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Country Japan

Brutalism
City Hall
Brutalism 1961
Yamanashi Press and Broadcasting Center (today: Yamanashi Cultural Center)
Brutalism 1957
DEMOLISHED
Harumi Apartment Buildings
Brutalism
DEMOLISHED
Saijo Municipal Gymnasium
Brutalism
Aoshima Youth Center
Brutalism 1967
DEMOLISHED
Kurume Civic Center
Brutalism
Furukawa Civic Hall (today: O?saki Civic Hall)
World Heritage Site 1993
Himeji-jo

Himeji-jo is the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture, comprising 83 buildings with highly developed systems of defence and ingenious protection devices dating from the beginning of the Shogun period. It is a maste…

World Heritage Site 2021
Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan

The property consists of 17 archaeological sites in the southern part of Hokkaido Island and northern Tohoku in geographical settings ranging from mountains and hills to plains and lowlands, from inland bays to lakes, and rivers. They bear a unique test…

Brutalism
DEMOLISHED
Mizuki School (later Fukuoka International University)
Brutalism 1958
Gakushuin University
Brutalism 1962
Nichinan Cultural Center
Brutalism 1964
National Theater
Brutalism 1955
Gunma Music Center
Brutalism
Kyushu University Hall
Brutalism 1964
Luna Hall
Brutalism
Religious Center, Tensho Kotai Jingu-Kyo Sect
Brutalism
Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center
Brutalism
Inter-University Seminar House
Brutalism
Isahaya City Center
Brutalism 2018
Rokko Housing I, II and III
World Heritage Site 1996
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in th…

World Heritage Site 2011
Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land

Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land comprises five sites, including the sacred Mount Kinkeisan. It features vestiges of government offices dating from the 11th and 12th centuries when Hiraizumi …

Brutalism 2016
Zojoji (Zodoji?) Temple
World Heritage Site 2014
Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites

This property is a historic sericulture and silk mill complex established in the late 19th and early 20th century in the Gunma prefecture, north-west of Tokyo. It consists of four sites that correspond to the different stages in the production of raw si…

Brutalism
Setagaya Local History Museum
Brutalism
Yomiuri Hall
Brutalism
Chiba Prefectural Central Library and Cultural Center
Brutalism
Nagoya University Toyoda Memorial Hall
Brutalism 1955
Education Center
World Heritage Site 1993
Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area

There are around 48 Buddhist monuments in the Horyu-ji area, in Nara Prefecture. Several date from the late 7th or early 8th century, making them some of the oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world. These masterpieces of wooden architecture are i…

Brutalism 1962
Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium
World Heritage Site 2000
Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

Five hundred years of Ryukyuan history (12th-17th century) are represented by this group of sites and monuments. The ruins of the castles, on imposing elevated sites, are evidence for the social structure over much of that period, while the sacred sites…

World Heritage Site 1993
Yakushima

Located in the interior of Yaku Island, at the meeting-point of the palaearctic and oriental biotic regions, Yakushima exhibits a rich flora, with some 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of the sugi (Japanese cedar). It also conta…

Brutalism 1959
Kyoto International Conference Center (KICC)
Brutalism
URA House
Brutalism
Saga Prefectural Gymnasium (today Ichimura Memorial Gymnasium)
World Heritage Site 2005
Shiretoko

Shiretoko Peninsula is located in the north-east of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. The site includes the land from the central part of the peninsula to its tip (Shiretoko Cape) and the surrounding marine area. It provides an outstanding exa…

Brutalism 1958
City Hall (today: Kurashiki Museum of Art)
Brutalism
Dr. Minezaki House (Dragon Fort)
Brutalism 2016
Shimizu Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Brutalism 1975
Azuma House
Brutalism
City Hall
Brutalism
DEMOLISHED
Ko?to? Public Hall
Brutalism 1957
Kyoto Hall
Brutalism 1958
Sky House
Brutalism 1957
Civic Center
Brutalism 1967
Ohgigaoka Campus, Kanazawa Institute of Technology
World Heritage Site 2015
Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

The site encompasses a series of twenty three component parts, mainly located in the southwest of Japan. It bears testimony to the rapid industrialization of the country from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century, through the developm…

Brutalism 1957
Cultural Center (today: Rohm Theater)
Brutalism
Tanimura Art Museum
World Heritage Site 1993
Shirakami-Sanchi

