Visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa to see all that is modern, or head to The National Museum of Art in Osaka or the Tokyo National Museum for something a little older. For a deeper understanding of the Edo period (1603-1867) pop-artist Katsushika Hokusai and his ukiyo-e wood block prints, visit the Hokusai Museum in Nagano Prefecture.
Wandering the streets of Japan's major cities is akin to browsing a design museum as many of the buildings offer architectural inspiration. From the cavernous Kyoto Station to the Mikimoto 2 and Prada buildings in upmarket Tokyo districts, you can discover structural surprises at every turn. Alternatively, head to one of the country's actual design museums such as Tokyo's 21_21 Design Sight or Archi-Depot Museum in Tokyo to find out more about the design scene.