A new facility in one of Japan’s Sustainable Development Goal Future Cities, GREENable HIRUZEN brings together art, architecture and activities for an eco-friendly tourism experience.
GREENable HIRUZEN sits in the north of Maniwa, a city in Okayama that prides itself on sustainability projects, including a biomass power plant fueled by forest thinning, wood-industry waste and local lumber. The new facility houses a museum focusing on nature and community related exhibits, a thatched cycling center to park bicycles and rent e-bikes, and a shop selling environmentally friendly lifestyle goods.
At its center is the CLT Pavilion, an eco-friendly cross-laminated timber event space, conceived by the acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma and produced in Maniwa. A semi-open structure, originally assembled in Tokyo and designed to be dismantled and relocated, the CLT Pavilion has returned to its birthplace to stand as a landmark and symbol of Maniwa’s commitment to sustainability.
Many years in the making, GREENable HIRUZEN is an ongoing project, with more activities for visitors in the pipeline. Keep an eye on its website for further updates.
About 2 hours and 50 minutes by train from Osaka. Alternatively, about 3 hours by bus from Okayama.
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