Nestled in a town just north of Kyoto is a rare property – a gorgeously renovated thatched-roof house built in the Kyoto Tamba Kogen Quasi-National Park area. This region is famous for its traditional farmhouses but only once in a while does one of them publicly go on sale.
Real Estate Japan is pleased to have the opportunity to introduce this beautiful home to our readers, in partnership with Azuki Partners, a Tokyo-based bilingual real estate consulting firm.
This beautifully restored home has many qualities and amenities that would appeal to those looking for a traditional-style property located near nature and which has been lovingly renovated and updated with modern comforts.
The amazing location coupled with the precise structural renovation and attention to detail in the finishing touches makes this a highly desirable property for those looking for a home or investment property in western Japan that is easily accessible to Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.
For those who love Japanese culture, this is also a rare opportunity to own an important cultural asset, since Japan’s building codes prohibit the rebuilding of old thatched-roof houses. There is only a limited number of traditional thatched homes left in Japan. So buying an existing home has considerable intrinsic value, beyond what can be measured by investment yield alone.
This is a fully renovated traditional-style thatched-roof (kayabuki) house for sale in Nantan-shi, Kyoto.
- Address: Tauta Gonami 21, Miyama-cho, Nathan-shi, Kyoto
- About 36-km north of Kyoto
- About 1-hour ride from Kyoto Station on the Rapid Sonobe San-in line
- About 1-hour and 35-min from Shin Osaka Station via Tokaido-Sanyo shinkansen and San-in line
- Property size: 133.88m²
- Land area: 1269.04m²
- Layout: 3LDK (3 rooms + living room and dining room/kitchen)
- Structure: Wood
- Stories: 1-story
- Land rights: Freehold
- Year built: Unknown
- Listing price: Please inquire with the agent using the form below
A magical location
The property enjoys a truly unique location, between the famed thatched-roof village (Kayabuki no Sato) of Miyama and the old-growth forest of Ashiu.
Miyama’s famous thatched-roof village
For those looking for an investment property, it’s worth noting that the famous thatched-roof village of Miyama is just a 10-minute drive away from the home.
There are about 30 postcard-perfect traditional farm homes clustered in this 200-year old village. It is a popular tourist destination, especially during the biannual Kayabuki no Sato Water Hose Festival, when the town tests its fire fighting system by blasting the thatched roofs with powerful jets of high-arching streams of water!
Miyama has seen even more tourism in recent years, since the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) designated it in 2021 as one of 44 villages in the world selected for their emphasis on SDG-based tourism.
According to the agent, the home can be leased out as a short-term vacation rental to tourists upon obtaining a simple accommodation license.
The home is also a short drive from the Ashiu Forest, the largest old-growth forest in western Japan. It is often described by locals as being magical, due to its age, environment and the fact that it is home to many rare flora and fauna.
In an effort to preserve the forest, special permission is required to enter the area.
A river runs through it
The property is also adjacent to the Yura River, which means that it is just a few minutes walk from the back of the home to the banks of this crystal clear river, where you and your family or guests can enjoy swimming, boating and other water activities.
Top-to-bottom renovation and upgrades
The property you see today is the result of a painstaking renovation that sought to maintain as many of the original elements as possible, while ensuring safety, attention to modern comforts and enhancing livability as a traditional Japanese-style home.
Thatched roof repair
A home for making memories year-round
For those looking for a superbly renovated Japanese-style home in the heart of western Japan, this property scores extremely high marks for location, comfort and balance of Japanese and western aesthetics and livability.
It is also a home that is meant for making memories with family and friends year-round!
For more information
For more information, including the listing price, please fill out the form below to contact Azuki Consulting and a representative will follow up with you.