Novelist’s house in Kyoto to be demolished

The former Kyoto residence of novelist Naoya Shiga (1883-1971) is in its final preparations for demolition and sale. The 100+ year old home is 1.5 kilometers south of Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion).



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Kyoto hotel guests reach record high in 2018

US-based Travel + Leisure magazine has ranked Kyoto as one of the top 10 World’s Best Cities for the past seven years, so it is no wonder that in 2018 the number of hotel guests in Kyoto reached the highest number in history. The historic city welcomed 15.82 million hotel guests, up 1.6% from 2017 and the second year in a row to exceed 15 million. 

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Moxy Hotel to open near Nijo Castle

Marriott International is planning a Moxy Hotel for the Nijo Castle area in Kyoto City. Construction began in July, with the opening scheduled for 2021. This will be the third Moxy hotel in Japan and the first in Kyoto.

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Shangri-La buys land next to Nijo Castle

Good news coming out of Kyoto last week with word that Shangri-La Group has acquired a large development site on the northern side of Nijo Castle in Kyoto. The 4,700 sqm site is about 100 meters west of our restored machiya townhouse.

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Two new luxury boathouse rentals surface in Ine, Kyoto

Two more traditional boathouses in Ine, Kyoto, have been refurbished into luxury overnight accommodation.

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Rosenka land values increase for 4th year in a row

Kyoto’s Minami-za Kabuki Theatre

The rosenka land values for 2019 were announced by the National Tax Agency on July 1. Nationwide, land values increased by 1.3%. This is the fourth year in a row to record a year-on-year increase. The rate of growth has also expanded, following 0.7% in 2018, 0.4% in 2017 and 0.2% in 2016. This is the first time to see four years of consecutive growth since 1992.

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Kyoto’s office shortage is getting dire

Kyoto’s shortage of office space is becoming critical as vacancy rates drop below 1%. With a booming tourist industry, developers have been focusing on building hotels, leaving very little supply of new offices. 

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150+ year old tea house discovered in Kyoto backyard

Left: A current image of the tea house (via the Kyoto Shimbun). Right: An early photograph of the tea house supplied by Okubo’s great-grandchild.

A tea house that once belonged to Okubo Toshimichi (1830-1878) has narrowly escaped demolition in Kyoto. The owner has temporarily suspended demolition while the tea house is carefully dismantled and stored. Due to its historical significance, Kyoto City is considering potential ways to relocate and reconstruct it.

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Holiday home buyers drawn to Kyoto

Kyoto City is fast becoming a hotspot for out-of-towners buying holiday homes.

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Heritage-listed merchant house in Kyoto up for sale

The heritage-listed Watanabe Residence in Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture, is listed for sale for 25,800,000 Yen (approx. 235,000 USD), leaving locals concerned about its fate. The 150-year old merchant house is registered as a Tangible Cultural Property.

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