TripAdvisor Announces Top 20 Best Museums & Best Art Museums in Japan for 2018

18.October.2018 | SPOT

Restaurant and travel website TripAdvisor® has released its lists for the Top 20 Best Museums in Japan 2018 and Top 20 Best Art Museums in Japan 2018 as ranked by its users.

 

Taking the number one spot for art museums is Teshima Art Museum in Kagawa Prefecture and for museums the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki Prefecture.

The Teshima Art Museum is located on the island of Teshima in the Seto Inland Sea just a 30-minute ferry ride from Takamatsu. It’s home to a single piece of artwork – a concrete shell structure devoid of pillars that’s made in the image of a water droplet just as it’s about to land. The structure takes in natural light, sounds and wind from the surrounding area, combining man-made artwork with nature.

The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum is based in the city of Nagasaki and was built in remembrance of the Nagasaki atomic bombing which occurred on August 9, 1945. It houses permanent exhibitions as well as occasional temporary exhibitions all giving historical background to the atomic bombing and postwar nuclear weapons. The museum also has a library with books and picture books relating to peace, nuclear weapons and other relevant topics, as well as a museum shop.


There are twenty each of museums and art museums ranked on TripAdvisor’s list, all must-visits celebrated for their individual and unique exhibits. The art museums are also not only revelled for what they have on show but for their architecture and gardens where one can enjoy nature through all four seasons; many users commented on how they lose track of time and find themselves healed from visiting. A number of facilities related to the disasters of the war ranked in the lists, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

 

Top 20 Best Art Museums in Japan 2018
1. Teshima Art Museum (Kagawa)
2. Fujishiro Seiji Museum (Tochigi)
3. Nezu Museum (Tokyo)
4. Otsuka Museum of Art (Tokushima)
5. Ghibli Museum Mitaka (Tokyo)
6. Adachi Museum of Art (Shimane)
7. Okada Museum of Art (Kanagawa)
8. Pola Museum of Art (Kanagawa)
9. Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa (Nagano)
10. The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo)

 

Top 20 Best Museums in Japan 2018
1. Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum (Nagasaki)
2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima)
3. Tokyo National Museum (Tokyo)
4. Motorcar Museum of Japan (Ishikawa)
5. Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History (Fukuoka)
6. Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum (Fukui)
7. The Museum Meiji-mura (Aichi)
8. Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (Aichi)
9. National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka)
10. Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo (Shimane)

 

If you’re looking to visit a museum while you’re in Japan then be sure to check out TripAdvisor for reference.

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  • Top 10 Landmarks in Japan – Popular Tourist Spots Announced by TripAdvisor

    26.May.2018 | SPOT

    Travel and restaurant website TripAdvisor® has unveiled the most popular landmarks around the world of 2018 for its Travellers’ Choice Awards.

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    This is the sixth edition of this ranking. 759 famous locations throughout the world with cultural and historical backgrounds were selected. Taking the top spot this year once again was Angkor Wat in Cambodia. From Japan, Fushimi Inari-Taisha ranked in at number one for the fourth year in a row for the Japanese selections. It also placed 24th worldwide and 5th in Asia.

     

    Seven brand new locations made it into the ranking, including Old City (Switzerland) and London Bridge (UK). In the Asia category, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (India) and Supertree Grove (Singapore) appeared for the first time. Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture made its debut in the list for Japan.

     

    Let’s take a closer look at the most popular tourist landmarks that ranked from Japan.

     

     

    Top 10 Landmarks in Japan

    (*Numbers in brackets denote their position last year.)

    1st (1) – Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Kyoto

    2nd (2) – Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto

    3rd (6) – Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima

    4th (5) – Senso-ji, Tokyo

    5th (8) – Todai-ji, Nara

    6th (3) – Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

    7th (10) – Himeji Castle, Hyogo

    8th (10) – Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

    9th (9) Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Tokyo

    10th (First Time Ranking) – Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima

    *Source:

    https://www.tripadvisor.jp/TravelersChoice-Landmarks-cTop-g294232

     

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    Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto placed number one once again for the fourth year in a row. The red ‘floating’ torii gate is truly a beautiful spectacle.

