Japanese Homes

Modern homes of Japan. From the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto to the rural countryside, you'll find great examples of Japanese modernism, architecture and design. In many cities, space is limited. These Japanese homes feature innovative storage options, tiny gardens and modern design. You'll find shoji screen and Japanese soaking tubs, hot tubs here too.

A Dirt Floor Snakes Through This Spectacular Japanese House
A Dirt Floor Snakes Through This Spectacular Japanese House
Putting a spin on the traditional Japanese doma, a dirt floor extends throughout this home, forging an ever-changing indoor/outdoor connection.
By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo - 2 months ago
This Futuristic Japanese Building Is Not Your Everyday Tree House
This Futuristic Japanese Building Is Not Your Everyday Tree House
Inspired by the form of trees, an architect breaks the mold of typical, cuboid, multi-level structures.
 - 3 months ago
This Dreamy Japanese Abode Is Part Greenhouse
This Dreamy Japanese Abode Is Part Greenhouse
In the city of Maebashi in Japan’s Gunma Prefecture, an extraordinary home features a solarium for the owner's plants.
 - 3 months ago
This Whimsical Home in Japan Encourages Play and Exploration
This Whimsical Home in Japan Encourages Play and Exploration
Exposed wooden trusses and polycarbonate walls are just some of the features of this playful, Kobe residence.
 - 4 months ago
Playful Platforms Revamp This Japanese Lake House Into a Fun, Five-Story Retreat
Playful Platforms Revamp This Japanese Lake House Into a Fun, Five-Story Retreat
On the shore of Japan's Lake Nojiri, interrelated levels are cleverly used to create a multi-story home.
 - 4 months ago
Before and After: An Old Japanese Farmhouse Gets a Modern Facelift
Before and After: An Old Japanese Farmhouse Gets a Modern Facelift
Once tied to a rice plantation, a renovated farmhouse in Ritto becomes a bright family home.
 - 4 months ago
13 Spiraling Platforms Increase Space and Connection in This One-Room Home
13 Spiraling Platforms Increase Space and Connection in This One-Room Home
In Osaka, Japan, a family's request for closeness is answered with this unique single-room design.
 - 6 months ago
A Super-Insulated Home in Japan Brings Comfort to an Elderly Couple
A Super-Insulated Home in Japan Brings Comfort to an Elderly Couple
This retreat in Ehime in northwestern Shikoku belongs to an aging husband and wife who don't see eye-to-eye on air conditioning.
 - 9 months ago
10 Striking Homes Featuring the Japanese Art of Shou Sugi Ban
10 Striking Homes Featuring the Japanese Art of Shou Sugi Ban
Shou sugi ban—meaning "burnt cedar board" in Japanese—is a type of charred cedar named for the centuries-old technique of preserving wood through fire.
 - a year ago
8 Japanese-Inspired Spaces We Love
8 Japanese-Inspired Spaces We Love
The small archipelago in the Pacific Ocean has had a big influence on architects and designers across the globe, from São Paulo to the Czech Republic.
 - 10 months ago
6 Tiny Outdoor Pavilions Inspired by Japanese Tearooms
6 Tiny Outdoor Pavilions Inspired by Japanese Tearooms
A "chashitsu," which literally means “tearoom” in Japanese, is a freestanding, pavilion-like structure that was used for tea ceremonies, contemplation, and meditation in ancient...
 - a year ago
A Concrete Micro-House in Japan Works All the Angles
A Concrete Micro-House in Japan Works All the Angles
Built with specially-formulated concrete made of volcanic ash, this micro-house in Tokyo maximizes space through vertical construction.
 - a year ago
Stay in a Historic Japanese Townhouse in Kyoto That Was Saved From Ruin
Stay in a Historic Japanese Townhouse in Kyoto That Was Saved From Ruin
In order to save a Meiji-period machiya in Kyoto's Higashiyama District, four friends pooled together their resources and had the two-level townhouse renovated and transformed...
 - a year ago
A Minimalist Townhouse Provides Serene Accommodations in Historic Kyoto
A Minimalist Townhouse Provides Serene Accommodations in Historic Kyoto
Located in the 1,200-year-old historic center of Kyoto, Japan, and surrounded by green hills, Nichinichi Townhouse is a holiday home that combines traditional Japanese...
 - a year ago
The Community-Run Cedar House by Airbnb and Go Hasegawa Welcomes Guests in Rural Japan
The Community-Run Cedar House by Airbnb and Go Hasegawa Welcomes Guests in Rural Japan
Now available to book through Airbnb, Yoshino Cedar House serves as a shared space for the rural community of Yoshino, Japan, and its visitors.
 - a year ago
A Surprise Hides in this Tokyo Parking Garage
A Surprise Hides in this Tokyo Parking Garage
An 800-car parking structure is transformed into a subterranean shopping experience in a Tokyo fashion icon's latest venture.
 - 2 years ago
Follow Us to 10 Modern Homes in Tokyo
Follow Us to 10 Modern Homes in Tokyo
A cosmopolitan design mecca with a distinctive urban vibe—Tokyo is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world and home to upwards of 37.8 million people.
 - 2 years ago
10 Ultra-Modern Homes in Japan
10 Ultra-Modern Homes in Japan
Japanese culture is said to share a close and harmonious relationship with nature.
 - 2 years ago
Take a Tour of Kengo Kuma’s Expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden
Take a Tour of Kengo Kuma’s Expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden
It’s not surprising that Japanese architect Kengo Kuma's first public commission in the U.S. is unmistakably Japanese.
 - a year ago
Architect Spotlight: 12 Works by Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma
Architect Spotlight: 12 Works by Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma
Having recently completed his first U.S. public commission in Portland—and with the stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo underway—prolific and versatile Japanese architect Kengo...
 - a year ago
SAS by TANK
SAS by TANK
SAS is a minimal concrete building located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by TANK.
 - 2 years ago
Shift House by Kino Architects
Shift House by Kino Architects
Shift House is a minimal residence located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Kino Architects.
 - 2 years ago
The Home That Glows in the Dark
The Home That Glows in the Dark
A luminescent house brightens a block in Hiroshima, Japan.
 - 5 years ago
Modern Ikebana
Modern Ikebana
Jaime Hayon's new vessel for Fritz Hansen reimagines an ancient flower-arranging technique.
 - 2 years ago
A Platform for Living
A Platform for Living
Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat, two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo, is “an arresting concept,” photographer Dean Kaufman says, who documented the singular...
 - 7 years ago
The Skyward House
The Skyward House
Dwelling in a tiny Tokyo apartment for decades, the school teacher had dreamed of a vegetable and flower garden with a little house—but never of the inspiring minimalist home she...
 - 2 years ago
Family Style
Family Style
When a Japanese couple asked architects Takaharu and Yui Tezuka to design a small home that would evoke the Italian love of food, informal gatherings, and natural settings, the...
 - 10 years ago
A Piece of Home
A Piece of Home
Made of hardy Scottish materials and holding a Japanese heart, this Edinburgh house shows that two architects from disparate cultures can design a home that bridges the gap.
 - 7 years ago
Hide and Sleep
Hide and Sleep
With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder.
 - 8 years ago