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88-yr old building on 2.6 hectare site in Minato to be sold

88-yr old building on 2.6 hectare site in Minato to be sold

Japan Post Insurance is selling their former Tokyo Service Center building and land in Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo. The potential sale price and date has yet to be confirmed, although it is expected that the property will be offered for sale by tender. With land of this size, the eventual sale price is likely to be…

2.2 Traditional machiya houses in Kyoto are demolished each day

2.2 Traditional machiya houses in Kyoto are demolished each day

Kyoto City is losing its traditional machiya townhouses at an alarming rate, with an average of 2.2 of these symbolic houses demolished each day. On May 1, Kyoto City announced that approximately 5,600 machiya have been demolished over the past seven years. In 2016, a survey found that there were 40,146 surviving machiya in the…

91-yr old condo-conversion in Tokyo blends old with new

91-yr old condo-conversion in Tokyo blends old with new

Nestled down in a quiet and hidden location in Tokyo’s Hongo neighbourhood is a 91-year old building that was converted into condominium-type apartments several years ago, making it the oldest apartment conversion project in Japan. The Kyudo Gakusha was built in 1926 as a student dormitory. It was designed by architect Goichi Takeda (1872-1938) and…

Historic restaurant in Nagasaki looking for buyer

Historic restaurant in Nagasaki looking for buyer

The owner and operator of the 150-year old Fukiro Restaurant in Nagasaki City will be temporarily closing the restaurant later in the year while they search for a buyer of the historic property. The owner, who is the 6th generation of the founder, made the difficult decision due to a shortage of staff and not…

First heritage de-listing for Kyoto City as 90-yr old bookstore is about to be demolished

First heritage de-listing for Kyoto City as 90-yr old bookstore is about to be demolished

Demolition of the 90-year old Heirakuji Bookstore in downtown Kyoto will begin this month as the owner can no longer afford to maintain the aging building. The building was registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property in 1998. The heritage listing will be removed due to the demolition of the structure. This is the first…

80-yr old Osaka department store to be converted to luxury serviced apartments

80-yr old Osaka department store to be converted to luxury serviced apartments

The East Annex Building of the Takashimaya Department Store in Osaka’s Nipponbashi district may soon be refurbished and converted into high-end serviced apartments catering to foreign visitors. Takashimaya is expected to enter into an agreement with major Singapore developer CapitaLand later this year. The 7-story Renaissance-style building has a total floor area of 40,000 square…

Historic Yugawara Fujiya Ryokan sold to fund, to reopen in 2018

Historic Yugawara Fujiya Ryokan sold to fund, to reopen in 2018

The historic Fujiya Ryokan in Yugawara, Kanagawa, has been sold to a fund and will re-open in 2018. The sukiya-style building was built during the Meiji period (1868-1912), while the gardens date from the previous Edo period. The ryokan was a famed high-end onsen until its closure in 2002. Since then, the building has sit…

For Sale: Heritage-listed modernist house in Kyoto, c1929

For Sale: Heritage-listed modernist house in Kyoto, c1929

Price: 200,242,000 Yen (approx. 1.8 million USD) A historic modernist house located across from the Biwa Canal in Kyoto is for sale. The house was designed by architect Seigo Motono (1882-1944) and completed in 1929. This was originally built as the home of Tsuruichi Tsurumaki (1873-1942), the headmaster of what is now the Kyoto Institute of…

Mori Trust to develop luxury hotel near Nara Park

Mori Trust to develop luxury hotel near Nara Park

Mori Trust has won the bid to develop a hotel on the edge of Nara’s Yoshikien Garden and Nara Park. Mori is planning to have architect Kengo Kuma design the buildings, and will be seeking out an international luxury hotel brand to operate the hotel. 

For Sale: Historic Taisho-Modern House in Shinjuku

For Sale: Historic Taisho-Modern House in Shinjuku

Price: 125,000,000 Yen (approx. 1.1 million USD) One of the first homes to be built in the Mejiro Bunka-mura subdivision is for sale. The pre-war home is one of just a very small number of surviving historic houses in this neighbourhood. As much as 70% of the Bunka-mura neighbourhood was destroyed during air raids in 1944 and…

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