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Kyoto’s proposed short-term letting rules to be strictest in country

Kyoto’s proposed short-term letting rules to be strictest in country

On November 30 Kyoto City announced their proposed regulations for Airbnb-style short-term rentals. To provide support for complaints and emergency situations, hosts may be required to have a full-time manager stationed in an office within an 800 meter radius of the property. Hosts may also be required to submit a written oath to the city…

Kyoto’s most expensive rental apartments to open in 2018

Kyoto’s most expensive rental apartments to open in 2018

Kyoto’s most expensive rental apartment building is scheduled open in May 2018. The 5-storey La Tour Kyoto Higashiyama residence is being developed by Sumitomo Realty in the Higashiyama ward. It will be part of Sumitomo’s ‘La Tour’ brand of high-end rental apartments. The developer currently operates 20 La Tour buildings in central Tokyo, but this…

Lingerie company to start Kyoto machiya accommodation business

Lingerie company to start Kyoto machiya accommodation business

On May 30, Japanese lingerie company Wacoal Holdings announced that they will be starting an accommodation business that will feature Kyoto’s traditional machiya residences. From early 2018 onwards, the company plans to renovate old machiya into hotel-like guesthouses targeting tourists, with two or three machiya to open next year. Their goal is to manage 50 machiya over…

2.2 Traditional machiya houses in Kyoto are demolished each day

2.2 Traditional machiya houses in Kyoto are demolished each day

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…

First heritage de-listing for Kyoto City as 90-yr old bookstore is about to be demolished

First heritage de-listing for Kyoto City as 90-yr old bookstore is about to be demolished

Demolition of the 90-year old Heirakuji Bookstore in downtown Kyoto will begin this month as the owner can no longer afford to maintain the aging building. The building was registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property in 1998. The heritage listing will be removed due to the demolition of the structure. This is the first…

For Sale: Heritage-listed modernist house in Kyoto, c1929

For Sale: Heritage-listed modernist house in Kyoto, c1929

Price: 200,242,000 Yen (approx. 1.8 million USD) A historic modernist house located across from the Biwa Canal in Kyoto is for sale. The house was designed by architect Seigo Motono (1882-1944) and completed in 1929. This was originally built as the home of Tsuruichi Tsurumaki (1873-1942), the headmaster of what is now the Kyoto Institute of…

Kyoto hotel industry boosted by foreign tourists

Kyoto hotel industry boosted by foreign tourists

Hotel revenues and occupancy rates in Kyoto are rising thanks to the recent boom in foreign tourist numbers. Even the typical off-season months in winter and summer are now seeing strong demand for accommodation. According to the Kyoto Convention Bureau, a survey of 34 hotels catering to foreign tourists found that the hotel occupancy rate…

Demolition of philosopher’s home in Kyoto starts this week

Demolition of philosopher’s home in Kyoto starts this week

Demolition of the former home of philosopher Kitaro Nishida (1870-1945) started earlier this week. Nishida, founder of the Kyoto School of philosophy, rented the traditional Japanese house from 1912 ~ 1922. It is 500 meters north-west of Kyoto University, where he was a professor. The 2-storey, wooden house was built in the later part of…

Historic school building in Kyoto to be converted into boutique hotel

Historic school building in Kyoto to be converted into boutique hotel

A 83-year old former elementary school building in Kyoto will be renovated and converted into a luxury, 40-room boutique hotel. On May 20, Kyoto City announced that they will sign a 60-year lease with NTT Urban Development Corporation. NTT will pay an annual rent of 65 million Yen (590,000 USD) for the building and land.

Local group wants to curb speculative investment in Kyoto apartments

Local group wants to curb speculative investment in Kyoto apartments

A citizen’s group in Kyoto is campaigning for the city to introduce regulations to curb the recent speculative buying of apartments in the history city. On January 22, the Kyoto Community Development Citizen Association submitted a proposal to Kyoto City’s Town Planning Department seeking counter-measures against an overwhelming increase in real estate prices.

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