Damage to Cultural Properties in the Great East Japan Earthquake

The following is a list of Japan’s designated cultural properties that suffered damage from the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. In the Tohoku region, a total of 250 cultural properties were damaged, while in the Kanto area, which includes Tokyo, a total of 435 cultural properties suffered damage.

Built in 1906, Izura-Rokkakudo in Kita-Ibaraki City was washed away by the March 11 tsunami.

Damage by Designation:

Designation No. of damaged properties
National Treasures 5
Important Cultural Properties 156
Special Historic Sites 6
Historic Sites 89
Special Places of Scenic Beauty 5
Places of Scenic Beauty 17
Natural Monuments 16
Important Preservation Districts
Groups of Traditional Buildings
Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties 3
Others 411
Total 714

Damage By Area:

Prefecture Region No. of damaged properties
Aomori Tohoku 10
Iwate Tohoku 68
Miyagi Tohoku 88
Akita Tohoku 11
Yamagata Tohoku 11
Fukushima Tohku 62
Ibaraki Kanto 174
Tochigi Kanto 79
Gunma Kanto 60
Saitama Kanto 25
Chiba Kanto 38
Tokyo Kanto 47
Kanagawa Kanto 12
Niigata Chubu 3
Yamanashi Chubu 10
Nagano Chubu 1
Shizuoka Chubu 3
Mie Kansai 1
Kochi Shikoku 1
Total 704

*704 items suffered damage (some of these have multiple designations and the total count reported as cultural properties is 714).

In Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, the earthquake broke the alarm bell of the Kodokan school, which was established in 1841. The school buildings also suffered damage to fences and tiles.

Kodokan School earthquake damage

The chimney and walls of the United Church of Christ in Fukushima City were seriously damaged by the earthquake on March 11. As repair costs are too high, the church will be torn down. The church was designed by William Merrel Vories and completed in 1909.

The United Church of Christ in Fukushima City prior to the earthquake

In the Sawara area of Katori City, Chiba, several traditional shophouses suffered serious earthquake damage.

Sawara Shophouses in Chiba

The Agency for Cultural Affairs, July 29, 2011.

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