisfied each time. Unfortunately, dealing with Japanese landlords and real estate companies can be a headache for non-Japanese prospective tenants. Hikari Home will help you find an apartment and then handle negotiation with the owner for a reasonable rate. Well worth it to avoid the headache.

Eric from US

I highly recommend going solely through Kaz when you look for an apartment whether you are a foreigner or Japanese. Other agencies are so slow and all they do is try to invite you to their office. With Kaz, everything was so efficient. He only showed me relevant places according to my specifications and always responded by email within minutes. I was even able to send him any link I found online of any place and he would instantly tell me if it was available and how much the move in cost will be. Highly recommend making Hikari Home your one stop shop so you dont have to waste time going through multiple agents to find your place.

Sean from US

Kaz knows how to work effectively with both Japanese and foreigners.
He was great at communicating and negotiating the contract details with the owner of the apartment that I rented. He is very fast to respond to emails and phone calls. I recommend him highly for any foreigner that needs help navigating the Tokyo Japan housing market.

Amira from Malaysia

I was looking for a house and was in contact with a couple of agents - Japanese and English speaking, but have met several roadblocks that caused me not to proceed e.g. language barrier, delay in responses, the feeling of being pressured to decide on a house. That's when I stumbled upon the positive reviews here at Hikari Home and decided to pop over for a visit.

After our initial meeting, Kaz was consistent about following up to make sure that we've the documents ready to proceed. Setting up an appointment just a few days prior was possible. He looks up the houses that we've already seen online and keen on viewing and shows the possible properties we can look into through the database in his computer. If a property is likely not going to work out, he clearly advised and communicated why.

We visited a few houses within a day. In the visits, Kaz did not impose his thoughts on the house, rather asked what we thought of it and let us decide for ourselves. We decided on one at the end of the visit.

Kaz knew that we were in a rush. With his help and orchestration, we were signing the contract after less than 10 days of the visit!

TLDR; the communication is seamless, the responses are quick, the whole process is transparent, there is no pressure.

Thank you Kaz and Hikari Homes!

Charlotte from France

a month ago-
I totally recommend working with Kaz. We were looking to move house quickly and Kaz was quick to act; he was very responsive by email and phone and quickly set up appointments to visit places. He understood our strict requirements and worked well with them, honestly telling us if something was going to be challenging, hence helping us to find the best options for us in the current housing market. Kaz also has excellent English which allowed for flawless communication and again sped up the process of finding a place quickly. I would definitely recommend Kaz and his company to friends who are looking for

Dave from UK

Highly recommend working with Kaz to find a new place. We had pretty difficult requirements (must be in a certain area, must be large etc), but Kaz took that in his stride and sent us plenty of options. His communication was incredibly responsive, which was great since we were keen to find a place quickly. He also thinks ahead - so for example, he listed all the documents we should prepare for the application before we needed them, saving us from delays when we found the place we liked. Kaz is very kind and helpful, and speaks superb English.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Chris from Australia

I had been trying to find an apartment for more than 6 months and had already been through 3 other agents before I met Kaz. Within 2 weeks we were moving into a new place.
Kaz was very helpful and understanding throughout the whole process and I would definitely recommend him to anyone.

Keith from US

Extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend Kaz to any of my personal friends, no matter what your level of Japanese is.
He was very patient with my search criteria that changed quite a few times during the search process.

Lexane from France

Kaz is incredibly kind and helpful. He understands perfectly your issues and requests, and gets you to view wonderful apartments all within your requirements. He makes himself available for you whenever you need him and he even takes care of your electricity / water / gas opening ! Perfect service, nice person, don't hesitate to contact him if you need to search for an apartment in Tokyo !

Friday, October 4, 2019

Kris from US

Kaz was extremely helpful, friendly and professional. I was trying to find an apartment in a very short two week period before starting my job in Tokyo and he made it happen! I had been communicating with him for many months before arriving in Japan and he answered all my questions and arranged to meet once I arrived. He advised me on starting a bank account, registering with my ward, and all the other important steps I would need to take to get set up in the city. He definitely takes care of his clients and I would recommend him to anyone looking for an apartment in Tokyo.

Bernardo from US

Kaz helped my family and me find a place in Toyko after relocating here. Even though we had a long list of wants and requirements, Kaz was patient and walked us through the available places. He worked around our schedule to show us the places we liked and in the end negotiated the price we asked for.

Naomi from Australia

Kaz was a pleasure to work with. He has excellent knowledge of all types of properties available in Tokyo. He will cater his searches down to your every need including floor space, price range, layout, location and surrounding facilities. He is super reliable and responds to emails on a daily basis. He showed me many properties when I first arrived in Yoga, Setagaya. Each property he showed me suited my needs and I ended up choosing one of the very first ones he knew I would like! He communicates really well in English, and holds a great conversation also. Thank you so much for your services, Kaz! Highly recommended :)

Monday, September 2, 2019

Masako from Holland

I highly recommend Kaz. He always went the extra mile and made it so much easier.
I found a great apartment thanks to him. I couldn't visit the apartment in person the day of so we skyped! I saw it once I was back in town, signed, and done!
A great moving experience!!

