“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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THE WORLD’S SHARPEST KNIVES

600 years ago, when Kyoto was still the imperial capital, nearby Sakai City in Osaka was where the...
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CASTLE OF DREAMS

Space 1-15 was formerly a residential building called “Château de rêves” (Castle of dreams) in which a soap dealer decided to open...
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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...
05

SERENE HOT SPRING RESORT

Australian photographer, producer and art director Shouya Grigg turned Zaborin into a stylish ryokan spread over 15 villas. His...
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PRE-MODERN ASIAN ART IN A MODERN JAPANESE CONTEXT

Nezu Museum was founded in 1941 to conserve and exhibit...
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WESTERN ART IN JAPAN

Situated at the main entrance of Ueno Park, the National Museum of Western Art is a symbol of French-Japanese cultural relations...

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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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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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MEIJI RESTORATION

Located in the center of a bustling business district, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo offers an escape from the rush of...
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LOCAL CULTURE CENTER OF GLOBAL SCALE

This public multi-purpose town cultural center, designed by Kengo Kuma, was opened in 2013 to prov...

public spaces to explore

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EAST MEETS WEST

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

Sayama Forest Chapel by architect Hiroshi Nakamura is part of the Sayama Lakeside Cemetery. Ultra-precision construction...

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...
76

FAIRY TALE ARCHITECTURE

Since 1872, the Taneya Group has been producing sweets based on local agricultural products, recip...
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SCULPTING TEXTILES

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

lifestyle to explore

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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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A TEAHOUSE TO MEDITATE

With its archaic simplicity, Takasugi-an (too-high-house) is one of Terunobu Fujimori’s best known...
02

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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HOME FOR WIND, LIGHT AND WATER

Teshima Art Museum is a concrete shell in the shape of a waterdrop. Two oval openings allow wind, ...
81

AWARD WINNING GARDEN

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