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A Day Trip To Shibamata: Tokyo’s Magical Retro Hood

Spend a few days exploring Tokyo and you’ll start to get a sense of its enormity. For every neon-lit neighbourhood, there’s an old-fashioned counterpart across town, bustling in its own special way. A visit to a ‘Shitamachi’ (downtown) pocket has a way...

Japanese Manhole Covers: Where Street Meets Art

Tokyo design When a friend makes their debut visit to Japan, I tell them to travel slowly and look in every direction as there’s always more going on than first meets the eye. The narrow buildings are so...

The Hakone Open-Air Museum: A Playground for Art Enthusiasts

Visiting an art museum is probably not top of most people’s lists when planning a trip to Hakone. However, you should make an exception for the phenomenal Hakone Open-Air Museum. Art and nature lovers alike will delight in this offbeat playground of...

Elevate Your Art-Viewing Experience At Mori Art Museum

Located 50-odd floors above the streets of Roppongi, the Mori Art Museum offers impressively curated modern exhibitions, and plenty more, for the urban culture vulture. An annual programme of special exhibits, rather than a permanent display, keeps things fresh and entices patrons...

Taking Pleasure in Simplicity at Lee Ufan Museum

The Lee Ufan Museum sits in a quiet little valley in the south of Naoshima. Half-way between Chichu Art Museum and Benesse House, it's the newest and smallest of the three museum district sites. But, unlike the others, this property is dedicated...

Art, Nature and Architecture: the Benesse House Experience

The Benesse House is an art museum and hotel located on Naoshima’s south coast. Perched high on a hill, it overlooks the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, affording visitors a taste of natural beauty alongside the artwork. With paintings, installations and sculptures by...

All The Highlights On This 2 Night Naoshima Itinerary

Naoshima Art Island is a must-see for art lovers travelling to Japan. Due to its location and the wide array of attractions, it’s an ideal place to spend a few nights so you can really take your time exploring. Read below for...

Shopping locally made artisanal products at Akihabara’s 2k540

Are you on the hunt for Japanese souvenirs that are high quality and made in Japan? Look no further than 2k540. Just a few minutes’ walk from Akihabara, this shopping arcade is located under the train tracks and contains almost 50 specialty...

Exploring Art, History and Culture at Naoshima’s Art House Project

It’s early winter in Honmura and the burnt cedar lining of the old homes shines in the morning light. This small village on Naoshima Island’s east coast has a history woven with fishing and salt production. Go back 500 years and you'll...

Art is Literally Everywhere You Look on Naoshima

Naoshima is more commonly known as Japan’s ‘art island’, and for good reason. Aside from the large, multi billion yen galleries, there is literally art everywhere. From famous sculptures to resident-decorated houses and gardens, let’s take a look at some of the...

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