| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Breathtakingly Beautiful Japanese Tiny House on Wheels

Across the world, Japan is famous for its down-sized architecture. So, what happens when Japanese design meets the tiny house movement? Today, I’ve traveled to Kumano, Japan to find out. Hi Rumi! Hi Bryce, welcome to our home. [Bryce] Thank you [Bryce] Hey Katrina, how are you? Good! It’s nice to meet you I have to say, this is quite possibly one of the tiniest tiny houses I have visited so far. and it makes sence being here in Japan, doesn’t it? So what’s this actually made from? What’s the material on the outside, because this wood looks beautiful. [Rumi] Since I didn’t make this one, don’t quote me on this one, but I believe its locally grown cedar. [Bryce] oh, gorgeous. [Rumi] aged by the craftsman who built this. [Bryce] And the roofing material actually looks really unusual as well. It’s not so often that I can just reach up and touch the roof of a home. but, yeah, this looks really unusual, what is this? [Rumi] uh, Tagami, who built this one, I remember him using… [Rumi] This is, uh, made for truck. Like a cargo truck, to cover material [Katrina] so it’s very waterproof. [Rumi] yeah, durable [Bryce] That actually makes perfect sense, but I’ve never seen that done before. That’s such a clever idea. I love how the roofs are separated apart in two sections as well Does that actually fall down when you travel? it does oh how clever [Bryce] Thank you very much. And this is unusual; is this actually a chimney? It is. Uh, he custom built a fireplace into this so we can climb up top and open that up and can have a nice fire inside when we get in. And I see that this is on a single axle as well, which is quite surprising, because you don’t often see single axle tiny houses. How much does this one actually weigh? Well, when you come around here you can see the side. In Japan, it’s the maximum weigh is 500 Kg. So with additional, maybe some items in the tiny house, probably roughly around 600 kilograms. So very, very light weight. And that container there, is that where the gray water’s going? Mmm, hmm. This one is attaced the the kitchen right there, where the drain goes to the kitchen. Right there, see, where the drain goes straight in. So there’s a fresh water supply on board as well, is there? Underneath this bench here, is a 20 liter water pan, and you open this one up and you just put, uh, water. Notice these white windows? Oh, yeah. The windows are lovely. The shelves are strategically placed to really extend the bringing outside. And if you are inside you really feel it. It feels like everything is really an extension. It’s really actually wonderful how the builder has done that. You can see all of these shapes and lines on the outside that have been continued, and then mirrored on the inside. And it forms this wonderful kind of dynamic, doesn’t it? Yeah. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? And is there actually more storage built into this part? Yes, there actually is.


Jess Cuz

Oct 10, 2019, 3:19 pm Reply

also just a note.. it's so bothersome when we use the term girls for what's clearly ladies, gals, women. If these were men, you would never say: "so again, two boys living in a tiny house", it's just weird.

cesario sinar

Oct 10, 2019, 3:01 pm Reply

I see a perfection in an imperfection here, I love it

Candice Waller

Oct 10, 2019, 7:54 pm Reply

That table design was GENIUS! Being able to reconfigure to 3 different modes and also hollowed out to save weight is pretty much the pinnacle of smart design, as far as I'm concerned. I'll definitely keep that little nugget in mind.

Sandra Grimes

Oct 10, 2019, 12:37 am Reply

It’s very beautiful and functional

Dead In The Eyes Of A Dragon

Oct 10, 2019, 3:46 am Reply

i hate to say this, but this house with those people could make for the most hilarious robbery ever!

Roxanne Randle

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Oct 10, 2019, 1:03 am Reply

This is the most attractive tiny home I've seen so far. Most of them are functional but not elegant. No matter of course, but it's nice to have the added element of a pleasing visage. I'm referring to the outside specifically.

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Oct 10, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply

How many Tatami is that tiny home?

mmalands Allen

Nov 11, 2019, 1:28 am Reply

Oh my God you touch my heart when you said a piece of your heart will be left in the tiny home in Japan💜

Really like food & music

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Nov 11, 2019, 9:36 pm Reply

I feel this would be a little too extreme for me, but good on these two for making it work for them!

Kathleen Lupole

Nov 11, 2019, 1:20 pm Reply

I think this is my favorite tiny house. I keep coming back to it to watch it again.


