Kyoto Nijo Castle Machiya

73,900,000 Yen
Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City

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 hotter 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.

Show Foto KK is the seller of this property. For inquiries and information, please contact the Kyoto-based listing agency House Network Co., Ltd. through the property listing page linked below (link will open in a new window):


1932 Traditional Japanese House in Yanaka

SOLD3 Bedrooms + 1.5 Bathrooms
Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

*This house sold in June 2018 and is no longer available*

This is a historic western-style house located in Tokyo’s Shinagawa ward. The exact age of the house is unknown, although it appears to date from the early Showa period (around the 1930s).

This is a traditional Japanese house located in the historic Yanaka district in Tokyo’s Taito ward. The two-stores wood-framed out was possibly built around 1932. In August 1992 it was renovated.

The total floor area is 104.13 sqm (1,120 sq.ft), with the ground floor having a size of 66.94 sqm (720 sq.ft) and the second floor sized at 37.19 sqm (400 sq.ft).

The ground floor has two tatami rooms for the living, both fronting onto an engawa-style veranda, a kitchen/dining room, bedroom and bathroom. The second floor has two tatami rooms, also fronting onto an engawa veranda. The rooms are south-facing to enjoy the sunny side of the house.

Please be aware that there is no available parking space on the land and street parking is not permitted.

The house is just an 8 minute walk from Nippori Station on the JR Yamanote Line and an 8 minute walk from Sendagi Station on the Chiyoda Subway Line. From Sendagi Station you can get to Otemachi Station (near Tokyo Station) in just 8 minutes by train.

2.2 Traditional machiya houses in Kyoto are demolished each day

Two renovated machiya by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio.

Kyoto City is losing its traditional machiya townhouses at an alarming rate, with an average of 2.2 of these symbolic houses demolished each day.

On May 1, Kyoto City announced that approximately 5,600 machiya have been demolished over the past seven years. In 2016, a survey found that there were 40,146 surviving machiya in the city.

Of the surviving machiya, 14.5% are vacant and not occupied by owners or tenants, an increase of 4 points from the previous city survey in 2009. Kyoto City’s vacancy rate across all types of housing was 14% in a 2013 survey.

Town to buy 300-yr old house for 38 million Yen

Matsuzaki Town in Shizuoka’s Izu Peninsula will be purchasing the 300-year old former Yoda Residence for 38.4 million Yen (approx. 337,000 USD). The town’s budget for acquisition and preservation of the property is expected to total 48.7 million Yen, which includes 10 million Yen to acquire the rights to a hot spring source.

The property includes the heritage-listed 300+ year old main house and warehouse. The Yoda family has been a landowner for many generations and found success in the silk industry during the Edo period. At one time the house was the family home of Yoda Benzo (1853-1925), one of Hokkaido’s early pioneers and founding settlers.

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