“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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GET SCHOOLED IN MANGA

Kyoto International Manga Museum opened in 2006. Its main role is to record, preserve, and present...
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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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WHEN IN NARA…

The Western-style structure of the “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall” is representative of the Meiji E...
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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...
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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...
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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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Anchored in tradition, but at the same time keeping doors open to innovation – these are the characteristic traits of modern Kyoto. On one hand, the 1200-year-old imperial city is home to one-fifth of all National Treasures of Japan and to 17 historic buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto”.

museums and galleries to explore

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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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ART EXPERIENCE IN A SHOPPING MALL

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

Kyoto International Manga Museum opened in 2006. Its main role is to record, preserve, and present...

public spaces to explore

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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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MODERNIST TEMPLE

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

shops and hotels to explore

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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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CONCEPT ART HOTEL

Just one stop south of Kyoto Station, this hotel has turned its reception area into an exhibition ...
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OTAKU HAVEN

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

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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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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TRANSLUCENT MODERNITY ON TEMPLE PLATFORM

The transparent structure, constructed of thick glass panels...

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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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MERGING ART & ARCHITECTURE

Designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architect team SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), th...

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