“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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GUESTHOUSE CLOSE TO TRADITION, MODERN IN STYLE

Traditional townhouses are disappearing. To preserve this part...
16

ART OF PLYWOOD

In the town of Tendo, where there has been a long tradition of woodcraft, Tendo Mokko developed its own bent plywood...
68

KYOTO’S NATIONAL TREASURES

The Yoshio Taniguchi-designed Heisei Chishinkan wing of the Kyoto National Museum opened in 2014. ...
80

NOGUCHI’S BRIDGES

Isamu Noguchi visited war-ravaged Hiroshima in 1950 when Kenzo Tange invited him to design bridges...
94

JAPAN AND ASIA

Seeing and walking into the impressive structure is worth the slight hike from the station. Set ag...
67

JEWELBOX OF A GALLERY

One of Kyoto’s best-kept art secrets, this residential gallery opened in 2012 near the Tofukuji Te...

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Visitors to a mega-city like Tokyo are always fascinated how buildings fit into the most unlikely places, with a high rise structure next to a three-story family home next to a designer shop or a shrine. Just walk along the Omotesando shopping avenue with its narrow side streets, and you understand why space management is one of the biggest challenges for any contemporary architect in Japan.

museums and galleries to explore

97

MUSEUM FOR THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE

Located in central Kumamoto, CAMK is one of the few contemporary art museums in Kyushu. Opened in ...
92

ART EXPERIENCE IN A SHOPPING MALL

MITSUBISHI ESTATE ARTIUM is an art gallery on the 8th floor of Inter Media Station (IMS), a giant ...
96

SCENIC COEXISTENCE

Located at the edge of the Nagasaki Seaside Park, this Kengo Kuma and Nihon Sekkei-designed instit...

public spaces to explore

91

FEATS OF THE FATHER OF JAPANESE BOTANY

First opened in 1958 to honor the achievements of Tomitaro...
66

MODERNIST TEMPLE

To commemorate the 500th memorial of its priest Rennyo (1415–1499), the unifier of the Jodo Shinsh...
89

EAST MEETS WEST

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

shops and hotels to explore

83

BOOKS AND OTHER TREASURES

Miho Tanaka loves design, art, and music. Her store, Mushi Bunko second hand bookshop, is hidden a...
34

OTAKU HAVEN

Nakano Broadway is where the real anime geeks hang out in Tokyo now. With Akihabara’s otaku scene exhibiting mass cultural...
01

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 ...

lifestyle to explore

35

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...
21

RAWR!!!

After window shopping in Omotesando with its domestic designers and international flagship stores, relax in a fantasy world...
16

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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81

AWARD WINNING GARDEN

The Adachi Museum of Art was founded by local businessman Zenko Adachi in 1970, in the hope of sha...
48

ROOMS WITH NOH VIEW

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