Many coutrysides in Japan are facing a massive problem of people abandoning their houses and moving to the city. Most rural areas are now almost empty, hence to overcome this problem, homes in rural areas of Japan are now available for buying for a price of as low as $500! These houses are big and quite spacious for a family of even seven people! With many rooms, a garden and beautiful nature around the house, this could be a much needed escape for the busy city life.
“We’ve actually had a few interested foreigners buying akiya (abandoned homes),” said Kenji Nishimaki, emigration and settlement counsellor at Nagano city hall. In the year 2019, about 361,091 Japanese people left the rural area to experience the city life. “It’s both the city and the countryside. There’s a shinkansen (bullet train) that runs through the city, and it takes about an hour and a half to get to Tokyo,” Nishimaki told VICE World News. “We also have beautiful nature.”