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 U-Shaped Sanctuary in Japan Wraps Around an Atrium
A U-Shaped Sanctuary in Japan Wraps Around an Atrium
In Kishiwada in Southern Osaka, this serene abode directs views toward rice fields and the woods beyond.
By Jen Woo - 2 months ago
This Japanese Home Has a Sunken Interior That Blends Into the Earth
This Japanese Home Has a Sunken Interior That Blends Into the Earth
The Pit House in Japan has smooth, rounded walls and a subterranean kitchen and living area.
 - a month ago
Budget Breakdown: A Tired ‘80s Home in Japan Gets a Bright Remodel For $164K
Budget Breakdown: A Tired ‘80s Home in Japan Gets a Bright Remodel For $164K
Additional windows and open shelving help Suita House in Osaka feel airy and modern.
 - 3 months ago
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.
 - 5 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.
 - 6 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.
 - 6 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.
 - 7 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.
 - 7 months ago
Before & After: An Old Japanese Farmhouse Gets a Modern Facelift
Before & After: An Old Japanese Farmhouse Gets a Modern Facelift
Once tied to a rice plantation, the renovated Shimotoyama House in Japan becomes a bright family home thanks to ALTS Design Office.
 - 7 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.
 - 9 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.
 - a year 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.
 - a year 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.
 - 2 years 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.
 - 2 years 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...
 - 2 years 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...
 - 8 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