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 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.
- 3 years ago
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 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...
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.
- 3 years ago
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.
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.
10 Ultra-Modern Homes in Japan
Japanese culture is said to share a close and harmonious relationship with nature.
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.
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...
SAS by TANK
SAS is a minimal concrete building located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by TANK.
Shift House by Kino Architects
Shift House by Kino Architects
Shift House is a minimal residence located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Kino Architects.
- 4 years ago
The Home That Glows in the Dark
A luminescent house brightens a block in Hiroshima, Japan.
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...
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...
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...
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.
Hide and Sleep
With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder.
Pritzker Prize-Winners SANAA Discuss Their Mind-Blowing Design for Grace Farms in Scenic New England
The award-winning Japanese architecture firm celebrates 20 years of practice with a thoughtful Stateside commission.
Residence and Playground by Sota Matsuura Architects
Residence and Playground is a minimal home located in Hyogo, Japan, designed by Sota Matsuura Architects.
Serviced Apartments in Otsuka by Takashi Nishitani Architects
Serviced Apartments in Otsuka is a minimal apartment complex located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Takashi Nishitani Architects.
Sunset House by Kentarou Tomita Architect Office
Sunset House is a minimal home located in Kanagawa, Japan, designed by Kentarou Tomita Architect Office.
Foyer House by Toki Architect Design Office
Foyer House is a minimal residence located in Okayama, Japan, designed by Toki Architect Design Office.
ANGLE by Hiroyuki Arima + Urban Fourth
ANGLE is a minimal residence located in Fukuoka, Japan, designed by Hiroyuki Arima + Urban Fourth.
House with 30,000 Books by Takuro Yamamoto Architects
House with 30,000 Books is a minimal home located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Takuro Yamamoto Architects.
Large Roof Castle by Kenta Eto Atelier
Large Roof Castle is a minimal home created by Japan-based architects Kenta Eto Atelier.
House in Tokyo by Ako Nagao + miCo
House in Tokyo is a minimal residence located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Ako Nagao + miCo.
Shoji Screen House by Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates
Shoji Screen House is a minimal residence located in Osaka, Japan, designed by Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates.
Tidal Wave Residence by Nakasai Architects
Tidal Wave Residence is a minimal home located in Toyama, Japan, designed by Nakasai Architects.
Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe by Schemata Architects
Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe is a minimal cafe located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Schemata Architects.