“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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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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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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ROOMS WITH NOH VIEW

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

With structures dating back as early as the Kamakura Period, the Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens ...
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OKINAWA’S HISTORY IN A GUSUKU

This museum complex in Naha has an expansive programming geared at preserving and researching its ...

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A furoshiki is a kind of large handkerchief. In fact, the word means “bath spread”. Already during the Nara period 1,200 years ago, the people of Japan would go to the public baths and wrap their clothes in a furoshiki before taking to the waters.

museums and galleries to explore

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ART IN THE MOUNTAINS

The second edition of this art festival in Yamagata Prefecture took place in 2016, with the Tohoku University of Art and Design...
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KYOTO’S NATIONAL TREASURES

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

Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan was built in 1921 as the main building of a private all-girls’ school established by publishers Motoko...

public spaces to explore

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SPEED ARTING

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

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

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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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HAVEN OF TRANQUILITY

Handmade curtains, old doors from condemned buildings, flowers and plants – everything is a reflec...
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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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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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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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SCENIC COEXISTENCE

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

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