     

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    Kinkaku-ji placed second again with its dazzling and gorgeous yellow appearance.

     

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    In third place was Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a symbol of peace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history

     

    Full details can be found over on TripAdvisor, so be sure to reference it during your Japan travels!

     

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  • Top 20 Best Castles to Visit in Japan 2018 – TripAdvisor

    23.August.2018 | SPOT

    TripAdvisor® is the world’s biggest travel website for locating the best places to stay, eat and have fun. The rankings for each location are determined by the public who rate and review the places they visit.

     

    The website has just published its 2018 ranking for the best castles to visit in Japan.

    This marks the 6th run for best castles in the country. Included this year are 11 castles and 9 castle ruins.

    Coming in top place for the 3rd year in a row is Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture. It boasts as the first castle in Japan to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    The castle underwent significant renovation from 2009 to 2015. Known for its distinct white walls, the castle has been attracting much popularity in recent years.

    In 2nd place is Nijo in Kyoto which has gone up three places from last year.

    Ranking at 3rd place is Matsuyama Castle located in Matsuyama, the capital of Ehime Prefecture. This castle came in 3rd place last year too.

    Matsumoto Castle was chosen for 4th place. It also goes by the name “Crow Castle” due to its black exterior – quite the opposite of the white walls of Himeji Castle.

    Oka Castle came in 5th place, the highest ranking of the castle ruins. All that’s left of it now are stone walls, but it is known as the castle which served as a model in pianist Rentaro Taki’s song Kojo no Tsuki (‘The Moon Over the Ruined Castle‘). This is noted in the Japanese comments on TripAdvisor, with people describing the contrast between the moon and castle as breathtaking as mentioned in the song.

    Inuyama Castle in Ehime Prefecture came in at 7th place, moving up the list significantly. It’s one of the 12 original castles of Japan and known for its castle tower being designated as a national treasure.

     

    Castles are an important part of Japanese culture and an incredible immersive experience of the country’s history. Make use of this list to visit at least one during your trip!

     

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  • Top 30 Attractions in Japan by International Travelers 2018 – TripAdvisor

    15.June.2018 | SPOT

    TripAdvisor have announced the top 30 best attractions across Japan in 2018 as voted by international travelers. The list features the regular line-up of famous spots like shrines, temples and castles to more niche locations that even Japanese people aren’t familiar with.

    This marks the 10th time this ranking has taken place. Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto has clocked in at number one for the 5th year in a row. As of June 2018, the TripAdvisor page for the shrine has over 20,000 reviews, 70% of which are in languages other than Japanese. More than 25 languages have been recorded on the page, proving the shrine’s popularity overseas as a representative spots in Japan. Moving from 3rd place to 2nd place this year is Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and in 3rd place is Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine).

    There are several newcomers to the list this year, including Byodoin Temple which people may recognise as being printed on the back of 10 yen coins.

    Sanzen-in Temple has a gorgeous garden that is beautiful throughout all four seasons.

    Nezu Museum in Tokyo also made the list this year which is home to many national treasures and cultural assets. It first ranked last year for its entertainment facilities, but this year it’s earned popularity amongst foreign tourists for its greenery and tranquillity.

     

    7 places ranked in Kyoto, as well as 6 in Tokyo, and 2 each in Hiroshima, Nara and Kanagawa. 1 place ranked in each Ishikawa, Wakayama, Hyogo, Chiba, Kagoshima, Tochigi, Kagawa, Aichi, Gifu, Toyama, and Nagano.

     

    Check the list for yourself, and why not use it for reference when you come to Japan?

