Japan: Balancing between old and new

How old Japanese architecture blends in new Japan.

History, although not always correct, is very important to our society. Without her, there would be no traditions to follow, culture to appreciate, or memories of our ancestors from whom we could learn so much. Japan Property Central’s Instagram account focuses on a really important piece of history – architecture. Their photographers travel around Japan capturing the oldest buildings. What they look like and how they are used today. Many of them have been repurposed into something else, such as hotels, shops, or even houses. These buildings are really beautiful and unique. The way they harmonize with the modern world around them is an amazing sight. These buildings are like historical monuments, a portal that takes us back to the old days.

Quaint house in Asakusa, Tokyo

Hinashizaka and Fujimizaka Streets, Tokyo

Tatami shop in Tsukiji, Tokyo. Built sometime in the 1920s or 1930s and still in operation

Entrance to Edo Senke Tea House in Ueno, Tokyo

Futaba Sushi restaurant in Ginza shopping district, Tokyo. Opened in 1877, but was rebuilt in the 1950s

Gion-Shirakawa District, Kyoto

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. Founded in 778 and rebuilt in 1633

Old shop in the back streets of Iidabashi, Tokyo

Old Machiya with a facade reconstructed by a famous local architect

A bar in a brick warehouse in Yushima, Tokyo. Built sometime in the late 1800s. The bar owner has been renting this place since the mid-1970s. On the ground floor, there is a bar counter and tables, and on the second floor there is an event space

An old shop next to Ikenoue shopping street in Tokyo. Once there was a shop on the basement floor, but some time ago it was converted into a private residence

Dorayaki shop next to Asakusa-dori Avenue, Tokyo. Dorayaki is made from two pancakes or pikelets stuffed with red beans

This house was built in 1918 as a hardware store. Later it housed a bar and a restaurant. It has been empty for the last few years

Café Sakanoshita is a charming establishment in a renovated 90-year-old house

Tenyasu Tsukudani is a shop that has been selling boiled and canned foods since 1838. Once upon a time, the streets would have been lined with buildings like this.

Tsuruse Inn and Kaiseki Restaurant. The building was built from hinoki wood in the 1920s and 1930s

1.8 km hiking trail along the Biwa Lake Canal, Kyoto

Go-an teahouse in Tokyo, built by the architect Terunobu Fujimori. Fujimori is known for his creative and often sublime teahouse designs that fall far short of traditional

These three buildings in Tokyo recently sold for US $ 1.35 million. In the 1920s, these were shops, but now they are likely to be demolished.

Yasaka Pagoda at Hokan-ji Temple, Kyoto. First built-in 592. In 1191 it was destroyed by fire and then rebuilt. It was struck by lightning in 1291, and in 1309 it was rebuilt again. In 1436, as a result of another fire, it was destroyed. The current pagoda dates back to 1440, that is, it is 581 years old.

Fujiya Ryokan and Kawadoko Water Restaurant are designed for the hot summer months. These floating floors first appeared over the river in the 1910s and 1920s.

Several beautiful houses on Ninenzaka Street, Kyoto

A building designed by Yuzo Nagata on behalf of the Takenaka Corporation and completed in 1985. Today it is used as the office of the company

Former home of actor Denjiro Okochi, famous for his role in many samurai-themed films. His two-hectare estate sits on a hillside right above the Arashiyama Bamboo Trail, offering stunning views of Kyoto City. The house was built by the master of Japanese residential architectural style, Sukiya-zukuri Kaichiro Usui in 1941.

Toranomon Restaurant Osaka-ya Sunaba Soba. The current building was built shortly before the Kanto earthquake in 1923

Entrance to Ro-an Tea House, which was rebuilt in 1957 after two fires

Former villa of the Mitsui Shimogamo family. The house was built in 1925, although part of the house, moved here from another quarter, dates back to the 1880s

Nakashima Shokai Trading House, built-in 1928

Old houses in Tokyo’s Kanda district

A traditional ryokan inn, built-in 1831 and renovated in 1901 and 1921

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