Megamiyama (目神山), Nishinomiya’s hidden gem, is an idyllic location for those who want it all—the excitement of city life and the tranquility of country life. Megamiyama is a stone’s throw away from the expansive greenery and hiking trails of Mt. Kabuto Shinrin Park. Yet it is only a 30-minute commute to Takarazuka, Umeda, and Sannomiya. The area is served by the Hankyu train line.
The nearby upscale neighborhoods of Koyoen and Nishinomiya Kitaguchi, which ranked as the best neighborhood in the Kansai in SUUMO’s 2016 survey, offer shopping convenience and a variety of trendy eateries.
Bargain land prices have made Megamiyama a mecca for those interested in building their dream homes here. Local architects are renowned for sustainably designed homes that reflect and mesh with the surrounding natural environment. According to Mr. Ueoka, a principle at Object real estate agency, there has been a recent influx of foreign residents to Megamiyama. They are drawn by the natural beauty of the area and a quality of life that is difficult to find elsewhere. With land prices ranging from JPY100,000 per tsubo (3.3 sqm) to JPY450,000 per tsubo, and with typical plots ranging in size from 300-1200 square meters, asking prices from JPY20-90 million are a tremendous bargain!