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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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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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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...
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Daito Manabe, "Sensing Streams - invisible, inaudible", 2014, at Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 04

ART AND MUSIC

Sapporo International Art Festival, the first of its kind in the region, launched in 2014 with musician Ryuichi Sakamoto as its Guest ...
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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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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...
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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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WHITE CUBES

Occupying an entire block on the city's main avenue, Towada Art Center is comprised of 16 white cubes interconnected by glass...
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FOUJITA’S MASTERPIECES

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

Onagawa Station on the JR Ishinomaki Line was one of the many train stations that lost its buildings and trains to the 2011...
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SEE THE WORKS OF JAPANESE MODERN MASTERS

Opened in 2001 within Morioka City’s Chuo Park, the Iwate...
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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...
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ART IN THE MOUNTAINS

The second edition of this art festival in Yamagata Prefecture took place in 2016, with the Tohoku University of Art and Design...
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A PHOTOGRAPHER & HIS FRIENDS

Ken Domon (1909-1990) is perhaps one of the most prolific 20th century photographers, having worked in a wide range of fields...
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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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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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GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SENSES, DISCOVER MORE

Opened in 2000, visitors of all ages come to the Kankaku...
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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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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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RAWR!!!

After window shopping in Omotesando with its domestic designers and international flagship stores, relax in a fantasy world...
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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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PRE-MODERN ASIAN ART IN A MODERN JAPANESE CONTEXT

Nezu Museum was founded in 1941 to conserve and exhibit...
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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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JAPAN’S LEADING ARCHITECTURE GALLERY

Among the founding members of TOTO GALLERY·MA in 1985 were design luminaries such as Tadao Ando and Ikko Tanaka...
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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...
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KUROKAWA’S STATE OF THE ART MUSEUM

The National Art Center, Tokyo, opened in 2007, boasting one of the largest exhibition spaces in Japan. It doesn't have its own...
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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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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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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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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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HOUSE OF TOMORROW

Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan was built in 1921 as the main building of a private all-girls’ school established by publishers Motoko...
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FOR ALL MINGEI ENTHUSIASTS

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood is a museum with a traditional wood and stone structure, dedicated to the folk art...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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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ART IN THE PORT CITY

The Kenzo Tange-designed Yokohama Museum of Art opened in 1989 in one of the pavilions built for the Yokohama Expo that...
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GLOBAL ART DISCOURSE

Since its inauguration in 2001, the Yokohama Triennale has become a staple destination in the international art exhibition circuit...
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ART UNDER NATURAL LIGHT

Hakone has more to offer than just hot springs, and the unique Open-Air Museum takes typical art viewing out of the box...
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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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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...
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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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ART FOR ALL SEASONS

Architect Hiroshi Hara (Kyoto Station, Sapporo Dome) decided on pure geometric shapes, exposed concrete, and lavish use of...
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AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER HOTEL

Satoyama Jujo is a hot spring resort with a 150 year old wood building that creative director Toru Iwasa meticulously...
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BAUHAUS EXPERIMENT

Rihei Hyuga was a successful businessman who made his riches supplying match factories in Japan with phosphorus...
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ROOMS WITH NOH VIEW

Half a millennium ago, Yakuro Yukitada Asaba founded Shuzenji temple. At the gate he positioned mo...
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PHOTOGRAPHY AND PEACEFUL GARDENS

Izu Photo Museum opened in 2009 to explore works of photography and film. Since then, it has organ...
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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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ART IN THE ALPS

The first Japan Alps Art Festival is slated to take place from June 4 to July 30, 2017, with the p...
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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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STEEP YOURSELF IN ZEN

Daisetz T. Suzuki (1870-1966) was a Buddhist philosopher who was crucial to the spread of Zen teac...
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TIPPING POINT

Located at the very tip of the Noto Peninsula on the northern coast of Japan, the small city of Su...
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ART OF ICE

Dr. Ukichiro Nakaya (1900-1962) is renowned for his research on snow, and for being the first to c...
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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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MERGING ART & ARCHITECTURE

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

The area around Tajimi City has the country’s largest production output of mosaic tiles, so it com...
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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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CONCEPT ART HOTEL

Just one stop south of Kyoto Station, this hotel has turned its reception area into an exhibition ...
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TRANSLUCENT MODERNITY ON TEMPLE PLATFORM

The transparent structure, constructed of thick glass panels...
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JAPANESE SWEETS IN MODERN WOOD AMBIENCE

Toraya Confectionery was founded in the early 16th century in...
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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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CONNECTING VISUAL HISTORIES

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

To commemorate the 500th memorial of its priest Rennyo (1415–1499), the unifier of the Jodo Shinsh...
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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...
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KYOTO’S NATIONAL TREASURES

The Yoshio Taniguchi-designed Heisei Chishinkan wing of the Kyoto National Museum opened in 2014. ...
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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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GET SCHOOLED IN MANGA

Kyoto International Manga Museum opened in 2006. Its main role is to record, preserve, and present...
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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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WHEN IN NARA…

The Western-style structure of the “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall” is representative of the Meiji E...
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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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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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THE ULTIMATE SPA GETAWAY

Situated deep in the mountains of Mie, this modern hot spa complex is focused on providing the ult...
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FAIRY TALE ARCHITECTURE

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

With structures dating back as early as the Kamakura Period, the Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens ...
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NOGUCHI’S BRIDGES

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

The Adachi Museum of Art was founded by local businessman Zenko Adachi in 1970, in the hope of sha...
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GUESTHOUSE CLOSE TO TRADITION, MODERN IN STYLE

Traditional townhouses are disappearing. To preserve this part...
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BOOKS AND OTHER TREASURES

Miho Tanaka loves design, art, and music. Her store, Mushi Bunko second hand bookshop, is hidden a...
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PEOPLE LIVING WITH ART, ART LIVING WITH PEOPLE

Inujima is a remote island of Okayama in the Seto Inland Sea...
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HOME FOR WIND, LIGHT AND WATER

Teshima Art Museum is a concrete shell in the shape of a waterdrop. Two oval openings allow wind, ...
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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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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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EAST MEETS WEST

Completed in 1958, the East building was formerly the main hall of the Kagawa Prefectural Governme...
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PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE FOR ITO FANS

Imabari is the hometown of Japan’s great postwar architect Kenzo Tange, so when Pritzker Architect...
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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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ART EXPERIENCE IN A SHOPPING MALL

MITSUBISHI ESTATE ARTIUM is an art gallery on the 8th floor of Inter Media Station (IMS), a giant ...
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GATEWAY TO ASIA

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is a unique institution which focuses its collection and exhibition progr...
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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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LOCAL CULTURE CENTER OF GLOBAL SCALE

This public multi-purpose town cultural center, designed by Kengo Kuma, was opened in 2013 to prov...
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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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MUSEUM FOR THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE

Located in central Kumamoto, CAMK is one of the few contemporary art museums in Kyushu. Opened in ...
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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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OKINAWA’S HISTORY IN A GUSUKU

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