“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 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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MODERNIST TEMPLE

To commemorate the 500th memorial of its priest Rennyo (1415–1499), the unifier of the Jodo Shinsh...
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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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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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THE STUDIO THAT NOGUCHI BUILT

Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) first visited Kagawa in 1956 on a trip to sou...
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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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Toru Iwasa, 49, spent most of his life in Tokyo. He studied industrial and interior design at Musashino University, started a graphic design company and created – among other magazines — “Jiyujin”, a widely circulated lifestyle publication.

museums and galleries to explore

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MERGING ART & ARCHITECTURE

Designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architect team SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), th...
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Daito Manabe, "Sensing Streams - invisible, inaudible", 2014, at Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 04

ART AND MUSIC

Sapporo International Art Festival, the first of its kind in the region, launched in 2014 with musician Ryuichi Sakamoto as its Guest ...
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ART UNDER NATURAL LIGHT

Hakone has more to offer than just hot springs, and the unique Open-Air Museum takes typical art viewing out of the box...

public spaces to explore

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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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NOGUCHI’S BRIDGES

Isamu Noguchi visited war-ravaged Hiroshima in 1950 when Kenzo Tange invited him to design bridges...
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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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JAPANESE SWEETS IN MODERN WOOD AMBIENCE

Toraya Confectionery was founded in the early 16th century in...
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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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CYCLE IN. CYCLE OUT.

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

lifestyle to explore

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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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A TEAHOUSE TO MEDITATE

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

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

MOMAK was established in 1963 to link traditional arts and crafts to 20th century ideas and vision...
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MINGEI HOUSE

The potter Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) was one of the central figures of the Mingei movement, which ...

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