Kawaguchi Apartments (1964)

Size range: 36.80 ~ 146.85 sqm

This apartment building was built in 1964 by Japanese novelist, playwright and movie producer, Matsutaro Kawaguchi, and one of his quotes is displayed in the building lobby. It was considered one of the most luxurious apartment buildings in Japan for its time and was featured in GQ Japan magazine in 2001 in an article on desirable places to live. In its early years, the residents included many prominent people from the theater and literary world. It is located in the Kasuga 2 Chome area in Bunkyo-ku which was originally a very high-class residential neighborhood.

The apartments were made available for sale to individual buyers, so they occasionally appear for sale. The land is leased from a landowner (possibly the Kawaguchi family) under the old law, so this is not a freehold property. However, because it is leasehold the apartment prices are much lower than similar freehold properties.

The bathrooms have a shower/bath with a sliding glass door which was considered very stylish for its time. Another building with similar western-style bathrooms was the Olympia Annex Building in Harajuku which was formerly a residential apartment building for expatriates but has since been converted to offices (the bathrooms were too difficult to remove so many were left in the offices). The apartments were not designed to have washing machines, so each floor has a laundry room. However, some of the renovated apartments do have space for washing machines.

The Marunouchi Train Line runs along the rear of the property so south-facing apartments will be quite noisy.

It is a 5 minute walk to Tesco Supermarket and 13 minutes to the Tokyo Dome.

Location:

2-22-5 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Korakuen Sta. – 10 mins
Kasuga Sta. – 10 mins
Iidabashi Sta. – 13 mins

Details:

Built: 1964
Construction: 5 Stories
Construction Company: Takenaka Corporation
No. of units: 83
Land ownership: Leasehold

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Floorplans:

5F 1-Bedroom 40.95sqm. 
2F 1-Bedroom (renovated) 55.40sqm. 
4F 2-Bedroom 72.27sqm. 
3-Bedroom 146.85sqm.