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A museum and experiences centered on sustainability in rural Japan

Okayama Prefecture



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, including camping. Keep an eye on its website for further updates.


How to get there

From Shin-Osaka Station, take the Shinkansen bullet train to Okayama Station (about 50 minutes), then transfer to a Hakubi Line train and ride to Neu Station (about 2 hours). The facility is 30 minutes by taxi from Neu Station.
Alternatively, the facility can be reached directly from Okayama Station by car (about 1 hour 30 minutes) or bus (about 3 hours).


1205-220 Hiruzen Kamifukuda, Maniwa-shi, Okayama-ken


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