“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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JAPAN AND ASIA

Seeing and walking into the impressive structure is worth the slight hike from the station. Set ag...
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TO NEW BEGINNINGS

Located in a renovated 19th century sake brewery, the Yoshiji Takehara-designed Hajimari Art Center is a unique art brut...
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WESTERN ART IN JAPAN

Situated at the main entrance of Ueno Park, the National Museum of Western Art is a symbol of French-Japanese cultural relations...
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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 ...
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GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SENSES, DISCOVER MORE

Opened in 2000, visitors of all ages come to the Kankaku...
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INOKUMA-SAN’S LIFE & WORK

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

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In the late 1960s, the American artist Robert Smithson coined the term “land art”. Works are not simply placed outdoors, but created as part of nature and the landscape. One of the proponents of this movement, James Turrell, even turned an entire volcano in Arizona into an art installation. which brings us to the southern island of Kyushu with its 30 active and inactive volcanoes.

museums and galleries to explore

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CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ART

This leading contemporary gallery specializes in photography and has a branch in New York. Taka Ishii lists dozens of Japanese...
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GET SCHOOLED IN MANGA

Kyoto International Manga Museum opened in 2006. Its main role is to record, preserve, and present...
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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN MECCA

The establishment of this space was realized by the Japanese design world’s dream team: initiated by Issey Miyake, architecture...

public spaces to explore

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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...
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ULTRA-PRECISION

Sayama Forest Chapel by architect Hiroshi Nakamura is part of the Sayama Lakeside Cemetery. Ultra-precision construction...
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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

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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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CONCEPT ART HOTEL

Just one stop south of Kyoto Station, this hotel has turned its reception area into an exhibition ...
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CASTLE OF DREAMS

Space 1-15 was formerly a residential building called “Château de rêves” (Castle of dreams) in which a soap dealer decided to open...

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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A TEAHOUSE TO MEDITATE

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

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

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PRE-MODERN ASIAN ART IN A MODERN JAPANESE CONTEXT

Nezu Museum was founded in 1941 to conserve and exhibit...
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MERGING ART & ARCHITECTURE

Designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architect team SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), th...
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ART IN THE SKY

Mori Art Museum, a contemporary art museum founded by real estate developer Minoru Mori in 2003, has come to be an...

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