Study on the adaptation of Funaya houses under the Denken system in the preservation area of Ine town, Japan

  • Patcharaporn Duangputtan Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Saga University, Japan
  • Nobuo Mishima Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Saga University
Keywords: Funaya, Japanese vernacular architecture, Denken system, Ine town, Japan



In Japan, there is an effective system in managing for of Traditional Buildings or the “Denken system” in numerous preservation areas. This paper aims to study and understand the preservation system in Ine town and clarify the architectural adaptation of Funaya houses, which are cultural heritages in the conservation area, following an increasing number of tourists. The methods of the study include a field study, a survey in the preservation area and mainly interview the officer in charge of the preservation board in Ine town about the adaptation of Funaya houses in the preservation area, and analyze some adapted houses from the front elevations. The findings are clarified in two main points, involving the management of the Denken system for the preservation and the adaptation of Funaya houses for tourism under the Denken system in Ine town. As a result, this study can be applied as a case study of management of cultural heritages or vernacular or traditional houses for other villages and districts which have similar context as well.


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