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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…

Town to buy 300-yr old house for 38 million Yen

Town to buy 300-yr old house for 38 million Yen

Matsuzaki Town in Shizuoka’s Izu Peninsula will be purchasing the 300-year old former Yoda Residence for 38.4 million Yen (approx. 337,000 USD). The town’s budget for acquisition and preservation of the property is expected to total 48.7 million Yen, which includes 10 million Yen to acquire the rights to a hot spring source. The property…

Modernist building in Yokohama to be demolished next month

Modernist building in Yokohama to be demolished next month

One of Yokohama’s early examples of modernist architecture will soon be demolished. The Prefectural Police Headquarters Onoecho Government Building was built in 1952. The 3-story concrete building with a curved exterior, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and no front entrance is considered one of the city’s modernist masterpieces.

Luxury hotel planned for historic site in Nara Park

Luxury hotel planned for historic site in Nara Park

Nara Prefecture is accepting bids from private companies for a hotel development to be located within the Nara Park grounds in Nara City. The 1.3 hectare site is located on the southern side of Nara Park’s Ukimi-do Hall, and was purchased by the prefecture from the national government in 2005. Prior to the Meiji Restoration,…

Modernist factory discovered after 76 years

Modernist factory discovered after 76 years

A factory designed by one of Japan’s leading modernist architects during WWII has been discovered in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka. The factory was designed by Togo Murano (1891-1984) and completed in 1941. The steel-frame building is 60 meters wide and 150 meters long. Long-since thought to have been one of Murano’s ‘phantom factories’ that were never constructed, this steel…

400-room hotel planned opposite Olympic Stadium

400-room hotel planned opposite Olympic Stadium

Major Japanese real estate company Mitsui Fudosan and Meiji Shrine are planning to develop a 13-story, 400-room hotel to be located directly across the street from the Olympic Stadium. If approved, construction of the 50-meter tall building could start in January 2018 with completion by mid-2019.

Ginza’s oldest bar to close

Ginza’s oldest bar to close

Ginza’s oldest bar will close this month and the historic 89-year old building is likely to be demolished as the 80-year old owner is struggling to maintain the ageing structure. Bordeaux opened in 1927 in a two-story European-style building in the Ginza 8 Chome address. It hosted many famous patrons over the years including Mitsumasa Yonai…

For Sale: 1930s half-timber historic home in Hayama

For Sale: 1930s half-timber historic home in Hayama

Price: 250,000,000 Yen (approx. 2.2 million USD) An 83-year old half-timber style house in the wealthy beachside town of Hayama, 60km south of Tokyo, is for sale. The two-storey home is located at the end of a sweeping driveway, and overlooks a large and sunny south-facing garden filled with weeping cherry trees (shidare-sakura) and crepe…

Nakano’s last surviving thatched-roof house to be demolished

Nakano’s last surviving thatched-roof house to be demolished

The 160+ year old Hosoda Residence in Nakano, Tokyo, is expected to be demolished soon to make way for a city road. The road plan was enacted in 1966, but, as is the case with many of Tokyo’s old road plans, remained dormant for several decades. The city obtained approval from the national government for…

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