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『Ando Kenchiku』and histrical, modern, and contemporary architectural works

Yokohama, Kawasaki 20h

Historical buildings, modern and contemporary architecture. In Kanagawa prefecture, there are many highly regarded 「architectural works」at a global level. This is a tour to walk around the city and visit buildings with a focus on architectural works of Tadao Ando, an architect.

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Omotesando Hills

Omotesando Hills was built on 2006 February 11, in a series of urban developments, replacing the Aoyama Dojunkai Apartments as a landmark building of Omotesando. It occupies approximately a quarter of the famed Omotesando street with its 250m facade. This building complex which spans vertically from 6 floors below ground to 6 floors above ground, contains a shopping area of roughly 100 stores i...

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Yokohama Chinatown

One of the largest Chinatowns in the world with 140 years of history. More than 500 restaurants and shops fill an area of about 500 square meters. Known as one of the three major Chinatowns in Japan along with those in Kobe and Nagasaki.

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Yokohama local Meteorological office

Local Meteorological centers are basically located in the capital of the prefecture. They are in charge of weather forecast, weather warning, observing volcanoes and act of nature. Yokohama Meteorological center was established in 1927.It was reconstructed in 2007 designed by famous architect Tadao Ando. It is occupied with an earthquake resistant construction. In the premises, the second m...

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Harbor View Park (Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen)

Opened in 1962 at the former site of the British soldiers’ barracks. The lookout and benches facing the ocean offer a full view of Yokohama port. A perfect place for viewing the Yokohama Bay Bridge at night. The forest on the north side was formerly a French military garrison, and is now called the French Mountain area. The land was handed over to Yokohama City in 1971. The same arch as in the ...

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Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall (Jack’s Tower)

A building in the neo-renaissance style that opened in 1918. The building is affectionately nicknamed “Jack”. “Jack” is designated as a historical heritage building, and also currently serves as the Nakaku Ward Hall. The tip of the clock tower is lit with lights that over-pass the intersection. The lightshow on the red bricks takes you back in time to a different age – Yokohama in its golden er...

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Kanagawa Prefectural Government's Office (King's Tower)

This building nicknamed “King’s Tower” stands with an exceptional dignity in an area filled with exotic air. Built in 1928, it was influenced by the Art Deco architectural style which was popular in Europe back then. The imperial crown style and the exterior scratch tiles give it distinction. It is particularly beautiful when the building is lit from sundown to 22:00. Often used for location sh...

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Yokohama Customs (Queen’s Tower)

Built in 1934, this building has a characteristic tower with a mosque-like appearance. The circular lines of the building give it the nickname of “Queen” in contrast to the angular Prefectural Office building. While lit up during the night, the design lends the building with a noble lady-like timbre.

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Ashigari-go Seto Residence

It is a residence that has been designated as Kaisei-machi's important cultural property as it is a historical and cultural heritage that conveys the rural life of the Edo period. Various events are held throughout the year.

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Asahi Brewery - Kanagawa brewery

Dear customer Notice of temporary suspension of brewery tour In response to the spread of the new coronavirus in Japan, The brewery tour will be suspended from February 22 (Saturday). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We will inform you of the reopening schedule by our official web site. Asahi Breweries Kanagawa B...

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Odawara Castle

This is a symbol of the Odawara family that was rebuilt in 1960. After the main castle underwent major reconstructions, dubbed the Great Heisei Restoration, there are now graphics introducing the castle, a theater exhibition and interactive exhibits that allow visitors to try on armor in the castle grounds. Rental costumes of samurai, princesses, ninjas, as well as an amusement park are also av...

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Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine

This shrine was built to commemorate Ninomiya Sontoku who was born in Odawara and made all efforts to revitalize the villages everywhere. It is located near Odawara Castle, there are plenty of delicious restaurants and cafes. This is the shrine collecting all the things and events of that area.

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Fujiya Hotel Show Plates

Hotel Fujiya, established in the year 1878, was the first full-blown resort hotel in Japan that had foreign travelers as its target clients. The Imperial Household and guests of honor used it, and, when the hotel ordered 24 sets of porcelain, that became the opportunity to start collaborating with Okura Toen, a company which produces high-class ceramics. Products from Okura Toen have been order...

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Hakone Open-Air Museum

Biggest feature is the outdoor art museum. With the beautiful scenery and mountains of Hakone in the background, you can enjoy art. There are approximately 120 modern and contemporary pieces of artwork made by famous sculptors displayed here.

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Hakone Venetian Glass Museum
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Hakone Venetian Glass Museum

This museum showcases the Venetian Glass which enchanted the royalty and nobility of Europe in the middle ages. Besides the exhibition, there are many interesting things in the museum, including a hands-on workshop, a museum shop selling glass items imported from around the world, and a restaurant well-known for its authentic live canzone (an Italian ballad) performance by an Italian singer.

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