Japan International Property Awards (JIPA) showcases Southeast Asia’s best developments from residential to commercial, recognizing top regional developers and their flagship projects that passed the rigid Japanese standards of development excellence.

Nominees hail mostly from Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia, with other nominations from Maldives, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam. From a pool of nominees, a select board of judges will choose three nominees maximum for each category:

  • Most Iconic Development
  • Best High-Rise Residential Development
  • Best Family-Friendly Development
  • Best Township
  • Best Resort Home Development
  • Best Green Feature Development
  • Best Hotel Suite Development
  • Best Luxury High-Rise Development

Finalists for the Japan International Property Awards attend the awards night and gala for the announcement of winners, where they not just celebrate their milestone, but also network with fellow developers, brokerages, investors, and media.

As Japan’s prime property awards, winners also get public relations mileage through press releases with the Japanese press. Also, winners get to use the awards logo and banner for their own marketing purposes.


The inaugural Japan International Property Awards (JIPA), hosted by the Japanese real estate marketplace, was held in the posh Andaz Hotel Toranomon Hills, Minato-ku, Tokyo last November 14, 2018, attended by 120 invited guests from across Japan, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

JIPA 2018 gathered 29 entries from Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, Indonesia, Cambodia, and the Philippines, with 10 winners feted during the awards night.

The inaugural winners were Arya Residences of Arthaland (Philippines) for Best Green Feature Development, Crossroads by Singha Estates (Maldives) for Best Waterfront Development, M101 Skywheel by M101 Holdings (Malaysia), Park Central by Ayala Land (Philippines) for Best Luxury High Rise Condominium, Sheraton Phuket by Apex Development (Thailand) for Best Resort Home Development, and Crosswinds by Vista Land (Philippines) for Best Family-Friendly Development.

Two entries from Malaysia and Thailand got two awards each, namely Ascott Star Residences by Alpine Return (Malaysia) for Best High-Rise Condominium and Best Hotel Suite Development, and Whizdom 101 by MQDC (Thailand) for Best Mixed Integrated Development and Best Township Development. Meanwhile, Ortigas & Company (Philippines) was recognized with an Award for Excellence as Southeast Asia’s Fastest Growing Real Estate Company.

Miss International Japan 2017 Natsuki Tsutsui and PropertyAccess Philippines Managing Director Michael Needham graced the occasion. CEO Hiroki Kazato, co-founder and CP&RO Sheila Baylon, and Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa also attended the event.

Nominations and awards

Do you know a development project in your area or company that you think is worthy of representing your country at the Japan International Property Awards (JIPA)? Start by sending the following information to

  1. Company name
  2. Participating award/s
  3. Nominated development/s
  4. Nominated development’s website

A select and independent board of judges, which includes industry professionals, screens the JIPA nominations to choose up to three finalists per category. They will use weighted marks for responses to criteria/guidelines set out in each category to select the winners.

During the judging session, finalists are required to send a representative, preferably from the senior management of the participating developer, to attend and present the development to the panel of judges.

The judges’ score constitutes 80% of the final score, while 20% will come from public voting at the JIPA website.

JIPA Methodology and Judges Guidelines

Statement from the CEO

PropertyAccess is a Japanese and Singaporean company with offices in Malaysia, Philippines (and soon to be incorporated in Thailand). The company’s primary purpose is to enhance and revitalise real estate transactions between Japan and overseas properties.

We have organized the Japan International Property Awards (JIPA) 2018 and the International Property & Investment Conference held in Osaka last May 2018 and Tokyo last November 2018. We are planning for JIPA once again this year.

JIPA will invite Japanese experts as judges and award exceptional overseas real estate developments from the Japanese perspective.

Participating countries include the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, UK, among others.

We appreciate your participation by all means.

PropertyAccess CEO, Hiroki Kazato (2024)