pencil house

  • エンピツハウス(北区紫野郷ノ上町)
  • エンピツハウス(北区紫野郷ノ上町)
  • エンピツハウス(北区紫野郷ノ上町)
  • エンピツハウス(北区紫野郷ノ上町)

versatile living spaces
for diverse lifestyles


a flexible +α house
adaptable to diverse purposes
including office-cum-residence

With an appearance reminiscent of a pencil,
the distinctive artistry of the 'Pencil House'
offers more than just refined simplicity;
it embodies functional beauty that can be
creatively combined with free-thinking.

Like drawing with a pencil, it provides the freedom
to reflect imaginative ideas within the living space.
Similar to a stackable pencil, it incorporates
versatility by combining different functions.

The interior boasts a refreshing ambiance,
a gentle flow of air,
and the tactile sensation of natural materials.
The layout and facilities harmonize with usability,
eliminating the unnecessary to pursue comfort,
bringing a sense of spaciousness to both
the living space and the mind on a daily basis.



When envisioning a home, the crucial elements of "functionality" and "beauty" come to the forefront. Furthermore, embracing the concept of "diversity", which has become increasingly essential in recent times, this property stands out for its ability to flexibly cater to individual needs by allowing versatile combinations of functionalities.

In this three-storey property, the entrances on the 1st floor and the 2nd/3rd floors are completely separate, each equipped with its own mailbox and delivery box.
The 1st floor is designed as a studio apartment. The 2nd and 3rd floors are designed as a family-type residence. The 2nd floor combines the common living space (LDK) with utility areas while the bedrooms are consolidated on the 3rd floor. This design fosters a space where privacy is respected, while communication among family members can also be encouraged.

A property with a simple design without over-decoration and spaces that can adapt flexibly to various needs.

Fully renovated by Hachise in Nov 2023
Renovation works done: Renewed water plumbing products (bathroom, kitchen, toilet, basin, etc.), Repaired and repainted exterior walls, Partly renewed exterior and interior fittings, Interior refurbishment, Renewed flooring materials, Renewed wallpapers for walls and ceilings, Installation of sound insulation mat under 2F flooring, Installation of parcel boxes, etc.


Proposal for Diverse Usage Scenarios:

This property is a standalone building with a design that fully separates the access, plumbing, and other elements between the 1st floor and the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Given the diverse needs of family composition, lifestyle, and business, here we'd like to introduce 3 models for potential use:

Home + Office

Utilize the 1st floor as an office space and the 2nd to 3rd floors as a residence. Combining living and working flexibly enables effective time management and cost savings for a store or office. Meetings with clients can be conducted without concern for family activities, creating a comfortable living space and an efficient workspace.

In addition, this property offers the perfect solution for individuals seeking to obtain a business management visa. By utilizing the 1st floor as an office space, ones can meet the requirement of securing an office for their business operations in Japan. This unique feature makes it an ideal choice for start-up entrepreneurs to establish their business while enjoying the convenience of the residential space on the upper floors.

(Please note that purchasing this property alone does not grant residency status in Japan. For guidance on obtaining a business management visa, please consult with a qualified administrative scrivener.)


1F image as an office meeting space


※Furniture in the images is generated by AI.

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Two-Family Home

A two-family home with distinct living spaces within the same building. The first floor can be utilized as the parent's living space, considering accessibility for elderly residents, while the upper floors can be used as a family-type dwelling for the children's generation. Since the entrances are separate in this property, both families can live comfortably under the same roof without intrusion. The design facilitates the free movement of children, creating a lively and enjoyable two-family home.


2F image as a family home / living-dining-kitchen area


※Furniture in the images is generated by AI.

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Rental Income Property

This property can be utilized as an investment for generating rental income. The first floor and second to third floors are independent rental units, making efficient use of limited land. It offers flexibility in generating rental income compared to renting out the entire building. The purchase price is lower than investing in multi-story apartments or buildings, reducing risk and providing the benefits of diversified investments.

※Estimated monthly rent by Hachise:
1F・JPY 85,000 / 2F+3F・JPY 140,000
Potential yield at full occupancy: approx. 6.7%

・"Potential Yield" is calculated as annual estimated rent ÷ sales price (including renovation costs, etc.) × 100. It represents the estimated annual rental income divided by the sales price, calculated before deducting property taxes and other necessary expenses for maintaining the property.
・The estimated annual rent (rental income) assumes full occupancy and does not guarantee a certain income over the future.


1F image as a studio flat leasing property for rental income


※Furniture in the images is generated by AI.

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This property has obtained a
certificate of earthquake resistance.

What is a certificate of earthquake resistance?

