For Sale: 5 traditional Japanese homes in Kamakura

Let’s take a look at several traditional Japanese homes currently listed for sale in Kamakura. This popular beachside city is just 48 minutes by train from central Tokyo and 25 minutes from Yokohama, making it relatively commutable for city workers. It’s also an appealing destination for weekend visitors and holiday-home owners.

The pace is decidedly laid back, with lush green mountainside, sandy beaches and surf, traditional streetscapes, temples, shrines, and the 700+-year-old Great Buddha. 

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Tsukiji machiya demolished

The traditional machiya-style townhouse in Tsukiji we featured back in February 2019 when it was listed for sale, has, sadly, been demolished. It will be replaced with a 5-story hotel covering the adjoining vacant lots. Completion is scheduled for February 2021.

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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.

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