“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 AND ASIA

Seeing and walking into the impressive structure is worth the slight hike from the station. Set ag...
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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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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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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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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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SCULPTING TEXTILES

Shibori is the Japanese word for techniques that shape textiles and preserve their form, even when...

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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

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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...
70

GET SCHOOLED IN MANGA

Kyoto International Manga Museum opened in 2006. Its main role is to record, preserve, and present...
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KYOTO’S NATIONAL TREASURES

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

public spaces to explore

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FEATS OF THE FATHER OF JAPANESE BOTANY

First opened in 1958 to honor the achievements of Tomitaro...
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...
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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...

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...
48

ROOMS WITH NOH VIEW

Half a millennium ago, Yakuro Yukitada Asaba founded Shuzenji temple. At the gate he positioned mo...
62

JAPANESE SWEETS IN MODERN WOOD AMBIENCE

Toraya Confectionery was founded in the early 16th century in...

lifestyle to explore

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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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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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TRANSLUCENT MODERNITY ON TEMPLE PLATFORM

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

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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...
33

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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ROOMS WITH NOH VIEW

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

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