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THE RITZ – CARLTON HOTEL IN KYOTO, JAPAN

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, named Best Hotel in Japan by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, redefines luxury in a city that defies expectations. The hotel, which is located along the banks of the Kamogawa River and boasts panoramic views of the Higashiyama Mountain, features tastefully outfitted accommodations, four dining options, numerous refined and elegant event …

Festivals & Events in Kyoto

–  The Kyoto calendar is jam-packed with fun festivals and events. The following is a list of Kyoto’s most important and interesting annual festivals and events. The major festivals and events are listed here. Check out our monthly events pages for smaller, one-time events that you might be interested in. Simply use the search box …

Yakuza

Yakuza, sometimes known as gokud, are members of Japanese-based global organized criminal syndicates. The Japanese police and media refer to them as bryokudan at the behest of the police, but the yakuza refer to themselves as ninky dantai. The English counterpart of yakuza is gangster, which refers to a member of a Mafia-like criminal organization. …

Naruto Culture Center

In 1982, this multipurpose facility was built. The structure resembles a seaside Parthenon and is situated in a beautiful setting. There was a definite push after WWII to concentrate the country in Tokyo. There is also a popular belief that modern architecture has little to do with regionalism. In fact, following the war, when local …

Motomachi and Chojuen Apartments In Hiroshima, Japan

  In an effort to rehabilitate an area densely populated with individuals who had lost their homes when the world’s first atomic bomb was launched on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, an apartment complex was created in 1978. A townscape centered on a 3,000-unit residential structure, full with sunshine, greenery, and fresh air, was created …

Toukouen Hotel In Yonago, Japan

The hotel is located in a hot spring resort and is regarded as one of the representative works of Japan’s postwar architecture due to the powerful expression of its construction. A Torii gate, or holy border situated at the entrance of a shrine, is one of the structure’s motifs. Six columns support two girders from …

Underground Platforms on the Osaka Munіcipal Subway’s Midosuji Line, Japan

The eight lines are the city’s major method of transit, as aboveground trains are significantly less popular in Osaka’s core than they are in Tokyo, which is well-served by Japan Railway trains in addition to the Metro. Foreign Japan Rail Pass holders will find that their passes are nearly useless in Osaka, where they can …

Kyoto International Conference Center

Japan left the League of Nations in 1933, and the Kyoto International Conference Center was built as a symbol of the country’s return to the international community following World War II. A government decision in 1957 expressed this desire to develop a facility comparable to the United Nations building in New York and the Palace …

Hongan-ji Dendoin In Kyoto, Japan

This edifice, which is located near Nishi Hongan-ji and was created by the renowned architect It Chta, who also designed the Tsukiji Hongan-ji temple in Tokyo, now houses a museum and an exposition hall. It was initially built for an insurance firm linked with the Hongan-ji sect 123 years ago, in the midst of the …

La Collina Omihachiman In Omihachiman, Japan

If plants and trees can breathe, then so can buildings made of the same soil and wood as the trees themselves. The architect appears to have attempted to replicate the concept of a living building that is in tune with its surroundings. His breathing isn’t always audible. To notice it, you must turn everything off. …