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.

Kyoto hotels outperform Osaka in 2018

In 2018, the Kansai area was struck by an earthquake in June and typhoon Jebi in September. Although the effects of these two events had very little impact on Kyoto’s tourism industry, they did affect Osaka which saw a drop in visitor arrivals from other Asian countries. STR’s Global Hotel Study for 2018 reported a 7.7% drop in the room revenue index for Osaka, while Kyoto saw a milder 0.2% decrease. 

Given that these two cities are only 13 minutes apart by bullet train, why did Kyoto perform better than neighboring Osaka?

Kyoto Nijo Castle Machiya

¥49,000,000

(Approx. 457,000 USD)

House & Land | 1 Bedroom + 1 Bathroom
Nakanocho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City


ABOUT

This is a fully renovated traditional ‘machiya’ townhouse in central Kyoto City. The home has been completely renovated, with a new concrete slab foundation, natural Japanese ash hardwood floors, all new plumbing and electrical, kitchen with 3-burner gas cooktop and grill, TOTO electric toilet, system bath, Japanese tsubo-niwa garden, new windows and drywall, new siding on end of house.

To make the home as comfortable as possible in the warmer and colder months, there is full floor heating in the ground floor living/dining/kitchen and powder room, air-conditioners/heaters on the 1st (1 unit) and 2nd (2 units) floors, double-glazed windows, and insulation in the ceiling and walls.

This house is one of 10 terraces, with five on the northern side of the laneway and five on the southern side. It is at the end of the terrace and shares a party wall with one neighbor on the eastern side. According to tax records obtained from the Kyoto City Tax Office, the terraces were built around 1902, making them 116 years old.

The location is great for someone looking for a weekender, with Nijo Castle just down the street and the popular Sanjo Street a 15 minute walk. A 15 minute walk to the East will take you to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Continue walking another 10 minutes and you will find yourself at Kamo River, just upstream from the Ritz-Carlton. From Kyoto Station, it is about a 15 ~ 20 minute ride by taxi. For public transport options, it is a 9 minute walk to Nijojo-mae Station on the Tozai Subway Line.

There is currently one licensed machiya ryokan operating in the laneway, with another two of the terraces currently in the process of being renovated and converted into licensed ryokans.

The house is located alongside a 1.6 meter wide laneway with no car access. Due to the width of the laneway, the house cannot be rebuilt. The land is zoned as Category I Residential.

Show Foto KK is the seller of this property. For inquiries and information, please contact your choice of the following Kyoto-based listing agencies:

LOCATION

519-32 Nakanocho (Inokumadori), Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City

Nijo-jo Mae Station – 9 min walk
(Tozai Subway Line)

Marutamachi Station – 13 min walk
(Karasuma Subway Line)


Area guide:

  • Nijo Castle entrance: 550 meters
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace: 1350 meters
  • Kamo River: 2,000 meters
  • Sanjo Dori Street: 1,000 meters
  • Shinsen-en: 1,000 meters
  • Clamp Coffee Sarasa: 1,100 meters
  • Izumiya Supermarket: 250 meters
  • Family Mart Convenience Store: 150 meters

FLOOR PLAN

DETAILS

Type:1-Bedroom House & Land
Built:Unknown
Construction:2-storey, wood frame
Land size (registered):59.65 sqm (642 sq.ft)
House size (registered):52.88 sqm (569 sq.ft)
Setback:
Land rights:Freehold
Road:1.6 meter wide laneway on north side
Road frontage:Approx. 5.1 meters
Zoning:Category I Residential Zone
Building footprint ratio:60%
Building floor-area ratio:200% (may be lower due to road width)
Status:Vacant
Delivery:To be negotiated
*Actual sizes may differ from registered sizes.
*Reconstruction not possible due to insuffience road frontage.

SELLER:JAPAN PROPERTY CENTRAL, K.K.
LAST UPDATED:June 25, 2019.
NEXT UPDATE (SCHEDULED):July 9, 2019.

MAKE AN INQUIRY

Show Foto, K.K. is the seller of this property. For inquiries and information, please contact your choice of the following Kyoto-based listing agencies:


Disclaimer:

All information contained herein is gathered from sources we believe to be reliable. However we cannot guarantee its accuracy and interested persons should rely on their own enquiries.

All care has been taken in preparing this floor plan, however the accuracy is not guaranteed and no liability will be accepted for any reliance placed upon it. In the event of any conflict between the floor plan and actual conditions, the latter shall prevail. Dimensions are approximate.

*Price is in Japanese Yen. USD conversion is provided as a general guide only and is subject to change based on exchange-rate fluctuations. Rate of 110.74 Yen as at Feb. 21, 2019.

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