“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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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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SCHOOL’S OUT

In 2000, Kyoto Art Center opened as a means to bring artists of all genres, from traditional to co...
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TIPPING POINT

Located at the very tip of the Noto Peninsula on the northern coast of Japan, the small city of Su...
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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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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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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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When Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Toyo Ito started work on his Mediatheque in Sendai he envisioned the seven-story glass library as an artificial forest where people could stroll around, electronic gadgets in hand, meeting friends or retreating to hideouts to study – all the while communicating with the world.

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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PHOTOGRAPHY AND PEACEFUL GARDENS

Izu Photo Museum opened in 2009 to explore works of photography and film. Since then, it has organ...
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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)...

public spaces to explore

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ART YOU CAN WALK ON

Outdoor sculpture museums usually don’t allow walking and climbing on art works, but Site of Rever...
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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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FAIRY TALE ARCHITECTURE

Since 1872, the Taneya Group has been producing sweets based on local agricultural products, recip...
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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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ALL THE COZINESS OF A PINEAPPLE

From the outside it looks like a giant nest made of randomly piled up wooden planks, and absent any signage or even a hint of...

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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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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HAVEN OF TRANQUILITY

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

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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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PRE-MODERN ASIAN ART IN A MODERN JAPANESE CONTEXT

Nezu Museum was founded in 1941 to conserve and exhibit...

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