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Unique Japan Tours in Architecture, Art, Design and Culture by Robert Day Travel

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings in Japan – Japan Architecture Tour

Hurry! Bookings close soon for the UIA Japan Architecture Tour, 25 Sep – 8 Oct. Book now for the best value Japan Architecture Tour.

Choose between the full 14 day tour (UIA Congress + post-UIA tour) or just the 9 day post-UIA tour.

The 14 day tour incorporates the UIA 2011 TOKYO World Congress of Architecture, followed by the fully guided Japan Architecture Tour at the conclusion of the Congress. The 9 day fully guided Japan Architecture Tour commences at the conclusion of the UIA 2011 TOKYO Congress.

To book your place on the tour or to find out more details, contact Robert on robert@rdayarch.com.au or leave a comment for Robert in the Comments box above.

IMPERIAL HOTEL                    YAMAMURA HOUSE            JIYU GAKUEN SCHOOL

As part of the Japan Architecture Tours, we have visited some of the few remaining buildings in Japan that Frank Lloyd Wright designed.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed a number of buildings in Japan during the early part of the 20th Century. Of these, 6 of them were built and today only the Yamamura House, the Jiyu Gakuen School, The Imperial Hotel and the Hayashi House remain.

Completed in 1918, the Yamamura House in Ashiya near Kobe was threatened with demolition in the 1970’s. It is designated by the Japanese Government as an Important Cultural Property and has been restored and is open to the public.

The Jiyu Gakuen School in Tokyo was built in 1921 and is also an Important Cultural Property. It too has also been restored and is also open to the public.

The Imperial Hotel was originally built in Tokyo near the Imperial Palace. It was completed in 1923, and the day of it’s official opening coincided with the Great Kanto Earthquake. Surviving relatively unscathed, it finally met it’s demise during the rapid economic expansion of Japan in the 1960’s.

It was demolished in 1968, however prior to the complete demolition, the front entrance and lobby sections of the building were dismantled and salvaged.These parts of the Imperial Hotel were later rebuilt in 1985 at the Meiji Mura open-air architectural museum in Inuyama, near Nagoya. It is understood that only one room of the Hayashi House remains in it’s original state.

If you are interested in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and would like to visit his buildings in Japan, you should consider joining one of Robert Day’s Japan Architecture Tours.

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