“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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ART YOU CAN WALK ON

Outdoor sculpture museums usually don’t allow walking and climbing on art works, but Site of Rever...
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FAIRY TALE ARCHITECTURE

Since 1872, the Taneya Group has been producing sweets based on local agricultural products, recip...
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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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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...
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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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THE CITY’S SYMBOL

Art Tower Mito, a multi-art complex designed by Arata Isozaki consisting of a theatre, a concert hall, and a contemporary...

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When Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Toyo Ito started work on his Mediatheque in Sendai he envisioned the seven-story glass library as an artificial forest where people could stroll around, electronic gadgets in hand, meeting friends or retreating to hideouts to study – all the while communicating with the world.

museums and galleries to explore

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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...
43

THE CITY’S SYMBOL

Art Tower Mito, a multi-art complex designed by Arata Isozaki consisting of a theatre, a concert hall, and a contemporary...
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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 ...

public spaces to explore

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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...
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...
44

SPEED ARTING

The new Genbi Shikansen is the “fastest museum” yet conceived. Running close to 210 km/h down Japan Railway’s Joetsu...

shops and hotels to explore

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FABRICS FROM A FARMHOUSE

In the mountainous region of Nagano, textile designer and artist Tadashi Maruyama brought a 300-ye...
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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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AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER HOTEL

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

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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RAWR!!!

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

Set against the scenic waters of the Seto Inland Sea, the Setouchi Triennale first launched in 201...
77

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...
78

CYCLE IN. CYCLE OUT.

Situated in a small town facing the Seto Inland Sea, ONOMICHI U2 opened as a complex to suit the v...

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