“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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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AWARD WINNING GARDEN

The Adachi Museum of Art was founded by local businessman Zenko Adachi in 1970, in the hope of sha...
43

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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BAUHAUS EXPERIMENT

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

public spaces to explore

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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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ULTRA-PRECISION

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

Completed in 1958, the East building was formerly the main hall of the Kagawa Prefectural Governme...

shops and hotels to explore

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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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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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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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HAVEN OF TRANQUILITY

Handmade curtains, old doors from condemned buildings, flowers and plants – everything is a reflec...
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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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TRANSLUCENT MODERNITY ON TEMPLE PLATFORM

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

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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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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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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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