Technical Visit

Technical visit will be held on September 16. It is voluntary activity. In case you would like to participate in it, please sign up at the reception booth during the conference. Receptionists will explain the detail. Please note that this is a provisional list for the visit (updated on 03-07-2022). As the buildings are under restoration, we may not necessarily have access to them at the time of our visit. Do not worry. If it happens, we will arrange different restoration sites.

1 Reception building, Daitokuji temple, Kyoto

Daitokuji temple was established in 1325. It is a Zen style Buddhism temple complex. A reception building has been under restoration. It is a national treasure. A restoration project was started in 2020. The building was inclined due to the heavy weight of the roofs, After removing the roof tiles, it was partially dismantled in 2021. Currently, structural survey is ongoing. The project will be completed in 2026. The outline of the project is presented here.

the exterior view of the reception building before the restoration (image: restoration website)
the interior view before the restoration (image: restoration website)

2 Administration building, Myohoin temple, Kyoto

It is not clear when Myohoin temple was established. Records say that it existed by the end of the 12th century. An administration building has been under restoration since 2020. As the building was significantly inclined, it was partially dismantled. The roof trusses were dismantled last year and timber frames are being dismantled. According to the project report site, we may be able to see the assembling of the frames.

the exterior view of the administration building before the restoration (image: restoration website)
the interior view (image: restoration website)
ongoing restoration of the roofs (image: restoration website)

3 Main hall, Hieizan Enryakuji temple, Shiga

Enryakuji temple complex was established in 788. It is safe to say that it is one of the most significant temples in the history of Japan. It has been inscribed on the World Heritage Site list. The restoration project of a main hall was started in 2020. It is surrounded by the gate as seen in the image below. The project includes the replacement of the timber roof shingles of the gate, the replacement of the roof tiles of the main building and repair of timber column bases. As many parts of the world pay attention to this restoration, you can have VR experiences in the official site. Of course, it will be never as exciting as to visit there in person!!

the main hall in 2009 (wikipedia).
you can have a VR tour of the restoration here.

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