“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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SCHOOL’S OUT

In 2000, Kyoto Art Center opened as a means to bring artists of all genres, from traditional to co...
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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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THE WORLD’S SHARPEST KNIVES

600 years ago, when Kyoto was still the imperial capital, nearby Sakai City in Osaka was where the...
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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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ART ISLAND HOPPING

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

The museum is situated next to the excavation site of the Sannai-Maruyama ruins from the Jomon Period (10,000 - 300 BC)...

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When Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Toyo Ito started work on his Mediatheque in Sendai he envisioned the seven-story glass library as an artificial forest where people could stroll around, electronic gadgets in hand, meeting friends or retreating to hideouts to study – all the while communicating with the world.

museums and galleries to explore

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UNDERGROUND ART MUSEUM

First established in 1977, the museum was relocated to its current space in 2004, and the César Pe...
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OKINAWA’S HISTORY IN A GUSUKU

This museum complex in Naha has an expansive programming geared at preserving and researching its ...
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SCHOOL’S OUT

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

public spaces to explore

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ART YOU CAN WALK ON

Outdoor sculpture museums usually don’t allow walking and climbing on art works, but Site of Rever...
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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...
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FEATS OF THE FATHER OF JAPANESE BOTANY

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

shops and hotels to explore

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FABRICS FROM A FARMHOUSE

In the mountainous region of Nagano, textile designer and artist Tadashi Maruyama brought a 300-ye...
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CURATED POP CULTURE CREATIVITY

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

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

lifestyle to explore

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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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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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RAWR!!!

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

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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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MERGING ART & ARCHITECTURE

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