Nov 11, 2019, 4:59 am Reply

haven't even finished the video but just have to say This is amazing, This is amazing, This is AMAZING!

Mario Wong

Nov 11, 2019, 5:42 pm Reply

Their house are killin' it! Also their english is soo great, another japanese maybe dont sound like them

Diana Prince

Nov 11, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

i would murder someone if i had to live in such a confined space.

Gyorgy Angelkott Bocz

Nov 11, 2019, 5:45 am Reply

good choice of materials, clever design solutions like the roof. BUT! xtremism is never good, whether IS, veganism, communism, fascism or tiny house. this looks uncomfortable, uninsulated, cramped and nothing more than an alternative for a camper van made of wood.

Yvonne Hyatt

Nov 11, 2019, 6:00 am Reply

Very good Bryce and your Girl friend is good at making the videos , and you speak very well .This was a little like yours and it was nice seeing you life, when the the trunk part broke down. I am from Kentucky.🤔


Nov 11, 2019, 6:31 am Reply

No one does minimalism like the Japanese – they turn it into poetry.


Nov 11, 2019, 6:40 am Reply

The host of this show is so kind and I like the way he opens his sentences with “and so …”. He is perfect for this type of channel.

Marcio Ikuno

Nov 11, 2019, 12:25 pm Reply

Actually, I prefer to shit in my own house.


Nov 11, 2019, 8:01 pm Reply

Am i the only one who told them self.. I could NEVER live in that! As i keep watching the video i keep telling my self.. well its actually not that bad i could probably do 😛

Kaja Maroon

Nov 11, 2019, 8:47 pm Reply

It is so small but it looks so cozy.

Klippel Giraffe

Nov 11, 2019, 4:13 am Reply

THIS is a tiny house. Not these huge double container houses and stretching the legal limits of bus and RV sizes. While I appreciate those things too for what they are, this is what I think a real tiny house is.

Tuan Do

Nov 11, 2019, 5:32 am Reply

Japan never failed to surprise me by its craft and intelligence.


Nov 11, 2019, 12:50 am Reply

This shows up in my recommended so much and I’ve seen so many videos already that I thought I was subscribed lol Love this channel!!

Cassandra Kavanagh

Nov 11, 2019, 2:39 am Reply

So impressive ; too tiny for me ,but an amazing achievement of engineering, functionality and imagination !


Nov 11, 2019, 12:01 pm Reply

I’m for tiny houses, but this is a big no. This is like living in a grave. There literally isn’t a minimum room for moving appropriately.

To go to bed or dressing up the table for eating, or any other activity is a nightmare. You have to disassemble and then reassemble.

Not only there’s no bathroom (no shower, no sink), but there isn’t even a toilet!

There’s no space for clothings.

Not only there isn’t any area devoted for relax such a small couch for example, but even the sitting area is just plain, hard wood! Poor derrier!

Bottom line is that at night you sleep on wood after having had to build every night the “bed” and…dismantle it every morning. In the morning you shall sit (and again on wood!) because there’s literally no other activity you could possibly do in that extremely limited space. You have to go doing your number 1 and 2 in the(?)…forest I suppose and, let you imagine what that would mean when occurring at night… in winter! You are stinky and sweating and you wouldn’t be able to wash yourself…

I would rename this tiny house an anchovy box nightmare! I hope that at least they use it only for a few days vacation, and not for living!

Nikko Gutierrez

Nov 11, 2019, 4:14 am Reply

This tiny house is amazing as a Carpenter I can appreciate and honor the builder . The dimension s I would love to know and also the schematics if you will of the floor plan and storage. But the price of $30,000 is way too much a price tag, where as I have seen larger builds for much less. Love the design and have gotten a few ideas for my own build.

Markley Carter

Nov 11, 2019, 2:39 pm Reply

Best one yet.

Terry Brady

Nov 11, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

Hello Jo, love your fashion sense and your free spirit attitude. I commented earlier asking why you were flipping and touching your hair so much. I think you're just full of energy, long or short hair♥️♥️

Jackie Farrell

Nov 11, 2019, 6:46 am Reply

Hot take: he's a vampire, has to be invited in every time

knick knacks

Nov 11, 2019, 10:37 am Reply

new subs here… tiny house 😍😍😍

Miriam Caro

Nov 11, 2019, 12:16 pm Reply


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Dec 12, 2019, 7:23 am Reply

A lot of thumbs down for this tiny house, but I suspect it’s only because it is so small, the design and craftsmanship can’t be faulted.

