Shanghai 0.6% lower
China's benchmark index fell on profit taking but managed to close above the 2,220 level after losing as much as 1.4 percent earlier in the session to hit a one-week low.
Property stocks were sold off after the official China Securities Journal said that the government is organizing a new round of training next month to prepare tax officials to introduce property taxes.China Merchants Property and Poly Real Estate fell over 3 percent each.
Banking stocks were also lower with China Construction Bank and Agricultural Bank of China down 1.5 percent each after an editorial in the China Securities Journal said that financial reforms will be a priority at a policy meeting later this year.
Japan's benchmark index resumed trade on a weaker note after being shut for a long weekend as the yen strengthened to the 98 handle against the U.S dollar.
Real-estate developers weighed on the index with Tokyo Tatemono and Tokyu Land lower by nearly 4 percent each. Automakers also dropped; Hino Motors and Isuzu Motors fell 3 percent each.
But Apple suppliers outperformed after the tech giant announced that sales for its new iPhone had set a record. Daishinku rallied 2 percent while Murata Manufacturing rose 1.5 percent.