“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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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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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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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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WHEN IN NARA…

The Western-style structure of the “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall” is representative of the Meiji E...
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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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TRANSLUCENT MODERNITY ON TEMPLE PLATFORM

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

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In winter a skiing paradise, in summer a world of adventure for hikers, mountain climbers, and canoeists. But not only that. Tugged into Hokkaido’s nature one can find buildings that surprise with their refined architecture. Like “Suiboku” designed by architect Koichiro Ishiguro. The five-story concrete building stands on a slope in Niseko, two hours by car west of Sapporo.

museums and galleries to explore

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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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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 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...

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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NOGUCHI’S BRIDGES

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

shops and hotels to explore

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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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ROOMS WITH NOH VIEW

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

lifestyle to explore

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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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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 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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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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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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ROOMS WITH NOH VIEW

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

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