“We are all travelers.
So, how shall we best traverse the Japanese archipelago?
Here’s the answer.”
— Hiroshi Hara, architect

Locations to Explore:

95

LOCAL CULTURE CENTER OF GLOBAL SCALE

This public multi-purpose town cultural center, designed by Kengo Kuma, was opened in 2013 to prov...
27

KUROKAWA’S STATE OF THE ART MUSEUM

The National Art Center, Tokyo, opened in 2007, boasting one of the largest exhibition spaces in Japan. It doesn't have its own...
98

ART AND NATURE IN ITS FULLEST

Situated on a hillside 700 meters above sea level, the Kirishima Open-Air Museum is host to many s...
51

ART IN THE ALPS

The first Japan Alps Art Festival is slated to take place from June 4 to July 30, 2017, with the p...
71

SCHOOL’S OUT

In 2000, Kyoto Art Center opened as a means to bring artists of all genres, from traditional to co...
62

JAPANESE SWEETS IN MODERN WOOD AMBIENCE

Toraya Confectionery was founded in the early 16th century in...

Explore More

What would you think of a region that is rough, torn and windswept at its edges? Where fishermen dry their catch on balconies 1,000 kilometers away from Tokyo? With islands that were once the backbone of the country’s industrial pride, but where weed and rust took over?

museums and galleries to explore

49

PHOTOGRAPHY AND PEACEFUL GARDENS

Izu Photo Museum opened in 2009 to explore works of photography and film. Since then, it has organ...
47

BAUHAUS EXPERIMENT

Rihei Hyuga was a successful businessman who made his riches supplying match factories in Japan with phosphorus...
86

INOKUMA-SAN’S LIFE & WORK

Artist Genichiro Inokuma (1902-1993) is known for his paintings and drawings of animals and people...

public spaces to explore

03

PLAYING IN THE MOUNTAINS

Moerenuma Park is a treat to visit all year round. Situated just outside Sapporo City, this public park infuses the surrounding...
11

SHIGERU BAN IN TOHOKU

Onagawa Station on the JR Ishinomaki Line was one of the many train stations that lost its buildings and trains to the 2011...
44

SPEED ARTING

The new Genbi Shikansen is the “fastest museum” yet conceived. Running close to 210 km/h down Japan Railway’s Joetsu...

shops and hotels to explore

01

LUXURY RETREAT INSPIRED BY INK

Not many homes in this world were designed for a 2,000 meter volcano to fit into their window frames, but Suiboku is such a ...
20

CURATED POP CULTURE CREATIVITY

Located on the 4th floor of the new BEAMS JAPAN flagship store in Shinjuku, TOKYO CULTuART by BEAMS hand-picks...
76

FAIRY TALE ARCHITECTURE

Since 1872, the Taneya Group has been producing sweets based on local agricultural products, recip...

lifestyle to explore

63

HAVEN OF TRANQUILITY

Handmade curtains, old doors from condemned buildings, flowers and plants – everything is a reflec...
50

A TEAHOUSE TO MEDITATE

With its archaic simplicity, Takasugi-an (too-high-house) is one of Terunobu Fujimori’s best known...
35

INTOXICATING VIEW OF THE CITY

There are many locations around Tokyo where one can gaze at the city in its twilight and night-time glory, and The Peak Bar is...

Picked by | Inside Japan Tours

78

CYCLE IN. CYCLE OUT.

Situated in a small town facing the Seto Inland Sea, Onomichi U2 opened as a complex to suit the v...
64

CONNECTING VISUAL HISTORIES

MOMAK was established in 1963 to link traditional arts and crafts to 20th century ideas and vision...
88

THE STUDIO THAT NOGUCHI BUILT

Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) first visited Kagawa in 1956 on a trip to sou...

More Tours