Buying a Condo in Japan: Remodeling

This is a bonus post in my five part series “Buying a Condo in Japan.” Check out parts one, two, three, four, and five.

Our condo unit offered a few-add on options such as a bigger bathtub, wider counter-tops, dishwasher installation, and a few other features that would enhance the unit. We decided to install an internal dishwasher.  The dishwasher and installation would cost 600,000 yen ($6,000) which was quite expensive for us. Dishwashers are not common in Japan and the must common types are small external dishwashers that sit on the counter-top. We debated between getting a much cheaper dishwasher from an electronics store or getting the condo add-on. In the end we went with the condo add- on because it it would have the same wood paneling as the rest of the kitchen (which would make the kitchen and condo unit easier to sell in Japan) and it would be internally installed so we would have more counter space.


Our dishwasher


It’s quite small compared to American dishwashers (about half the size). Its about as long as two of my hands.


We also bought and installed drawers, a counter- top, and shelving unit from IKEA.


Our drawers and counter-top from IKEA.


IKEA installed everything. It was a bit too difficult for us to do on our own.

With that our home was complete!


Want to take a quick look around my condo? Check out these posts here:

My Entryway

The Porch

The Bathroom

The Bedroom




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