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Kobe Maya Hotel seeking national heritage listing

Kobe Maya Hotel seeking national heritage listing

A non-profit organisation is seeking donations to help preserve the 88-year old Maya Hotel and prepare it for a potential national heritage listing. The art deco hotel was built in 1929 on the hills overlooking Kobe City. It has been closed since 1993 and has been left to rot and fall into ruin. In 2016,…

Mt Rokko’s corporate retreats to be converted into lodging for foreign tourists

Mt Rokko’s corporate retreats to be converted into lodging for foreign tourists

Hyogo Prefecture and Kobe City are embarking on a plan to convert unused corporate retreats and holiday homes in Mt. Rokko into accommodation facilities for foreign tourists. Mt. Rokko is said to be West Japan’s version of Karuizawa, and was historically a popular summer mountain resort area. Following the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, tourist numbers…

Abandoned Maya Hotel may soon be open to the public

Abandoned Maya Hotel may soon be open to the public

Closed and off-limits to the public for the past 23 years, the overgrown and abandoned Maya Kanko Hotel overlooking Kobe City may soon be accessible on guided tours. Local groups have obtained permission from the property owner and are in the process of preparing hiking trips. The art deco hotel was built atop Mt. Maya in 1929…

Historic Villa in Kobe searching for new owner

Historic Villa in Kobe searching for new owner

The owner of a 93-year old European-style residence in Kobe is looking for a new owner to carry on the home’s legacy. Open days in June and July were arranged for the house by the Heritage House Trust. The conditions of the sale will require the new owner to preserve the structure. The 2-storey home…

116-year old building in Kobe to be razed by developer

116-year old building in Kobe to be razed by developer

One of Kobe’s earliest western-style buildings has been sold to a developer and will be demolished to make way for a high-rise apartment building. The property, which was sold along with an adjoining block of land, had a price tag of several billion Yen. ‘Familiar Hall’ was built in 1900 as the Kobe branch office…

Kobe to redevelop No. 2 City Hall

Kobe to redevelop No. 2 City Hall

Kobe City is considering demolishing and rebuilding the ageing No. 2 City Hall.  Demolition could start as early as this year. The No. 2 Building was completed in 1957. It originally had 8 floors, but the upper floors were removed after suffering catastrophic damage during the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. The magnitude 7.3 earthquake caused…

$100 million resort for Kobe’s Mount Rokko

$100 million resort for Kobe’s Mount Rokko

Nagoya-based Resorttrust, Inc. announced plans to open a members-only resort hotel in Kobe’s Rokkosan area. “XIV Rokko Sanctuary Villa” will be a 48-room resort with Japanese restaurant, bar, spa, and shops. It is scheduled to open in March 2018. The resort has been designed by KKS Group, a specialist architectural firm that has designed numerous…

Kobe to restore 82-year old town hall

Kobe to restore 82-year old town hall

Kobe City will soon carry out earthquake-retrofitting work on the historic Kobe Municipal Mikage Town Hall. The hall will close in early 2016 and will reopen in 2017. Although it survived the 1995 Hanshin Earthquake, a building inspection in 2008 found that it did not meet current earthquake codes. With the urging of local residents,…

Kobe forcibly demolishes condemned building

Kobe forcibly demolishes condemned building

The Kobe City Government began the forced demolition of a dilapidated and abandoned building in Futatabisujicho, Chuo-ku in May. This is the second time since 2010 that the city has carried out a forced demolition.  The 2-storey wood-framed building was built sometime in the 1950s ~ 1960s. The exterior walls were cracked and the building…

Japan Pearl Center at risk of demolition

Japan Pearl Center at risk of demolition

The owners of the Japan Pearl Center building, a well-known modernist building in Kobe’s old foreign settlement area, recently announced that they are considering demolishing the 62-year old building. The four-storey building was designed by architect Yoshimitsu Mitsuyasu completed in 1952. It was built by Hyogo Prefecture as a centre for the local pearl industry….

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