Paul Deland

Dec 12, 2019, 4:25 pm Reply

This amazing wooden jewel box of a home reminds me of the puzzle box I had as a child with all its secret compartments & hidden drawers.


Dec 12, 2019, 6:52 pm Reply

Beautiful! I'd like to get a tiny house and be able to move it as I wish..

Justin Daniel

Dec 12, 2019, 7:29 pm Reply

I would be honored to have mr. Tagami build me a tiny home, so long as he's a liberty freedom-loving individual

Hygge Hygge

Dec 12, 2019, 11:03 am Reply

Sorry, not attractive, not interesting either! Is this normal lifestyle for some Japanese couple? I just feel that I should be extremely careful to move around inside this micro house. Stressful!

Cynthia H

Dec 12, 2019, 1:01 pm Reply

Exquisite! Beautifully designed and engineered.

Hoss skul

Dec 12, 2019, 4:59 pm Reply

This really shouldn't be on the show, it's not a house it's a heavy duty tent .


Dec 12, 2019, 2:23 pm Reply

Reminds me of a giant puzzle !


Dec 12, 2019, 9:06 pm Reply

Do they have a house to go back to…they have NO possessions, (clothes, food, shoes etc)>

Agate Anne

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Dec 12, 2019, 4:19 am Reply

They freaking good at English!!

Susan LaDuke

Dec 12, 2019, 8:20 am Reply

Just speechless!


Dec 12, 2019, 12:42 am Reply

For me, more important is I must have a bathroom. A full service bathroom is by far more important to me than a kitchen. I can live off fruits, nuts, seeds, bread and raw veggies and water, so I can survive w/out a kitchen – not a bathroom.


Dec 12, 2019, 3:36 am Reply

This looks a lot like what Frank Lloyd Wright would built a house on wheels. It makes sense since Japanese adapted his designs.

Louise Merriman

Dec 12, 2019, 9:03 am Reply

not for me


Dec 12, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

I sow this tine house I felt depressed I don’t why

Debbie Dewberry

Dec 12, 2019, 2:31 am Reply

Japanese people can show us secret little component spaces like Houdini.


Dec 12, 2019, 6:42 am Reply

This is so amazing tiny house! 😍

Jeon Claire

Dec 12, 2019, 5:04 am Reply

I am not sure if it's called a tiny house. It should be called like tiny store.

Paul Kiely

Dec 12, 2019, 8:01 am Reply

There seems to be a lot of respect and reverence for the Master craftsman Mr. Tagami. Hie’s referred to many times here.

Morning Glory

Dec 12, 2019, 9:40 am Reply

They are so far the ultimate minimalists! Love the master piece the are living in.

Derick Domagala

Dec 12, 2019, 11:45 am Reply

30 thousand rubells


Dec 12, 2019, 4:43 pm Reply

This is truly gorgeous.

James Murphy

Dec 12, 2019, 9:39 pm Reply

Mobile Studios

C He

Dec 12, 2019, 10:13 pm Reply

Maintenance must be hell but it's so heavenly zen that it's probably worth it

DL _

Dec 12, 2019, 2:23 pm Reply

This tiny house serves as proof that japanese are clever and creative peope.

carvel facey

Dec 12, 2019, 1:20 pm Reply

Very creative, very small I must say thou

Hermelinda Zepeda

Dec 12, 2019, 3:33 am Reply

Lovely human beings

Magnet Man

Dec 12, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

I dont know what bryce is doing in tiny houses, he should a diplomat.
No matter what vocabulary I build, I can't simply praise everything. Bryce is a master diplomat.

Carmen Smith

Dec 12, 2019, 2:21 am Reply

I really love that candle holder in the window. If anyone know swhere I can find it or something similar to it, please comment. Thanks!

Patricia Henry

Dec 12, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

Cute tiny home. But I would need my bathroom. That's my haven. ❤

Marika Red sailor

Dec 12, 2019, 9:02 pm Reply

She moves so easily

å¼ Megumi

Dec 12, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

This looks like something I can own for driving around during my holidays, not something I want to live inside permanently. It can stay at the backyard for an occasional guest visiting me to sleep in for the night.

