Former Akita Shokai Building

Former Akita Shokai Building

Unique building combining Japanese-style and Western-style designs, representing the modern history of Japanese architecture

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This building, completed in 1915, represents the modern history of Japanese architecture. It features a unique design combining Japanese and Western styles, as seen in a tower rising up from the roof, and a traditional Japanese garden and house on the rooftop. Akita Shokai was a shipping company founded following the trend toward overseas operations after the Russo-Japanese War (1894–95), mainly engaging in overseas trade. It is said that the tower served as a lighthouse at that time.

Address 23-11 Nabe-cho, Shimonoseki City
Access Very short walk from Sanden Transportation Karato bus stop
Tel 083-231-4141
Hours 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Tuesday,Wednesday,Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
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