     

    Top 30 Attractions in Japan by International Travelers 2018

    Numbers in brackets denote the location’s ranking last year. Asterisks denote newcomers to the list.
    1st Place (1) – Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (Kyoto)
    2nd Place (3) – Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima)
    3rd Place (4) – Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine) (Hiroshima)
    4th Place (5) – Todai-ji Temple (Nara)
    5th Place (7) – Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (Tokyo)
    6th Place (14) – Kenrokuen Garden (Ishikawa)
    7th Place (10) – Koyasan Okunoin (Wakayama)
    8th Place (8) – Kinkakuji Temple (Kyoto)
    9th Place (9) – The Hakone Open-Air Museum (Kanagawa)
    10th Place (13) – Himeji Castle (Himeji)
    11th Place (30) – Sanjusangendo Temple (Kyoto)
    12th Place (11) – Nara Park (Nara)
    13th Place (26) – Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple (Chiba)
    14th Place (-) – Samurai Museum (Tokyo)
    15th Place (-) – Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley (Kagoshima)
    16th Place (-) – Senso-ji Temple (Tokyo)
    17th Place (-) – Nikko Tosho-gu (Tochigi)
    18th Place (-) – Ritsurin Garden (Kagawa)
    19th Place (25) – Ryogoku Kokugikan (Tokyo)
    20th Place (12) – Eikando Zenrinji Temple (Kyoto)
    21st Place (16) – Hase-dera Temple (Kanagawa)
    22nd Place (-) – Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings (Tokyo)
    23rd Place (-) – Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology (Aichi)
    24th Place (-) – The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (Gifu)
    25th Place (29) – Kyoto Station Building (Kyoto)
    26th Place (-) – Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (Toyama)
    27th Place (*) – Byodoin Temple (Kyoto)
    28th Place (*) – Nezu Museum (Tokyo)
    29th Place (-) – Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (Nagano)
    30th Place (*) – Sanzen-in Temple (Kyoto)

    *Taken from reviews, numbers of posts and unique algorithms on TripAdvisor between April 207-March 2018.

     

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    Chocomoo Interview

     

    “I’ve loved drawing ever since I was a kid. I’d draw in notebooks, sketchbooks. When I went to New York for the first time, too, I kept a sketch diary and would draw in the park. I was later asked by a guy who managed a gallery if I’d put my work on at his site.”

     

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    One distinct aspect of Chocomoo’s art is the black and white monotone colouring. When asked why she draws in this way, she said: “I did calligraphy from elementary school to high school and was captivated by how we would write in black. When using black ink, it has a matte look to it, and when using black paint, it’s got a glossiness. I think that’s part of the reason why I do it.”

     

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    Interview/Original Text: Naho Sotome (五月女菜穂)

    Photos: 大黒屋 Ryan 尚保

    English Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    As Chocomoo looks to expand her portfolio and reach, we look forward to seeing what she has in store for her exhibition in Harajuku.

     

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    On July 11, the day before the opening of the exhibition, there was a special opening ceremony and private viewing event held exclusively for staff and the press, which was a massive success. 

     

    Press releases of the event reveal that artists Yasumasa Morimura and Sebastian Masuda were present at the ceremony for photos and greetings. 

    Yasumasa Morimura commented with deep emotion: “I am so happy to have finally taken part in the Doraemon Exhibition. For this creation, I used lots of paper to make the costumes. I collaborated with Junko Koike, collecting lots of Doraemon manga as raw materials for the dress. As Doraemon has the power to manipulate time and space, and has the ability to create a door that leads to anywhere he desires, I thought a grey dress would be appropriate. In fact, the entire exhibition venue is just like the inside of Doraemon’s pocket ー it is packed with the work of 28 solo artists and groups. What a fun experience it is. I hope that many people in the Kansai region come see this,” he explained.

    Sebastian Masuda commented: “I’m actually the same age as Doraemon and I share the same birthday as Noby; the main character from the series. I was born with a love for Doraemon.”

     

    He then commented on his art piece: “I actually wanted to make it as big as the Budha statue at Todaiji Temple in Nara, but we wouldn’t be able to fit it in the venue so I made it two metres tall instead”, he laughed. “I collected materials from markets from all around the world, so the final piece is literally made up of the colours of the world,” he continued. 

     

    His message to the people of Osaka is: “I would love it if lots of children came to see this. It would really make my day to hear reactions from them like “whoa, it’s huge” or “that’s so cool!””

     

    Please come stop by to visit your favourite Doraemon!

  • Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 Celebrated With Exhibition at Shibuya PARCO

    05.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    An exhibition will be held at the Shibuya branch of shopping complex PARCO to celebrate the forthcoming second season of the popular anime adaptation of Teasing Master Takagi-san which will begin airing on July 7.

     

    Teasing Master Takagi-san is an ongoing romantic comedy and slice of life manga series by Sōichirō Yamamoto serialised in Monthly Shōnen Sunday. The manga has sold over 7 million copies. The first season of the anime series aired from January to March last with an OVA in July.

    The exhibition will plunge fans of the series into its world with original illustrations for the anime and manga and more on display. Fans can also get their hands on exclusive merchandise including capsule toys and canvas art.

    A3 Poster – ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    Acrylic Key Rings (7 Designs) – ¥500 (Tax Included) *Capsule toy; design given is random

    Folder Set: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

    Canvas Art: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)

     

    Fans of Takagi and her antics with Nishikata won’t want to miss out on this special limited-run exhibition.

     

    ©2019 Sōichirō Yamamoto・Shogakukan/Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 2 Production Committee

  • Described as the “most interesting sweets shop in the world”, PAPABUBBLE sells a range of cute and fun confections. On July 1, PAPABUBBLE will open a Candy Art Museum on basement floor 2 of GINZA SIX.

     

    PAPABUBBLE has set up shop in over 30 cities worldwide. The main shop will contain art pieces made from candy. Considering all the candy shops that are currently out there in the world, nobody has ever seen anything quite like this before. 

    The museum contains around 20 different ornaments that are edible sweets. Visitors who wish to purchase the ornaments can do so. Besides the standard sweets, the display items and range of sweets for sale will be changed every day. 

     

    When the museum opens in July, visitors will be able to enjoy the wonderful texture and flavour of candy lampshades, enjoy the artistic and charming glow of candy mushrooms, and gaze in bewilderment at an antique vase baumkuchen cake. 

    To commemorate its grand opening, customers who spend more than ¥5,000 (after tax) on display items or on the sweets shop range will receive either a soft gummy brain or soft gummy dentures. This campaign will be running throughout July. 

    Along with the grand opening of the art museum, there will also be Ginza-limited products on sale that are completely unique to the Ginza branch. The lineup includes sweets made from ingredients that are rarely seen in Japan. This includes colourful and fruity chocolate such as rocky roads and soft candy sweets made from snow sugar. PAPABUBBLE will also sell souvenirs that represent Ginza such as Kirihako boxes which are beautiful boxes made from wood. 

     

    If you are in Tokyo, you just cannot miss this museum that is overflowing with originality.

  • KAWS’ HOLIDAY Scultupure Makes its Way to Mount Fuji With Merchandise Collection

    28.June.2019 | FASHION / SPOT

    The next stop for New York-based contemporary artist KAWS’ HOLIDAY sculpture known as COMPANION is Mount Fuji. The 40-meter long art piece will arrive near the mountain on July 18 as teased in a sketch drawn by KAWS.

    The HOLIDAY project is a collaboration between KAWS and Hong Kong-based creative studio AllRightsReserved. The COMPANION has made his way around Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong, with his fourth stop set for the land of the rising sun’s World Heritage Site and symbol Mount Fuji.

     

    KAWS:HOLIDAY JAPAN is a camping experience sponsored by Herschel Supply where visitors can admire the sculpture with Mount Fuji in the background at the Fumotoppara campsite in Shizuoka Prefecture. It will take place from July 19 to 24.

    KAWS will travel to Japan to kick off the experience with the “Ceremonial Camp Day” event on July 18. Tickets will go on sale worldwide for just 24 hours via the official website from June 28 at 10:00am (JST). The tickets will roll through a lottery system with 400 randomly selected winners.

     

    Exclusive merchandise will also be available to purchase worldwide over on DING DON Takuhaibin’s online store from July 18.

    Items include various plush toys, 9.5″ vinyl figures, a set of three kokeshi dolls, a set of four ceramic plates, t-shirts, cushions and more. They are all limited in stock so be sure to get your hands on them quick. There will also be Japan-exclusive colours for the t-shirts and plush toys too.

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