郭詠かくえいの京町家 Kyomachiya of cuckoo chanting

A Residence on the Corner of a Quiet Neighborhood,
Perched Atop a Stone Wall

If you listen closely, you might hear the birds' songs.
Once a famous spot for cuckoos,
where literary figures would stroll with their canes,
stands a particularly beautiful Kyomachiya
on top of a dignified stone wall.

Ingeniously utilizing the limited building space,
the integrated garden and interior space
create an atmosphere of luxurious relaxation.

Far removed from the clamor of everyday life, time flows gently.
Here, you can feel the beauty of nature and the changing seasons.
The garden view from the Tatami room blurs the boundary between inside and outside,
expanding the space and enveloping it in the elegant air of Kyoto.

“Purely listen, the fragrance burns, and the cuckoo sings.”
Just like the place that Basho the poet envisioned -
a space to eagerly await the first song of the cuckoo.
It will be a home where you can be free from daily worries and find peace of mind.

And then, the awaited call of the cuckoo.
Welcoming that fleeting moment as something supreme,
at this Kyomachiya that sings of ultimate bliss.

In the beautiful garden,
woven by the dappled sunlight through the trees,
the rustling of branches begins to play as if they are speaking.
Feeling the whisper of the flowing wind,
the symphony of natural sounds gently embraces your heart.



The layout is designed to maximize the use of the available space. The entrance porch leads to a hallway featuring calming plaster walls and antique lattice storage doors crafted by skilled artisans, creating a comfortable and relaxing environment. Notably, the Tatami room and garden are seamlessly integrated, with the porch serving like an open-air pavilion. This area, while loosely connected to the living room, offers a luxurious retreat where you can bask in the sunlight and gentle breezes.

The 2nd floor houses a sunny bedroom and a bathroom equipped with a drying system. The south-facing room, with its striking sloped ceiling featuring traditional Machiya beams and Washi paper wallpaper, provides a serene space infused with the warmth of wood.

Fully renovated by Hachise in Apr 2024
Renewed water plumbing facilities (bathroom, kitchen, toilet, basin, etc.), Repaired and repainted exterior walls, Renewed exterior and interior fittings, Interior refurbishment, Replaced flooring materials, Gardening, etc.


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Connecting history with the present, Imagumano


This area is rich in history and nature, featuring the "Mitera" Sennyuji Temple deeply connected to the Imperial Family, the Imakumano Shrine from which the area takes its name, and the famous autumn foliage site Tofukuji Temple just to the south. While the deep historical significance can be felt here, recent years have seen active efforts to build and revitalize the community.

Along Higashioji Street, there is a retro shopping arcade with essential facilities such as local supermarkets, long-established Kyoto pickle shops, Uji tea specialty stores, and a conveniently accessible gym. Despite being quiet and comfortable for living, you can still easily enjoy convenient daily shopping here.

Additionally, the area is within cycling distance from Kyoto Station, offering excellent access to both the city and beyond. It is ideal not only as a residence but also as a base for commuting between other prefectures and Kyoto, or for enjoying a dual-location lifestyle.

  • 3 min. walk/200m to main gate, Sennyuji Temple

    Known as "Mitera" due to its deep connections with the Imperial Family, Sennyuji is the head temple of the Shingon sect's Sennyuji school. The temple grounds feature a statue of Yohiki Kannon, reputed to be the most beautiful in Japan, attracting many women who come to pray for beauty.

  • 3 min. walk/190m, Tsuruginomiya Shrine

    Affectionately called "Tsurugi-san" by locals, this venerable shrine once served as the guardian deity of Sennyuji Temple during the medieval period. It is said to have been a famous spot for the cuckoo bird.

  • 5 min. walk/360m, Imanoguma Shrine

    Marked by a giant tree facing Higashioji Street, Imakumano Shrine was founded by Emperor Go-Shirakawa and is known as the birthplace of Noh theater.

  • 4 min. walk/270m, Fresco Imagumano Store

    A beloved chain supermarket for Kyoto residents, offering a wide variety of prepared foods and fresh produce. Open 24 hours, making it convenient for late-night shopping.

