“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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FEATS OF THE FATHER OF JAPANESE BOTANY

First opened in 1958 to honor the achievements of Tomitaro...
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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...
48

ROOMS WITH NOH VIEW

Half a millennium ago, Yakuro Yukitada Asaba founded Shuzenji temple. At the gate he positioned mo...
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...
31

MEIJI RESTORATION

Located in the center of a bustling business district, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo offers an escape from the rush of...
76

FAIRY TALE ARCHITECTURE

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

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Toru Iwasa, 49, spent most of his life in Tokyo. He studied industrial and interior design at Musashino University, started a graphic design company and created – among other magazines — “Jiyujin”, a widely circulated lifestyle publication.

museums and galleries to explore

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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...
38

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...
09

FOUJITA’S MASTERPIECES

Centrally located in Akita, this museum designed by Tadao Ando houses Masakichi Hirano’s collection of significant works by ...

public spaces to explore

59

ART YOU CAN WALK ON

Outdoor sculpture museums usually don’t allow walking and climbing on art works, but Site of Rever...
42

ULTRA-PRECISION

Sayama Forest Chapel by architect Hiroshi Nakamura is part of the Sayama Lakeside Cemetery. Ultra-precision construction...
80

NOGUCHI’S BRIDGES

Isamu Noguchi visited war-ravaged Hiroshima in 1950 when Kenzo Tange invited him to design bridges...

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 ...
13

HOT WATER

This historic inn is situated in a valley just broad enough for a noisy creek and a row of dreamy ryokan on either side. 400 years ago...
05

SERENE HOT SPRING RESORT

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

lifestyle to explore

02

PROTECTED FROM THE ELEMENTS

A bistro-style restaurant, bar and café in Niseko, the Barn is a modern, minimalist take on the heavy-snow proof, gambrel...
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TRANSLUCENT MODERNITY ON TEMPLE PLATFORM

The transparent structure, constructed of thick glass panels...
21

RAWR!!!

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

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THE STUDIO THAT NOGUCHI BUILT

Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) first visited Kagawa in 1956 on a trip to sou...
77

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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CONNECTING VISUAL HISTORIES

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

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