Seaside House is a Japanese Weekend Retreat

Although it’s easy to be fearful of living along Japan’s coast due to the ever-present possibility of tsunamis, a lot of the country’s shoreline is quite photogenic. Such is the case with the beaches of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo along the Sagami Bay. Some stretches could almost pass for Malibu…if PCH had motorists drive on the left and there were nearby tourist attractions like the Ryuren Bell of Love and Nissan’s Oppama Plant. Anyway, along the coast in the city of Kamakura you’ll find some pretty nice weekend getaway houses, including the rather striking one you see here.

Dubbed, quite simply, Seaside House by its designers (Shinichi Ogawa & Associates), this home was just finished in April. The 2,122 square foot two-story house makes extensive use of stark white coloring and simple, bare-bones architecture and décor outside and inside, attributes that are amplified by the huge floor-to-ceiling windows that comprise the south-facing (and therefore beach-facing) walls. But don’t worry about privacy, as the house – and its delightful infinity pool – is atop a bluff above Route 134 and the Enoshima Electric Railway, the latter having its Kamakurakoko-Mae station barely a five minute walk away. Then again, with views like these, would you really want to leave?

Source: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates