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

Locations to Explore:

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SERENE HOT SPRING RESORT

Australian photographer, producer and art director Shouya Grigg turned Zaborin into a stylish ryokan spread over 15 villas. His...
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SCULPTING TEXTILES

Shibori is the Japanese word for techniques that shape textiles and preserve their form, even when...
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MEIJI RESTORATION

Located in the center of a bustling business district, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo offers an escape from the rush of...
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ZEN GARDENS

With structures dating back as early as the Kamakura Period, the Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens ...
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PUTTING FUN IN SCIENCE

NMNS is the nation’s only state-administered comprehensive science museum, as well as the largest, with over 4.4 million specimens...
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TREASURES FROM THE 7TH CENTURY

The dramatic approach to The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures foreshadows the equally dramatic use of space and lighting...

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Visitors to a mega-city like Tokyo are always fascinated how buildings fit into the most unlikely places, with a high rise structure next to a three-story family home next to a designer shop or a shrine. Just walk along the Omotesando shopping avenue with its narrow side streets, and you understand why space management is one of the biggest challenges for any contemporary architect in Japan.

museums and galleries to explore

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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...
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ART HISTORIES 101

The MOMAT, Japan’s first national art museum, boasts one of Japan’s largest art collections of more than 13,000 works, and...
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THE CITY’S SYMBOL

Art Tower Mito, a multi-art complex designed by Arata Isozaki consisting of a theatre, a concert hall, and a contemporary...

public spaces to explore

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EVERYBODY’S GLASS PALACE

This Toyo Ito-designed cultural institution with galleries, cinema, and a library is one of Japan’s modern architectural...
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THE BOOK COLOSSEUM

This magnificent university library designed by Mitsuru Senda is open to serve its students 24 hours a day, 365 days a year...
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EAST MEETS WEST

Completed in 1958, the East building was formerly the main hall of the Kagawa Prefectural Governme...

shops and hotels to explore

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SERENE HOT SPRING RESORT

Australian photographer, producer and art director Shouya Grigg turned Zaborin into a stylish ryokan spread over 15 villas. His...
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ALL THE COZINESS OF A PINEAPPLE

From the outside it looks like a giant nest made of randomly piled up wooden planks, and absent any signage or even a hint of...
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OTAKU HAVEN

Nakano Broadway is where the real anime geeks hang out in Tokyo now. With Akihabara’s otaku scene exhibiting mass cultural...

lifestyle to explore

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ART OF PLYWOOD

In the town of Tendo, where there has been a long tradition of woodcraft, Tendo Mokko developed its own bent plywood...
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TRANSLUCENT MODERNITY ON TEMPLE PLATFORM

The transparent structure, constructed of thick glass panels...
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RAWR!!!

After window shopping in Omotesando with its domestic designers and international flagship stores, relax in a fantasy world...

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ART ISLAND HOPPING

Set against the scenic waters of the Seto Inland Sea, the Setouchi Triennale first launched in 201...
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ART SHANGRI-LA

This private museum was opened in 1997 to house close to 2,000 pieces of art, from Ancient Greek to Roman, and Middle Eastern...
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MINGEI HOUSE

The potter Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) was one of the central figures of the Mingei movement, which ...

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