“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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LUXURY RYOKAN IN THE CITY

Hoshino Resorts has a history of managing luxury hotels in numerous vacation spots around the country. This is its first...
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CONNECTING VISUAL HISTORIES

MOMAK was established in 1963 to link traditional arts and crafts to 20th century ideas and vision...
65

MINGEI HOUSE

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

The Yoshijima Heritage House, a nationally designated Important Cultural Property, was built in 19...

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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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SCENIC COEXISTENCE

Located at the edge of the Nagasaki Seaside Park, this Kengo Kuma and Nihon Sekkei-designed instit...
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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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JEWELBOX OF A GALLERY

One of Kyoto’s best-kept art secrets, this residential gallery opened in 2012 near the Tofukuji Te...

public spaces to explore

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ULTRA-PRECISION

Sayama Forest Chapel by architect Hiroshi Nakamura is part of the Sayama Lakeside Cemetery. Ultra-precision construction...
10

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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EVERYBODY’S GLASS PALACE

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

shops and hotels to explore

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CYCLE IN. CYCLE OUT.

Situated in a small town facing the Seto Inland Sea, Onomichi U2 opened as a complex to suit the v...
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LUXURY RYOKAN IN THE CITY

Hoshino Resorts has a history of managing luxury hotels in numerous vacation spots around the country. This is its first...
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...

lifestyle to explore

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TRANSLUCENT MODERNITY ON TEMPLE PLATFORM

The transparent structure, constructed of thick glass panels...
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...
50

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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ART ISLAND HOPPING

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