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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…

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…

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