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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 …

The Japan Mint In Osaka, Japan

The Sempukan, Osaka’s first western-style structure, was built in 1871. It stands out with a second-floor veranda and colonial-style construction. Sempukan boasts lovely sakura in the garden, which, when in bloom, bring out the building’s pink accents. It is located near the Japan Mint, one of the city’s most famous cherry blossom viewing places. The …

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 …

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. …

Nagoya City Hall & Aichi Prefectural Government Office Building

Nagoya City Hall was completed in 1933 and amazingly survived the city’s bombing during WWII, whereas adjacent Nagoya Castle was demolished. The structure is a blend of Japanese and Western forms, with the imperial emblem above the roof. The tower (seen below) has a total of 12 stories. Many of Nagoya’s administrative offices, including the …

Genbe River In Mishima City, Japan

With Mount Fuji to the north and Mount Hakone to the east, as well as rivers running with fresh spring water, Mishima is a naturalist’s dream. Take a walk along the city’s historic rivers if you prefer calm treks. There are beautiful running tracks for all levels of jogging. At the end of town, you …

Yamanashi Fuefukigawa Fruit Park In Yamanashi

A dazzling display of light! The view from Fuefukigawa Fruit Park at night, which is one of Japan’s new three significant night sights. The Kofu Basin can be viewed at night from all of the park’s hills. Fruit Plaza is a 10-meter-high semi-circular glass dome with a 55-meter diameter and a 1,800-square-meter floor area. The …

Mikuni Jetty Port in Sakai, Japan

Sakai, according to Hepburn’s English method. Sakai-shi,  Sakai  is situated to the north of Fukui. It was formed on March 20, 2006, when the previous Sakai district’s cities of Harue-cho, Maruoka-cho, Mikuni-cho, and Sakai-cho merged. After the descent, the area is no longer visible. The city has a population of 95,331 people and a density …

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art In Kanazawa, Japan

SANAA’s design for the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa is one of his most noteworthy achievements (Sejima and Nishikawa Architects and Associates). Using simple geometry and minimalist vocabulary, the project investigates the permeability of public space through various levels of transparency, a theme that the Pritzker Prize-winning pair has explored in past works in various …