Julianne and Grant from Australia

Finding a rental property with Kaz was a very pleasant experience. He showed us three homes and we immediately chose one we loved. Kaz has been excellent in liaising with the management company to ensure we moved in on our preferred date and also to make sure that all of the necessary renovations were completed. We have enjoyed our experience with Kaz and we highly recommend his services.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Serrin from Australia

Kaz is a truly talented housing agent. I was extremely happy with his expertise, kindness, knowledge and communication skills. I would HIGHLY recommend his services for anyone looking for an extremely good agent. He took into consideration all of needs and was able to recommend the best apartments for what I was looking for. Not only this, but even after I had moved in and had questions, he was still extremely helpful and followed up on all of my queries. Thank you Kaz!

Katie from US

Kaz was such a great realtor! He made a potentially stressful transition to Tokyo very comfortable and easy. He was proactive in searching for places before I was in Japan and flexible when I changed my mind about what kind of apartment I was looking for. He was sensitive to all the various aspects of finding a good location in within my budget, quick to file the paperwork once I had decided on a place, and even checked to make sure I was settling in well. I would highly recommend anyone looking to move to the Tokyo area to give Kaz a call. 10 out of 10!

Michael and Athena from New Zealand

Mr Harada was really great and we are happy in our new place. He was knowledgable about the entire process and the areas we were interested. He was more than happy to cater to our specific needs. We would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.

Manuel from France

Despite the difficulties linked to my case as a foreigner and in a difficult period to find available apartments (close to Obon, little turnover) Kaz hanged on and he ended by finding a place that fit with all my requests and whims. He speaks perfectly english, what helps a lot with the owner and he still does after-sales service by offering to remain the interface between the tenant and the landlord. Very helpful, I am very grateful to him.

Thomas from US

Kaz was very helpful even when I was very picky about what I wanted. Responses were quick and as up to date as possible within Tokyo. Thanks again!

Bernard from UK

Great service and quick to respond. Highly recommend!

Peiyi Wu from US

Kaz has found us a great apartment in a great location that met our needs. He was efficient and always responded very quickly. We were lucky to meet him and set up our new home with him!

Riccardo from Spain

Hikari service was great. Kaz Harada knows how to work in this field and it’s phenomenal on dealing with clients needs and requests.
I will introduce him to anyone who is looking for a new apartment in Tokyo.

Shantelle from Canada

Harada-San is a very effective communicator; it was comforting to have someone who was so quick to respond and willing to translate and explain things for me. He was in touch with me before I arrived in Tokyo so that he could guage what I wanted, and when we went out to look at apartments I found one in the first day! I was very happy with the service and kindness that Harada-San showed me.

Jeff from Australia

I had a very smooth move-in with the help of Kaz. Really appreciate it!

Dan and Katie from UK

We were introduced to Kaz through a colleague who also used his services when searching for an apartment. We found Kaz to be very attentive to our needs, quick to respond to any queries and all-round very easy to deal with.

He takes the time to fully understand your requirements and highlights all suitable properties on the database. Very efficient. Would highly recommend his services to anybody looking for an apartment in Tokyo.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Terry from Australia

We always enjoy talking to Kaz about a change in accommodation - he is quick, smart, empathizes with your needs, and delivers exactly what you want. You needn't look any further than Harada-san.

Allison from Australia

Kaz helped me find my new home in Tokyo and worked seamlessly with my employer to get everything sorted, from fine tuning the details, organizing the contracts and setting up the utilities through to collection of keys. I love my new place!

Ana from Spain

Kaz is great and so supportive - he found me a perfect apartment in no time!

Peter from US

Kaz found me a good apartment. His English is great and I recommend him if you're struggling with all of the Japanese agencies.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Georgia from Australia

I am so grateful to have found Kaz!

1) His english is perfect;
2) He managed my expectations (important as a foreigner because many owners wont rent to foreigners) and guided me throughout the entire rental process;
3) He was extremely responsive; and
4) He found me the PERFECT apartment!

I could not recommend Kaz more highly!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beatrix from New Zealand

We were very lucky to be introduced to Kaz shortly after arriving in Tokyo. His English is excellent, he took the time to understand our needs, and then showed us the perfect apartment. He assisted us with all the steps of the process including connecting our utilities. We would recommend working with Kaz to anyone looking to rent an apartment in Toky

Marcos from Spain

(Translated by Google) The professionalism of Kaz / Hikari Home has been extraordinary, for me it has been very helpful. I have found the property that fits my needs in a city as overflowing as Tokyo.

