For Sale: Yoshimura Junzo-designed house in Tokyo

Price: ¥113,200,000 (approx. 1 million USD)

This is a compact urban home designed by Yoshimura Junzo (1907-1997). Yoshimura got his start working at Antonin Raymond’s office before being transferred to Pennsylvania in 1940 for two years. He established his own architectural office after returning in the 1940s. His past clients have included the Rockefeller family and the Imperial Household. Yoshimura is one of Japan’s great modernist architects and his homes are often sought-after by collectors.

FOR SALE: Jun Itami-designed house in Komazawa

Price: ¥148,000,000 (approx. 1.3 million USD)

Fresh on the market is a two-bedroom house designed by renowned Japanese-Korean architect Jun Itami (1937-2011) and built in 1973. It would be ideal for a collector or someone looking for a statement home in Tokyo. This is the first time we have seen one of Itami’s designs for sale. It goes without saying that prominent architect-designed homes in Tokyo are highly sought-after but seldom available. 

Minamiazabu Designer’s House


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SOLD2 Bedrooms + 1 Bathroom + Garage
Minamiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo

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*This house sold in January 2019 and is no longer available*

This is a 4-storey architect-designed concrete house for sale in the prime address of Minamiazabu in Tokyo’s Minato ward. The house was designed by Hitoshi Wakamatsu architect and associates and built in 2011.

The contemporary home features angular glass windows, exposed concrete walls, an open-plan kitchen, and a Japanese tea room. The tea room, which cost over 8 million Yen to fit out, was designed in the style of Juko-in’s celebrated ‘Kanin-seki’ tea room.

Tadao Ando-designed house in Tokyo for sale

Update: No longer available

A contemporary residence designed by famed architect Tadao Ando is currently listed for sale. The 4-bedroom home is located in the trendy Daikanyama neighbourhood and is a 15 minute walk from Shibuya Station.

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando’s designs are notable both in Japan and overseas. Although he has designed a number of houses in the Osaka/Kansai area, there are only a small number of his residences in the Tokyo area. It is very unusual for us to see homes for sale in central Tokyo that have been designed by this caliber of architect, and the opportunity to live in one of Ando’s residences is something afforded to only a small number of people.

The concrete and glass home has a stark and imposing curved exterior finished in Ando’s trademark exposed concrete. The home was designed as part of Ando’s ‘light and shadow’ series of projects carried out in the early 1990s. It was carefully designed and constructed over a three year period between 1991 and 1993.

Introducing our Unique Spaces

For those interested in an architecturally designed property, or something a little older or unusual, we are launching a special section on our site called Unique Spaces.

This is a carefully curated selection of properties currently listed for sale that, in our eyes, are different from the cookie-cutter apartments or homes that make up the majority of the listings in Japan. Some of these one-of-a-kind listings include pre-war homes, modernist masterpieces, and contemporary designs. Some may have been designed by famous architects or may have historical importance. We hope this section of our website will be a place where these properties are appreciated and exhibited, and may attract new owners who want a special place of their own.

Our current selection includes homes by Shigeru Ban and Yoshimura Junzo, as well as apartments designed by Tadao Ando and SANAA.

Due to the various age of these properties, they are in various conditions and some may require repairs and maintenance in order to restore them to their prime. We can introduce our clients to specialist architects and consultants who can assist in restorations and renovations.


Click below to view the current listings:

Unique Spaces


Japan has some of the top architects in the world, yet, based on our experience, the supply of uniquely designed homes listed for re-sale is extremely limited. Such homes rarely change hands and there are very few opportunities to buy. Awareness and appreciation of the value of architect-designed homes is also lost over time and, to our dismay, little attention may be paid to the history of homes by some realtors.