Kyoto Modernist House c1929

200,242,000 Yen

4-Bedrooms + 1 Bathroom
Yamashina-ku, Kyoto City

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This is a historic and iconic modernist house located directly across fro the Biwa Canal in Kyoto City. The house was designed by architect Seigo Motono (1882-1944) and completed in 1929. Motono was one of the early pioneers of modernist architecture in Japan, and designed many buildings in central Kyoto in the 1910s and 1920s.

It was built as the home of Tsuruichi Tsurumaki (1873-1942), the headmaster of what is now the Kyoto Institute of Technology. The 3-storey house was built with concrete blocks in the Nakamura Reinforced Concrete style which was made popular by Mamoru Nakamura in the 1920s. Between 1921 and 1933, 119 buildings of this style were built across Japan.

Although the outside was modernist in design, the interior layout shows influences of Vienna Succession and Art Deco styles. It has four bedrooms, several living spaces, a home office, rooftop terrace, and parking for 3 ~ 5 vehicles. The total house size is 394.41 sqm (4,243 sq ft) and it sits on a 991.73 sqm block of freehold land.

The property is just 30 meters from the Lake Biwa Canal, which was constructed in the 1880s to transport water, freight and passengers from Lake Biwa to Kyoto. It is also 460 meters north-west of the Mausoleum of Emperor Tenji, who reigned from 661 to 671.

In 2007 the house was selected as one of DOCOMOMO Japan’s iconic modernist buildings. In 2014 it was registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property. There are also preparations underway to have it designated as an Important Scenic Building, which could result in the city providing up to 2/3rds of exterior repair costs, for repairs within 10 million Yen.

The building has deteriorated over the years but remains largely in its original condition. From 2011, students from the Kyoto Institute of Technology’s grad school have been conducting repair and restoration work as part of their studies. The building is still in need of repairs.

Address: Transport:
  17-2 Misasagioiwa, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto
  • Misasagi Station – 7 min walk
    (Tozai Line)
  • Kyoto Station – 7.5km
Area Guide:
  • Biwa Canal: 30 meters
  • The Westin Miyako Kyoto: 2.6km
  • Nanzen-ji Temple: 3.1km
  • Daihonzan Hongokuji Temple: 400 meters

Type: 4-Bedroom House & Land
Land size (Registered): 991.73 sqm (Freehold)
House size: 394.41 sqm (4,244 sq ft)
Construction: 3-storey, Reinforced concrete (block-style construction)
Built: 1929
Road: 3.6 ~ 4 meter wide road on west side;
3.6 meter wide road on north side.
Road frontage:
Zoning: Category I Exclusively Low-Rise Residential Zone
Building footprint ratio:
Floor area ratio:
Transaction details:
Status: Vacant
Delivery: To be negotiated
Transaction type: Brokerage
Brokerage fee: 3% + 60,000 Yen + consumption tax, charged to buyer.
*Inspection by advance appointment only.
*Property to be sold in its current ‘as-is’ condition with no warranty to be placed on the structure.
*Land size is registered size and may differ from actual measured size.
*Registered National Cultural Property.
*Interior and exterior requires maintenance and repairs.
Last updated: July 24, 2017. Next update (scheduled): August 7, 2017.

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*Japan Property Central, K.K. is a fully licensed real estate agency. We are able to assist buyers with the purchase of this property or similar ones. Our fees to buyers are 3% + 60,000 Yen + consumption tax.

Transaction type: Brokerage.

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.