Traditional Japanese Homes

A minka or kominka (古民家) is an old house built in a traditional Japanese style. These houses can be found all over Japan with styles varying across regions. The wood used in a kominka can last 200 to 300 years and is highly valuable as a building product as it can be re-used in other homes.

The two main types of minka are farmhouses (nōka – 農家) and town houses (machiya – 町家).

Click below to see a selection of minka that have been listed for sale:

Property Listing Sites:

The following property listing sites have a selection of traditional countryside homes for sale:

Folkhouse (Japanese): Specializing in old houses across Japan.

InakaBukken (Japanese): Nationwide listing site for countryside homes and resort properties.

InakaKurashi (Japanese): Old and new houses and land across Japan.

InakaNet (Japanese): Old and new houses, farmhouses, and land across Japan.

Shojiko Traditional Village (English): An expert team of foreigners and Japanese who restore traditional homes in an eco-friendly manner.

Other Resources:

The Japan Minka Revival Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of traditional Japanese houses.

Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum English page.

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