La profesionalidad de Kaz/Hikari Home ha sido extraordinaria, para mí ha sido de gran ayuda. He encontrado la propiedad que se ajusta a mis necesidades en una ciudad tan desbordante como es Tokio

Chris from US

Kaz has been absolutely fantastic, helped me with guidance and advice on all kinds of areas, and helped me find the perfect place in the location I was looking for. I highly recommend him.

Ved from India

The process was made extremely simple, Kaz was super friendly and helped me through every step. Highly recommended, especially if you are new to Japan! Extremely happy with my new apartment as well.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Kim from Australia

Kaz san is a professional. This my 1st time living in Japan and I was told by so many people how complicated it can be. Kaz guided me through the entire process clearly and found me a place which ticked all the boxes. Coming from a country where the realestate agents are close to being useless, Kaz san is the polar opposite. He is thorough, great communicator and dedicated. Hire him.

Alden from US

Great service! Kaz was very helpful throughout the process, making my move as a foreigner very easy. The entire process went very quickly and I am thrilled with my new apartment!

Samuel from Netherlands

I seldom post reviews on Google but Hikari Home and especially Kaz Harada deserve one. Harada san has been incredibly helpful and straightforward with his assistance in finding an apartment in Tokyo. I moved two days ago in my new place! Would recommend to any foreigner moving to Tokyo.

Guewen from France

Kaz was really helpful to help me and my partner to find a new apartment.
We only had a small miscommunication regarding some moving fees, however all problems were fixed smoothly.

Remi from Canada

I just went through my second move to Tokyo and Kaz was great to find me an apartment in both times. I definitely recommend his services.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Jone from US

I had a great experience working with Kaz. He helped me find a great apartment and made the process go smoothly.

Maia from the Philippines

Great service! Kaz was efficient, helpful and responsive to my queries. Moving to Tokyo can be a daunting experience for an expat and he helped make it so much easier. If you give him your clear specifications, he wastes no time in organizing the right properties to view. I moved into my flat in the much desired area of Kichijoji within 3 weeks after I saw the flat. I recommend you work with him!

Jonathan from Australia

I’d highly recommend Kaz-san for your Real Estate support needs. I am a repeat client, having engaged him on a couple of occasions to locate rental apartments allowing me to be closer to my place of work. On both occasions he’s been incredibly responsive, patient and attentive to my apartment searching needs, helping locate great properties always.

Elijah from US

I’ve worked with Kaz at Hikari Home twice now to find an apartment. He is experienced and efficient in answering your questions and helping you find a place that meets your needs.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Fred from US

Used this company twice, no problem. Great service! Ask for Harada san thatssieaks English.

Alex from France

The fact that I have been working with Kaz-san three times already for our offices relocation speaks for itself ! He is professional and extremely efficient. His experience in the industry definitely helps you saving time, especially when you have particular requests . Exactly what I was looking for. Not to mention, he is also very friendly and honest making the whole moving thing stress-free. Thanks Kaz !

Nikki from US

Kaz is excellent to work with. He makes sure to get as many details as possible to get your the right options as soon as possible and is always on top of his work. I highly recommend him and his services.

Lance from US

Kaz was great to work with. He was not just friendly, but genuinely engaged. His process for narrowing down choices was efficient and resulted in no wasted time. Highly recommended!

Tim from US

Kaz made the process of finding a new apartment quick and easy even with my unique situation and requirements. I would recommend Hikari Home to anybody looking for a new apartment in Tokyo.

James from UK

This is the second time that Kaz has helped me get an apartment. Again, he found a great place within my budget and location parameters, and made the process as easy as possible. I warmly recommend Kaz to anyone apartment hunting in Tokyo.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Kevin from US

Kaz made finding a place to live in a new country very easy. He helped us tremendously and we're very happy with our new apartment. My local friends were amazed at how quickly we found a place. Thanks, Kaz!

Melvin from Canada

Great experience with Kaz. Out of all the real estate agents I worked with on finding a place to rent, Kaz was the most helpful and quickest to find me exactly what I wanted. Would definitely recommend his services.

Patrick from Canada

Kaz helped me find a great apartment within 3 weeks. Answered any questions I had promptly. If you are a foreigner in Tokyo looking for an apartment, I highly recommend using Hikari Home!

Chris from Germany

And again, Kaz did an outstanding job supporting me and my friends with our search. 5 starts for his service which I will keep using!

Julian from Taiwan

Harada san helped me on finding apartment, twice! That explains how much I trust him. As a foreigner who don't speak Japanese, it is easy to communicate with Harada san. Each time I send mail to him to ask some questions, he always reply me as soon as possible. Rather than ambiguous sentence, you could get REAL answer from Harada-san, I believe that will help you to get usable information on finding apartment.

Lise from France

Kaz was really helpful and reactive in our house search. We are very satisfied with his service for the 2nd time. I would highly recommend Kaz to foreigners arriving or moving in Tokyo.

Fumiaki and Mitsuko


Alan from Canada

Kaz is a very kind, helpful man who listened to our needs when looking for a place. We absolutely love it. Thank you, Kaz.