Traditional thatched-roof teahouse from historic ryokan


House & Land |  House: 157.24 sqm (1,692 sq.ft)
Fujisawa, Kanagawa

The ryokan before the 1923 earthquake

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This is a detached cottage (hanare) of the historic Ryokan Azumaya inn. The traditional Japanese inn was located here between 1897 and 1939. It was well-loved by Japan’s literati. This is said to be one of the ryokan’s original surviving pavilions – the only one with a thatched roof. 

Kugenuma-kaigan was originally a fishing ground for beach seine fishing. In 1886,  the opening of a swimming area saw it quickly turn into a popular beach resort. 

Shoko Ito, from a samurai family, was a central figure in developing the Kugenuma area into holiday villas. In fact, this was said to have been Japan’s first large-scale holiday home subdivision. In 1897, Ito opened the Ryokan Azumaya on the site of a former holiday rental manor, hiring Ei Hasegawa as the manager/proprietress. The ryokan covered two hectares, overlooking a large pond and boats. It started with 14 guest rooms. Over the years, other buildings were added including a separate annex with 10 rooms, and five pavilions. 

Towards the late 1800s, other areas in the Shonan region became known for providing rest and respite for tuberculosis patients, with specialized hospitals opening up in Kamakura, Chigasaki, and Hiratsuka. Local residents in Fujisawa, however, were strongly opposed to the opening of any tuberculosis treatment centers. As a result, this ryokan served as a health retreat. The most notable patient was author Ryokuu Saito, who spent a year at the ryokan attempting to treat his tuberculosis. Other patients included writer and anarchist Sakae Osugi, and poet Hatsuo Kitamura who succumbed to the disease at the ryokan in 1922. 

On September 1, 1923, the ryokan was destroyed by the Great Kanto earthquake, while the pond was flooded by the resulting tsunami. The inn was rebuilt and reopened in 1924 with a 10-room main building, two detached cottages with 7 rooms, a large banquet room, and billiards and dance hall. The grounds included a smaller pond, two tennis courts, and porte-cochere. A beachside entrance gate was added, with stone paving that still remains today.

The ryokan closed in 1939, a year after the passing of its second proprietress. In 1957 it was sold off in pieces with only a few traces remaining today. 


Kugenuma Kaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture

Kugenuma Kaigan Station – 6 min walk
(JR Shonan-Shinjuku, JR Yokosuka, Enoshima Lines)

  • Shonan Nagisa Tennis Club: 550 meters
  • Shonan Beach: 700 meters
  • Enoshima Bridge: 2,100 meters
  • FamilyMart: 280 meters
  • Sotetsu Rosen Supermarket: 600 meters



Type: House and Land
Built: Unknown (possibly over 71 years ago)
Construction: 2-story, wood frame
Land size (registered): 402.09 sqm (4,326 sq.ft)
House size: 157.24 sqm (1,692 sq.ft)
Land rights: Freehold
Road: 4 meter wide public road on west side
4 meter wide public road on south side
Road frontage:
Zoning: Cat. I Exclusively Low-Rise Residential Zone
Building footprint ratio: 50%
Building floor-area ratio: 80%
Status: Occupied by seller
Delivery: To be negotiated
Transaction type: Brokerage
Brokerage fee: 3% + 60,000 Yen + consumption tax, charged to buyer.
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*On-site car parking.
Last updated: May 17, 2020. Next update (scheduled): May 31, 2020.


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