“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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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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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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OTAKU HAVEN

Nakano Broadway is where the real anime geeks hang out in Tokyo now. With Akihabara’s otaku scene exhibiting mass cultural...
88

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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NOGUCHI’S BRIDGES

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

Seeing and walking into the impressive structure is worth the slight hike from the station. Set ag...
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GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SENSES, DISCOVER MORE

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

public spaces to explore

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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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EAST MEETS WEST

Completed in 1958, the East building was formerly the main hall of the Kagawa Prefectural Governme...
11

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...

shops and hotels to explore

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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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AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER HOTEL

Satoyama Jujo is a hot spring resort with a 150 year old wood building that creative director Toru Iwasa meticulously...
06

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...

lifestyle to explore

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TRANSLUCENT MODERNITY ON TEMPLE PLATFORM

The transparent structure, constructed of thick glass panels...
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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HAVEN OF TRANQUILITY

Handmade curtains, old doors from condemned buildings, flowers and plants – everything is a reflec...

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PRE-MODERN ASIAN ART IN A MODERN JAPANESE CONTEXT

Nezu Museum was founded in 1941 to conserve and exhibit...
85

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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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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