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History of Asian Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism: Japan

The purpose of this research guide is to provide a selection of basic English language resources that outline key elements of architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning in China, Japan, and Korea from approximately 1400 BCE to the present.


General Overviews [for both ARCH 170A and 170B]

Housing & Vernacular Architecture


Landscape Architecture & Garden History

Religious Buildings & Sites

Castles & Palaces


Search Terms

By time period (chronological table from Cultural atlas of Japan / Martin Collcutt, Marius Jansen, Isao Kumakura.):
Jomon, 11,000-300 BCE
Yayoi, 300 BCE-300CE
Kofun, 300-552 CE
Late Yamato, 552-710
Nara, 710-794
Heian, 794-1185
Kamakura, 1185-1333
Northern & Southern Courts, 1333-1392
Muromachi, 1392-1568
Momoyama, 1568-1600
Edo, 1600-1868
Meiji, 1868-1912
Taisho, 1912-1926 
Showa, 1926-1989


By island, region, or city, e.g., Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyoto, etc.