It is a document that certifies whether a building's earthquake resistance meets the standards set by the Building Standards Act.



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Hiroyasu Fukui

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The property is situated in the "Murasakino" area in the northern part of Kyoto which has been a residential area for a long time. Characterized by arrays of Kyomachiyas, Murasakino is a region with a distinctive and tranquil living environment that embodies the essence of Kyoto. Additionally, it has a rich history as the former thriving hub for the luxury silk textile industry known as "Nishijin-ori." This area, once home to craftsmen, has evolved into a community where creative individuals congregate.

Along the nearby Senbon St. and Nishioji St., you can find convenient facilities for daily life, such as supermarkets, convenience stores, banks, post offices, bakeries, and cafes. Notable historical and cultural landmarks like Eikando Zenrinji Temple (about 2 min. walk /100m), Senbon Enmadou Temple (about 6 min. walk/450m), Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (about 12 min. walk/900m to the north gate), and the Golden Pavilion/Kinkakuji (about 12 min. walk/940m to the main gate) are also nearby. An area that allows residents to experience the changing seasons, such as cherry blossoms and autumn foliage, in their daily lives.

bus access

approx. 30 min. by bus
to Kyoto Sta. & Kawaramachi

For trips to downtown areas such as Kyoto Station and Shijo-Kawaramachi, taking the bus from the "Senbon-Kuramaguchi" bus stop is convenient. Route 206 runs frequently from early morning (around 5 am) until late at night (around 11 pm), making it easily accessible.

For a leisurely time by the Kamogawa River or when shopping around the department stores and arcade shopping streets near Shijo-Kawaramachi, bus route 59 is also recommended.

※Click the bus numbers to check the timetable.

  • 206

    To Kyoto Station
    (via Nijo Station, Shijo-Omiya, Kyoto Aquarium, etc.)

  • 59

    To Shijo-Kawaramachi/Sanjo-Keihan
    (via Horikawa-Imadegawa, Kyoto City Hall, etc.)


Property Price 39,800,000 JPY (Approx. USD *1JPY= USD)
Type & Conditions Used House
Location 11-18 Murasakino-Gonouecho, Kita Ward, Kyoto
Transportations approx. 22 min. walk from Keifuku Electric Railroad Kitano-line "Kitano-Hakubaicho Sta."
approx. 4 min. walk from Kyoto City Bus "Senbon-Kuramaguchi Stop"
Land Area 【Registered】71.47sqm
【Actual/Measured by surveyors】approx. 58.66sqm
Private Street Area Included approx. 12.05sqm
Floor Area 【Registered】1F: 39.73sqm, 2F: 38.09sqm, 2F: 37.82sqm, Total: 115.64sqm
Building Structure Three Storey Wooden House
Building Date 15 Sept 1989
Size 1F: 1 Room / 2F&3F: 3 Rooms + living-dining-kitchen
Adjoining Street Street width: 3.52m~3.53m (private road), Frontage: 6.85m, Direction: East (approx. number)
Public Utility Electricity, Water Plumbing In/Out, City Gas
Land Use District Category 1 Residential District
Legal Restrictions 15m / Category 2 Height Control District, Quasi-Fire Prevent District, Old Urban Type Aesthetic District, Distant View Presentation Zone, Outdoor Advertisement Category 3 Regulatory District, Nishijin Special Industrial District, Residence Attraction Area, Designated Area based on the Kyomachiya Ordinance, Established Urban Area
Handover Immediately
Current Situation Vacant
Building Coverage Ratio 60%
Floor Area Ratio 160%(200%)
Land Category Residential Land
Geographical Features Flatland
Land Tenure Title
Notification According to National Land Utilization Law N/A
Elementary School Kashiwano Elementary School (approx. 3 min. walk/220m)
Junior High School Kinugasa Junior High School (approx. 19 min. walk/1,450m)
City Planning Act Urbanization Promotion Area
Remarks ※approx. 1.64sqm setback.
※This property has obtained a certificate of earthquake resistance.
※Fully renovated by Hachise in Nov 2023. Renovation works done: Renewed water plumbing products (bathroom, kitchen, toilet, basin, etc.), Repaired and repainted exterior walls, Partly renewed exterior and interior fittings, Interior refurbishment, Renewed flooring materials, Renewed wallpapers for walls and ceilings, Installation of sound insulation mat under 2F flooring, Installation of parcel boxes, etc.
Transaction Terms Hachise as a Seller
Coordinated by Hiroyasu Fukui
Sales Representatives (EN) Aya Kito / Boa Zhang / Kae Motokado / Ren Tamai
(JP) Hiroyasu Fukui
Information Updated July 16, 2024
Information will be Updated July 29, 2024

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