Machiya with whispers of shadows (Koyama-Motomachi, Kita Ward)Machiya with whispers of shadows (Koyama-Motomachi, Kita Ward)

Machiya with whispers of shadows_living room

In Praiseof Shadows


"In Praise Of Shadows (陰翳礼讃)" is an essay written by Junichiro Tanizaki, one of the most prominent novelists in modern Japanese literature.
It discusses the artistic sensibility of the Japanese, who lived in a time when there were no electric lights, and their unique appreciation of beauty, where life and nature were intertwined, embodying the essence of refined elegance.

(Original text in Japanese: 陰翳礼讃. (2023 May 28). In Wikipedia.

"In Praise Of Shadows", a work that has been cherished by those involved in architecture and design throughout the ages.

The beauty of shadows has long been considered a part of traditional Japanese aesthetics.
Shadows on walls and beams, silhouettes of trees reflected on shoji screens, and the soft diffusion of light through these screens - all create a gentle and luminous atmosphere throughout the interior space.

The natural light from outside transforms into a soft, indirect illumination, thoughtfully balanced to avoid excessive brightness or darkness, emphasizing the interplay of light and the texture of materials. By taking these mindful approaches, a Kyomachiya space with a serene and harmonious ambiance has been created in this renovation project.

living room

staircase and handrail

The staircase is a masterpiece, crafted by skilled artisans who shaped and bent heated iron to create unique, handcrafted wrought iron railings.

For the approach and entrance step of the front door, we used domestically-sourced "Oya stone", a volcanic stone formed by accumulated volcanic ash from underwater eruptions. Its excellent fire resistance makes it widely used for residential homes and storehouses.
The stone's distinctive black spots and voids, known as "Miso", give it a uniquely gentle and expressive appearance.


The floor plan incorporates ample natural light from the south, creating a sense of openness and connectivity. The design ensures a spacious visual flow, avoiding any feelings of confinement. When windows open, the space allows for excellent ventilation, inviting a refreshing breeze throughout.

Existing beams and pillars have been reused while adding modern amenities such as water plumbing facilities to suit nowadays modern living. (Fully renovated in July 2023)



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Located along the subway Karasuma Line, this property benefits from convenient transportation and a lush environment near the Kamo River embankment (approx. 2 min. walk/150m). Nestled in a tranquil residential neighborhood, it offers a favorable living environment.
This area is also renowned for its rich cultural and educational resources, including the Kyoto Botanical Gardens, Kyoto Institute Library and Archives (Rekisaikan Library), Kyoto Concert Hall, Kyoto Prefectural University, and other cultural facilities.


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Property Price
46,800,000 JPY (Approx. USD *1JPY= USD)
*Sept 11, Under Offer
Type & Conditions
Used House (Kyomachiya)
38 Koyama-Motomachi, Kita Ward, Kyoto
approx. 10 min. walk from Subway Karasuma-line "Kitaoji Sta." Exit 1
approx. 12 min. walk from Subway Karasuma-line "Kitayama Sta." Exit 3
approx. 2 min. walk from Kyoto City Bus "Higashi-Motomachi Stop"
Land Area
【Actual/Measured by Survoyers】approx. 59.34sqm
Private Street Area Included
Floor Area
【Registered】1F: 31.07sqm, 2F: 34.47sqm, Total: 54.54sqm
【Actual/Tape measured】1F: 35.26sqm, 2F: 24.49sqm, Total: 59.75sqm (approx. number/including unregistered area)
Building Structure
Two-Storey Wooden House
Building Date
Unspecifiable (the earliest record in the closed registry is 1932)
2 Rooms + LDK + ext. storage + garden
Adjoining Street
Street width: 4.02m (public road), Frontage: 3.6m, Direction: North (approx. number)
Public Utility
Electricity, Water Plumbing In/Out, City Gas
Land Use District
Category 1 Low-Rise Exclusive Residential District
Legal Restrictions
The minimum size of land area is regulated as 80sqm if divided, 10m / Height Control District, Quasi-Fire Prevent District, Piedmont Building Special Preservation and Improvement District North District, Close View Preservation Zone, Distant View Preservation Zone, Outdoor Advertisement Category 2 Regulatory District (article 11-1-6 area), Residence Attraction Area, Suburban Development Control Area
Current Situation
Building Coverage Ratio
Floor Area Ratio
Land Category
Residential Land
Land Tenure
Geographical Features
City Planning Act
Urbanization Promotion Area
Notification According to National Land Utilization Law
Not Required
Elementary School
Motomachi Elementary School (approx. 4 min. walk/300m)
Junior High School
Kamogawa Junior High School (approx. 11 min. walk/850m)
Fully renovated by Hachise in July 2023.
Renovation works done: Renewed water plumbing facilities (bathroom, kitchen, toilet, basin, etc.), Repaired & repainted exterior walls, Renewed fittings (exterior/interior), Interior refurbishments, Replaced flooring materials, Installation of floor heating system, Gardening, etc.
※This property has obtained Kyo-machiya profile.
※The property will be handed over as is.
※Furniture shown in photos is not included in the property price.
※This property is designated to be purchased through ROYAL ONE inc.'s brokerage. The Buyer therefore is required to pay agent commission when concluding contract.
Transaction Terms
Hachise as a Seller
Sales Representatives
(EN) Aya Kito / Boa Zhang
(JP) Yu Murata
Information Updated
Sept 25, 2023
Information will be Updated
Oct 2, 2023

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