  • 3 min. walk/230m, Gebacken Sennyuji Store

    A popular local bakery offering a wide range of savory and sweet breads. Their specialty, "Kyo-Dashimaki Shokudo", is so popular it has sold up to 2,000 pieces in a single day.

  • 6 min. walk/440m, Kyoto Daiichi Red Cross Hospital

    One of the largest general hospitals in Kyoto, providing peace of mind with its proximity in case of emergencies.

  • 5 min. walk/330m, Seiyokai-Kaikan Hall

    Located in an area historically known for its Kyoto pottery workshops, this hall is the base of the Seiyokai Cooperative Association, which preserves the history of Sennyuji kilns. The hall offers pottery classes (reservation required).

  • approx. 10 min. walk, Tofukuji Station

    The nearest station serviced by both JR and Keihan lines. It offers direct access to Osaka via the Keihan Main Line and to Nara via the JR Nara Line.


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Property Price 41,800,000 JPY (Approx. USD *1JPY= USD) *Jun 6, Under Offer
Type & Conditions Used House (Kyo-machiya)
Location 22-20 Imagumano-Tsuruginomiyacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Transportations approx. 10 min. walk from JR Nara-line/Heikan mainline "Tofukuji Sta."
approx. 4 min. walk from Kyoto City Bus "Sennyujimichi Stop"
Land Area 【Registered】58.54sqm
【Actual/Tape measured】55.88sqm
Private Street Area Included N/A
Floor Area 【Registered】1F: 27.10sqm, 2F: 19.83sqm, Total: 46.93sqm
【Actual/Tape measured】1F: 35.66sqm, 2F: 22.35sqm, Total: 58.01sqm (approx. number / including unregistered area)
Building Structure Two Storey Wooden House
Building Date Unspecifiable (The earliest record in the house evaluation report is 1923)
Size 2 Rooms + Dining-Kitchen + Garden
Adjoining Street Street width: 2.82m (2nd clause road), Frontage: 5.58m, Direction: North (approx. number)
Street width: 1.82m (evacuation path), Frontage: 11.11m, Direction: West (approx. number)
Public Utility Electricity, Water Plumbing In/Out, City Gas
Renovations Fully renovated by Hachise in Apr 2024
Renewed water plumbing facilities (bathroom, kitchen, toilet, basin, etc.), Repaired and repainted exterior walls, Renewed exterior and interior fittings, Interior refurbishment, Replaced flooring materials, Gardening, etc.
Land Use District Category 1 Medium-to-High-Rise Exclusive Residential District
Legal Restrictions 15m / Category 1 Height Control District, Quasi-Fire Prevent District, Piedmont Aesthetic District, Close View Preservation Zone, Prior Consultation Zone, Outdoor Advertisement Category 2 Regulatory District, Residence Attraction Area, Housing Land Development Construction Regulated Area, Established Urban Area
Handover Immediately
Current Situation Vacant
Building Coverage Ratio 60% (according to scenic area)
Floor Area Ratio 160%(200%)
Land Category Residential Land
Geographical Features Tiered Land
Land Tenure Title
Notification According to National Land Utilization Law Not Required
Elementary & Jr. High School Higashiyama Izumi Elementary & Junior High School (approx. 5 min. walk/380m to East campus, approx. 7 min. walk/560m to West campus)
City Planning Act Urbanization Promotion Area
Remarks ※approx. 2.56sqm setback
※Furniture is not included in the property price.
※This property has obtained Kyo-machiya profile.
※This property may be regulated under Kyoto City's escarpment ordinance.
※This property is designated to be purchased through FUKUYA-K Corporation Kyoto Station Branch's brokerage. The Buyer therefore is required to pay agent commission when concluding contract.
Transaction Terms Hachise as a Seller (Broker is designated. Agent commission required when concluding contract)
Sales Representatives (EN) Aya Kito / Boa Zhang / Kae Motokado / Ren Tamai
(JP) Masanori Yanagiuchi
Information updated June 10, 2024
Information will be updated June 24, 2024

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