Visit Modern Architecture In Japan. Gleaming, decadent skyscrapers rub shoulders with quirky minimalist structures—keep your eyes peeled for some modern masterpieces
The Oita Prefectural Art Museum, built in 2015 and known as OPAM, shows off its treasures in supremely organic, accessible and well-lit ways. Its seamless integration between everyday life and art was devised by world-renowned architect Shigeru Ban, and the structure is often referred to as the Museum of Encounters and of the Five Senses.
Most people wouldn't think to make a government building a travel destination, but the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is well worth a visit. Also known as Tocho, it's Tokyo's fifth-tallest structure and has observation decks on each of its spires that offer all-encompassing views of the city below.
The sleek architecture of the famous Aomori Museum of Art almost threatens to upstage its very own modern art collection. Even so, the star of the show is still the artwork, which offers unique insights into Aomori's culture, heritage and design.
The white walls and dramatically sloping roof of this Church set it apart from the surrounding buildings. Step inside and be greeted by angular walls and modernist stained glass. However, it is the historical legacy which St. Francis Xavier Memorial Church represents that makes it a fascinating place to visit.
The National Art Center, Tokyo has established itself as one of the country’s most important art spaces. One of five art institutions organized under the Japanese government’s 2001 push to increase art outreach, research, and conservation, the gallery works under three major ideologies: offering a fresh perspective on artistic creativity, accumulating art materials from significant historic moments for public use, and providing outreach, education, and interactivity.
Seeing the bold red and white stripes of Tokyo Tower will tell you that you have, at last, arrived in Metropolitan Tokyo.
This striking modern museum is dedicated to the life and work of ukiyo-e print master Hokusai, the man responsible for the iconic "Great Wave" and "36 Views of Mt. Fuji." The permanent collection is enhanced by rotating exhibitions which showcase some of Hokusai's most famous works. A model of Hokusai's art studio, complete with figures of the man himself and his daughter, is a fascinating peek into the world of this artistic icon.
The newest addition to the capital's skyline, Tokyo Sky Tree soars 634 meters high and gives the best panoramic views of the city. On a clear day you can't quite see infinity, but you should get a glimpse of Mt. Fuji.
Osanbashi Pier is the port of Yokohama's oldest pier and one of the first gateways for trade with Japan during the modern era. Today it serves cruise ships and offers stunning views of the bay and Yokohama cityscape.
The Hoki Museum is Japan's first museum dedicated to realist painting. Founded in 2010, it's a world-class art museum with 400 works by 40 artists on permanent display. It has about 500 meters of gallery space divided between its one upper and two basement floors.
This remarkable train station is your start point for deeper exploration of Kanazawa and the neighboring areas of Ishikawa Prefecture—ancient provinces known until recently as Kaga, Echizen, and Noto. Some of these grand old kingdoms still survive as place and family names, including the Noto Peninsula and Kaga Onsen.
Oita Prefectural Art Museum
|An open treasure trove of locally and globally significant art in an architectural masterpiece|
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
|Spectacular views of Tokyo from one of the city's most imposing complexes|
Aomori Museum of Art
|World-class design and Aomori culture|
St Francis Xavier Memorial Church
|A Charming Church with Striking Modern Architecture and a Fascinating History Relating to the Introduction of Christianity to Japan|
National Art Center Tokyo
|A world-class Tokyo exhibition space that's visually striking inside and out|
|A bright beacon in a sprawling metropolis|
Sumida Hokusai Museum
|Sumida's tribute to its most famous artist|
|A bird's-eye view of Tokyo from the tallest structure in Japan|
|Excellent views of Yokohama at a historical point of entry|
|Japan's first dedicated space to realism art|
|Your cultural adventure in Ishikawa starts here|