This week for our five dream houses lists, we head to the land of the rising sun, where the architecture is not only steeped in tradition, but sports some of the most iconic looks out there.
Japan's traditional aesthetic follows a number of principals. From minimalism to efficiency, there is beauty to be found in every nook and cranny. With this list, we will be covering the top homes in categories like Traditional, Innercity, Beach Front, Suburban, and Rural.
The first home is a traditional complete with a traditional tea room, located in Kanagawa. Stepping into this home brings you right into the Meiji era, with an inner garden, sliding wood and paper doors, and terracotta roofing. But the highlight is the land around it- complete with natural gardens and stunning views of Mt. Fuji.
Jumping over to Tokyo, this two-bedroom apartment is nestled in the bustling Shibuya prefecture. Around the corner from Ebisu station, this apartment is perfectly located for those who prefer a fast-paced city life. Unlike most Japanese apartments, this one is spacious, with an open livingroom and kitchen that feels more like an American home than not.
Galleria Costa is an 8.5 acres ocean view residence with guest house that faces the coast of Manazuru peninsula. This villa is equipped with an infinity pool, uniquely themed rooms, two outdoor baths, two types of saunas, a gym, a jacuzzi, a tennis court, a golf simulator, a home theater with karaoke system, a library, a massage room, and more. Check out that bathroom!
Located in the trendy Nakameguro neighborhood in Tokyo, this 3-bedroom home sports a modern look- which is expected since it was built only last year. With a signature triangular window that looks over the open kitchen and livingroom, this home is perfect for the hip modern family.
Traveling up to the northern island of Hokkaido, this residential resort offers the finest views in the country. Katsura Villa's high-ceilings allow the Ginto woodlands and the magnificence of Mt. Yotei.
When people think of Japan, they usually think of small apartments that take up as little space as possible, the buildings reaching upwards instead of horizontally. That is partly true, but Japan has a history of rich architecture that mirrors the country's even richer history. Aesthetics are important and these houses meet that high standard.