Situated in the mountains of northern Honshu, this trackless site includes the last virgin remains of the cool-temperate forest of Siebold’s beech trees that once covered the hills and mountain slopes of northern Japan. The black bear, the serow and 87 …

Brutalism
Tonogaya Apartments
Brutalism
Japan Lutheran Theological College
Brutalism
Fushimi Inari Shrine Ceremonial Hall
Brutalism 1966
Tower House
Brutalism
Toko-en Hotel
World Heritage Site 2013
Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration

The beauty of the solitary, often snow-capped, stratovolcano, known around the world as Mount Fuji, rising above villages and tree-fringed sea and lakes has long been the object of pilgrimages and inspired artists and poets. The inscribed property consi…

Brutalism
DEMOLISHED
Cho-no-ya, The Great Shrine of Izumo
World Heritage Site 1995
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. The large houses with their…

Brutalism 1935
Watanabe Memorial Hall
Brutalism
Iwata Girls High School
Brutalism
Oita Prefectural Library (today Oita Art Plaza)
Brutalism
DEMOLISHED
City Hall
World Heritage Site 2016
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over…

Brutalism 1979
National Bunraku Theater
Brutalism 1982
Civic Hall
World Heritage Site 2018
Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region

Located in the north-western part of Kyushu island, this serial property consists of ten villages, remains of the Hara Castle and a cathedral, dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries. They reflect the era of prohibition of the Christian faith, as we…

World Heritage Site 1998
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

Nara was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. During this period the framework of national government was consolidated and Nara enjoyed great prosperity, emerging as the fountainhead of Japanese culture. The city’s historic monuments – Buddhist t…

World Heritage Site 1994
Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

Built in A.D. 794 on the model of the capitals of ancient China, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan from its foundation until the middle of the 19th century. As the centre of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto illustrates the develop…

World Heritage Site 2004
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, three sacred sites – Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan – linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto, reflect the fusion of Shinto, …

Brutalism 1954
Kagawa Prefectural Office
World Heritage Site 2007
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape

The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine in the south-west of Honshu Island is a cluster of mountains, rising to 600 m and interspersed by deep river valleys featuring the archaeological remains of large-scale mines, smelting and refining sites and mining settlemen…

Brutalism
Prefectural Museum Shimane
Brutalism
Cultural Center
World Heritage Site 1996
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

The island of Itsukushima, in the Seto inland sea, has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. The first shrine buildings here were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the 12th century and the harmoniously…

World Heritage Site 2019
Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan

Located on a plateau above the Osaka Plain, this property includes 49 kofun (old mounds in Japanese). Burial mounds of various sizes, kofun can take the form of key holes, scallops, squares or circles. These tombs were for members of the elite, containi…

World Heritage Site 1999
Shrines and Temples of Nikko

The shrines and temples of Nikko, together with their natural surroundings, have for centuries been a sacred site known for its architectural and decorative masterpieces. They are closely associated with the history of the Tokugawa Shoguns.

Brutalism
City Hall
Brutalism 1957
Metropolitan Festival Hall
Brutalism
Civic Hall
Brutalism
Divine Word Seminary Chapel
Brutalism
Fuji Juko Omiya Apartments
Brutalism
Memorial Hall, Chiba University
Brutalism 1965
Toku’un-ji Temple Ossuary
Brutalism 1966
Kuwait Embassy
Brutalism
Ishikawa Cultural Center (today: Hondanomori Hall)
World Heritage Site 2021
Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island

Encompassing 42,698 hectares of subtropical rainforests on four islands on a chain located in the southwest of Japan, the serial site forms an arc on the boundary of the East China Sea and Philippine Sea whose highest point, Mount Yuwandake on Amami-Osh…

World Heritage Site 2011
Ogasawara Islands

The property numbers more than 30 islands clustered in three groups and covers surface area of 7,939 hectares. The islands offer a variety of landscapes and are home to a wealth of fauna, including the Bonin Flying Fox, a critically endangered bat, and …

Brutalism 1957
Setagaya Ward Office
Brutalism
City Hall
Brutalism 1960
Oita Prefectural Office
World Heritage Site 2017
Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region

Located 60 km off the western coast of Kyushu island, the island of Okinoshima is an exceptional example of the tradition of worship of a sacred island. The archaeological sites that have been preserved on the island are virtually intact, and provide a …