The Former Dalian Sea Route Warehouse is a building completed in 1929 as the landing place for the Dalian route (Japan-Manchuria ferry) that connected Japan and China. NumerousMany ships particularly sailed to Dalian, China. This building was called the Dalian Sea Route Warehouse and Dalian Sea Route Waiting Room, and played an important role as a gateway to Japan from its completion in 1929 up until the ship route was discontinued after WWII ended. The design was overseen by Yoshikuni Okuma , a well-known government architect who was involved with the Diet Building and Yokohama Customs House, and is distinctive for an art deco design incorporating geometric patterns. According to pre-war data from the Ministry of Finance Building & Repair Administration Bureau , the 1st floor housed a warehouse, freight shed, travel goods storage, freight office, monitoring office, travel goods inspection area, and passenger space. On the 2nd floor was the general waiting room, special waiting room, carry-on item inspection area, post and telegraph office, and a spare room. There is also a booth on the front facade that seems to be for ticket sales. Inside, there is a large staircase to the right that invites passengers who have completed the departure inspection to the 2nd floor. Art-deco newel posts and creative lighting tricks stimulate a feeling of anticipation even before departure. Go up to the 2nd floor and a you will see an expansive, high-ceilinged waiting room, and a continuous corridor outside. There are gate-type markings that still exist in the corridor, indicating it directly connected to the pier used to board the ship. This building was requisitioned by the American military when the Korean War broke out in 1950 and returned after the war in 1972. Since its function as a waiting room for overseas routes was already obsolete, it began to be used in 1976 as a temporary office for Moji Customs (Moji Customs Warehouse No. 1). In 1979, the temporary office was removed upon completion of the Moji Seaport Joint Government Office Bldg. and from that point on it has been used as a public warehouse. From 2006 to 2013, the Former Dalian Sea Route Warehouse underwent renovations to preserve and utilize revive it as apart of the heritage of modernization symbolizing the past success of the Moji international trade port, Moji. Approximately 1.2 billion yen was invested, including warehouse repair work for seismic strengthening reinforcement in accordance with the Building Standards Act, and work on the exterior structures and green spaces around the warehouse that utilized the still-existing mooring posts and paving stones to restore it to the old wharf’s former appearance. Retaining the special structure and design reminiscent of the past, the warehouse was re-opened in July 2013. In addition to a display of valued materials related to the warehouse and Moji Port, it is also used as an event hall and visited by numerous many residentslocals and tourists.