“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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GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SENSES, DISCOVER MORE

Opened in 2000, visitors of all ages come to the Kankaku...
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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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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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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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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 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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What would you think of a region that is rough, torn and windswept at its edges? Where fishermen dry their catch on balconies 1,000 kilometers away from Tokyo? With islands that were once the backbone of the country’s industrial pride, but where weed and rust took over?

museums and galleries to explore

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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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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ART OF ICE

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

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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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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EVERYBODY’S GLASS PALACE

This Toyo Ito-designed cultural institution with galleries, cinema, and a library is one of Japan’s modern architectural...

shops and hotels to explore

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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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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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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...

lifestyle to explore

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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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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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CONNECTING VISUAL HISTORIES

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

The potter Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) was one of the central figures of the Mingei movement, which ...

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