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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...

Gunkanjima Digital Museum: Preserving Hashima’s Human Experience

Life on Hashima is of great fascination to me. In the 1950s, this tiny coal mining island, just 160m wide and 480m long, was the most densely populated place on earth. Over 5,000 people lived, worked and...

The Toyota Museum: History, Design, and Great Cars

Japan is home to a number of big names in the automotive world. One of the greats, Toyota, is based in Nagoya where you'll find a number of car museums in its honour. Of all of them, though, we recommend heading to...

A Visit to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

The atomic bombing of Hiroshima is a defining moment of World War 2, and perhaps what many associate with Japan during that time. However, it can’t be forgotten that three days later, on August 9th, 1945, while...

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...

Hiroshima Castle: More Than a Museum

Hiroshima Castle, also nicknamed Carp Castle, sits proudly in the center of town. A reconstruction of its former self, it’s an impressive sight surrounded by trees and a wide moat. If you happen to catch it of an evening, you'll see its...

Mind Blowing Sub-terranean Art at Chichu Art Museum

A bird flying overhead might notice a few geometric shapes at grass level, but even the most slightly trained eye can find so much more to appreciate at Naoshima’s Chichu Art Museum. Located on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea, this...

Exclusive Beers and A History Lesson at Sapporo Beer Museum

When planning my debut visit to Sapporo, I quickly realised I knew very little about Hokkaido. Save for a few regional delicacies (ramen, lamb, dairy), that is. However, one of the first things that came to mind was the namesake Sapporo Beer....

Akihabara to Ueno Part 2: An Ueno Tour

Unlike Akihabara, which comprises the first part of this tour, Ueno offers a more laidback atmosphere. Dominated by the central Ueno park, the area is home to several museums, temples, and shrines—not to mention a massive zoo. It’s a little less flashy...

Aoyama Trek: A Nature and Architecture Walk

The New National Stadium Tokyo
Tokyo is a sprawling metropolis with countless landscapes to explore. Besides the main touristy areas, there are plenty of beautiful, lesser-known neighbourhoods worth visiting which include fascinating architecture. On our trek through the Aoyama area, we'll visit some of the works of...

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