Jen Jen nitrite

Dec 12, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply

I love this! I wish I had one! 💞💋💋💞

zjohnfour blank

Jan 1, 2020, 12:03 am Reply

My first thought in looking inside is that it looks like a sauna O.o


Jan 1, 2020, 12:26 am Reply

So a tiny house is a caravan or is a caravan a tiny house?

Jeff dela cruz

Jan 1, 2020, 4:52 pm Reply

I hope the wood/materials were treated to become at least fire proof. It may take just a piece of a cig or any usual source of heat to accidentally cause fire. But overall, the effort and mastery of the builder shows and is well reflected on how this awesome tiny house is built.

Anila Samuels

Jan 1, 2020, 3:40 am Reply

Not much storage

Girlonfire 2.0

Jan 1, 2020, 3:59 am Reply

Love this..im kind of hating how tiny houses are not so tiny..this is definitely a tiny house

Grace Waszkiewicz

Jan 1, 2020, 5:06 am Reply

Cool, but no – Thank you…

mia marzipan

Jan 1, 2020, 6:45 am Reply

Mister Tagami is a genius!

Gel Sm

Jan 1, 2020, 1:16 pm Reply

For the people asking where their clothing is. They clearly said they just got there which means they didn't unpack yet. Their clothing is probably in the car


Jan 1, 2020, 2:38 pm Reply

When the roof with the clerestory windows folds down for travel, what happens to the glass panes? Can't quite figure it out. They must fold flat somehow. Do they unbolt and lie flat to the ceiling while the roof and its framework fold up and move? What an ingenious design. And only $30K, sign me up1

Malia Marchese

Jan 1, 2020, 8:52 pm Reply

Bryce is so incredible at this that I find it difficult to watch other tiny house videos.


Jan 1, 2020, 1:10 pm Reply

Its rare for me to hear japanese talking understandable english.

Ben Gully

Jan 1, 2020, 12:01 am Reply

Just Wow!! Japanese culture is so beautiful and amazing !!! They are so disciplined as well as moral. I would love to visit Japan.

Barbara Mariano

Jan 1, 2020, 3:06 am Reply


Touqir Butter

Jan 1, 2020, 3:57 pm Reply

Japanese houses are generally tiny, specially in Tokyo area. When I was a foreign student there, I lived in a house 81 square feet, a very common size there for a single person. It is the size of a walk in closet or a full bathroom, in my house in Canada. Believe me it was not a fun, had to go to public bath etc, But the rent was still so crazy high. I like my Canadian house for sure.

Claudia Pennisi

Jan 1, 2020, 6:50 pm Reply

I usually find tiny houses depressing but this home is actually BEAUTIFUL!

Jim Willeford

Jan 1, 2020, 10:56 pm Reply

WOW…Just WOW! Beautiful home, beautiful women, beautiful attitudes.

Lit’ AHSr.

Jan 1, 2020, 5:57 am Reply

beautiful Japanese food stand 😊

School Teacher

Jan 1, 2020, 9:11 am Reply

This tiny house proves, "Less is more".

Priya nurturing_myself

Jan 1, 2020, 9:33 am Reply

I love your all vedios Bryce. Wish you more success brother 👍❤️❤️❤️


Jan 1, 2020, 12:15 pm Reply

In Australia we call that a caravan.

Michel Hjorth

Jan 1, 2020, 2:52 pm Reply

You are doing it in a lovely way, and we enjoy every video you are doing…


Jan 1, 2020, 12:23 pm Reply

Genius design.

le be

Jan 1, 2020, 10:19 pm Reply

Ah cmon where are all the clothes???
Great little house though

Sandra Browne

Jan 1, 2020, 12:42 am Reply

Great ideas but…where are their clothes? Is it just me 🤷🏽‍♀️

Susan Thurman

Jan 1, 2020, 2:37 am Reply


Robert Rodarte

Jan 1, 2020, 6:16 pm Reply

Who wants to live in a tiny house ?
might as well go to prison and get one of them rooms
I need my space my toys and my freedom
God bless America
God bless Trump

Robert Rodarte

Jan 1, 2020, 6:17 pm Reply

Keep America great

Simon Nowicki

Jan 1, 2020, 9:24 pm Reply

I never visited so far


Jan 1, 2020, 3:20 am Reply


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