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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Art & Design

Yokohama Museum of Art 横浜美術館

A treasure trove of Western and Japanese art

One of the largest art museums in Japan, the Kenzo-Tange designed Yokohama Museum of Art comprises of seven gallery spaces and a library with more than 110,000 books on art. Inhabiting one of the best addresses in the Minato Mirai district, visit this museum to view the finest in contemporary art displayed in both the museum's permanent and temporary collections.

Tips

  • The famous painting of Commodore Perry's arrival in Japan, heralding new relations with the outside world after years of self-enforced closure
  • An extensive collection ranging from paintings and film to sculptures and ceramics

How to Get There

The Yokohama Museum of Art is easily accessible by train from Tokyo or central Yokohama.

The museum is a three-minute walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line and 10 minutes from Sakuragicho Station on the Keihin-Tohoku, Negishi, and subway lines. For those visiting from Tokyo, it takes about 30 minutes to reach Minatomirai Station from Shibuya on the Tokyu Toyoko Line.

Quick Facts

The museum was founded in 1989

The museum’s main focus is modern art

There are seven galleries in the museum

Considered curation

The collection's focus is on modern and contemporary art from the late-19th century onward. This is fitting, as Yokohama grew into a prosperous modern city during this era, when Japan embarked upon a nationwide project of industrialization.

See one of Japan’s most recognized works

One piece of particular noteworthiness is "Commodore Perry Coming Ashore at Yokohama" by Peter B. W. Heine. as it depicts a critical event that helped determine the course of Japan's history.

From Monet to Murakami Takashi

Along with Western paintings, works are loosely grouped into six other categories: Western-style paintings by Japanese artists, Japanese-style nihonga paintings, prints, photographs and moving images, sculpture, and crafts.

Throughout the year the gallery also hosts a number of temporary exhibits featuring works by some of Japan's and the world’s most prestigious artists. The venue also acts as a site for the Yokohama Triennale. Check the museum website for all the details on upcoming shows.

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