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Ryounkaku

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Identification

Ryounkaku
Asakusa Twelve Stories, 浅草十二階, 凌雲閣
204599

Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
brick
wood
applied masonry

Usages

restaurant theater/opera
museum

Facts

  • Generally considered to be the first highrise building in Japan.
  • Destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake, September 1, 1923.
  • Credited with having the first passenger elevator in Japan.
  • The tower, located in a large entertainment complex, was totally devoted to entertainment and contained theatres, bars, restaurants and exhibitions of new technology such as the telephone.
  • "Ryoun" is an early Japanese word for "skyscraping," and the name "Ryounkaku" literally means "The Tower That Surpasses the Clouds".

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Location

Asakusa
Taito-ku
Tokyo
Tokyo-to
Japan

Technical Data

219.82 ft
209.97 ft
12
1890
1923
1

Features & Amenities

  • Observation floor is available
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