“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 FOR ALL SEASONS

Architect Hiroshi Hara (Kyoto Station, Sapporo Dome) decided on pure geometric shapes, exposed concrete, and lavish use of...
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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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ART HISTORIES 101

The MOMAT, Japan’s first national art museum, boasts one of Japan’s largest art collections of more than 13,000 works, and...
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PEOPLE LIVING WITH ART, ART LIVING WITH PEOPLE

Inujima is a remote island of Okayama in the Seto Inland Sea...
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JAPANESE SWEETS IN MODERN WOOD AMBIENCE

Toraya Confectionery was founded in the early 16th century in...
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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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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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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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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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MINGEI HOUSE

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

public spaces to explore

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ULTRA-PRECISION

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

shops and hotels to explore

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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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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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GUESTHOUSE CLOSE TO TRADITION, MODERN IN STYLE

Traditional townhouses are disappearing. To preserve this part...

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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HAVEN OF TRANQUILITY

Handmade curtains, old doors from condemned buildings, flowers and plants – everything is a reflec...
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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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TREASURES FROM THE 7TH CENTURY

The dramatic approach to The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures foreshadows the equally dramatic use of space and lighting...
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ART IN THE SKY

Mori Art Museum, a contemporary art museum founded by real estate developer Minoru Mori in 2003, has come to be an...
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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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