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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 …

Kofuin School By Yasufumi Kijima

This house, which situated at the foot of the majestic Mt. Aso, was formerly a Kumamoto auditorium. Yasufumi Kijima, an architect, relocated the former Kumamoto Higher Technical School Lecture Hall from the Kumamoto University campus to this location and converted it into his personal residence. Kijima obtained a teaching position at Kumamoto University after working …

Seto Inland Sea Folk History Museum

Museum of Maritime Folklore The museum is located on a tiny mountain with a view of the sea. Traditional fishing implements and other reference materials linked to the region’s folk culture are on display at the museum. The structure has the appearance of a fort, yet the interior is light and airy thanks to a …

Shimane Arts Center “Grand Toit” In Masuda, Japan

The Shimane Arts Center in Japan, designed by Architect Hiroshi Naito, is a nationally recognized building that was established in response to Shimane locals’ passionate desires for a facility in the Iwami Region that functions as both an art museum and a theater. The Grand Toit is a compound institution that includes a museum and …

Hozan-ji Temple Shishikaku In Ikoma, Japan

At the time, the advanced chief priest instructed a temple carpenter to construct a Western-style guest house. In Yokohama, where a foreign residential neighborhood had been established, the carpenter studied Western architecture for three years. He created a stunning structure by combining Japanese and Western features. It is a nationally significant cultural item that is …

Yodoko Guest House (Former Yamamura Нouse) In Ashiya, Japan

Frank Lloyd Wright, an American architect, had a particular relationship with Japan, one of the few countries outside the United States where he completed projects. The Imperial Holel, which opened in 1923 and was named after Wright, was the most famous of these. The hotel’s forms were interpreted as a new type of décor, and …

The Mitsui 0.S.K. Lines Building In Kobe, Japan

The Shosen Mitsui Building is another interesting structure in Kobe’s Former Foreign Settlement region. It first opened its doors in 1922 as the local headquarters of a major shipping firm. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines is now a conglomeration of container, passenger, and tanker ships with international operations, following a series of mergers. In prewar Japan, 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 …

Shima Kanko Hotel In Shima City, Japan

The Ise-Shima region of Mie prefecture may not be on everyone’s radar just yet, but it’s always been a popular domestic vacation destination because to Shinto’s holiest temple, Ise Jingu, and several other sacred places. It has gotten a little more worldwide notice after the G7 summit in Shima Kanko Hotel in 2016. The fact …

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 …