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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    From national holiday Thursday 21st March to Sunday 14th April, world heritage Nijō Castle (Kyoto) is holding a cherry blossom festival to celebrate its 25th anniversary called “Seikaiisan tōroku 25 shūnenkinen Nijōjō Sakuramatsuri 2019”. Last spring, approximately 304,594 people visited the castle during the day and during the night illumination event, making Nijō castle one of the most popular places in Kyoto to watch cherry blossoms.

     

    Nijō castle is home to 300 cherry blossom trees. There are approximately 50 different varieties of cherry blossoms and some bloom earlier and later than others. Kanhi-zakura tend to bloom first, followed by Somei Yoshino, Yamazakura, Segakuzakura and Satozakura, meaning that you have approximately one month to enjoy cherry blossoms!

     

    For two years now, the night Sakura festival includes projection mapping on the castle gates, illumination on the rapeseed blossoms, and much more! This time the festival space will be the largest it’s ever been. This has been powered up to become an even more enjoyable event.

     

    Gate projection mapping

    Blue butterflies form on the gate, turn into gold and dance into the castle as if they are bringing spring into Nijō castle.

     

    Illumination of thin Sakura-lined paths and Rapeseed Sakura

    This will be the first time that the small path that passes out of the park of Sakura will also be illuminated. The area before the thin pathway is a great photo spot that visitors can enjoy! This is where the illuminated rapeseed blossoms will be.

     

    Seiryu garden illumination

    At Seiryu garden, the illumination suddenly moves when you shine your smartphone light on it, and when you sit on a bench, the trees in front of you will suddenly light up ー this illumination is an interactive experience affected by the movements of the visitors!

     

    There are also a variety of other special events such as a live flower arranging performance and a traditional arts performance called “Denraku”. This is a festival that combines traditional and digital art and it is a flower viewing experience unique to Nijō Castle.

  • ASOBUILD: The New Facility in Yokohama Offering Cutting-Edge Entertainment

    19.March.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    ASOBUILD is a new entertainment facility connected directly to Yokohama Station that just recently opened on March 15, 2019. The complex offers new ways to enjoy entertainment. Prior to its opening, Chinese model Estuna attended its press conference to find out more.

    ASOBUILD is a renovated building that was formerly an annex of the Yokohama Central Post Office. The entire complex from the basement floor up to the roof has been transformed into one giant play area. Each floor has its own theme which offers shopping, exciting interactive activities, workshops, the latest technology, a kid’s park and more. The various floors serve to entertain a whole range of different people.

     

     

    MONOTORY – Japan’s biggest hands-on market (Floor 3F)

    Floor 3F is home to MONOTORY, Japan’s largest hands-on market with over 150 artists officially signed up to it. It is here that workshops to create well over 200 different handicrafts in 20 different fields take place. Get involved and make leather crafts, ceramics, candles, flower arrangements and much more. Workshops can be signed up for over on the official website.

     

    MONOTORY

    Location: ASOBUILD Floor 3F

    Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

    Sign Up:https://monotory.me/

     

     

    ALE BOX – An Interactive Site Currently Home to the Poop Museum (Floor 2F)

    ALE-BOX can be found on the 2nd floor. It is home to a range of permanent experience-based events and is also host to limited-time ones too, such as Unko Museum Yokohama―the world’s first amusement park themed on poop―which is running now until July 15. You really need to see it for yourself, but to give an example, there is a giant poop volcano in the center of the park which releases poop like lava.

    In the interactive area there is a game where you can stand on poop, another where you can make poop by shouting, and other poop-related interactive games.

    There is even cute pink and sparkly poop area made for taking Instagrammable photos.

    During the press conference, an artist named 326 drew poop portraits of people. There’s plenty of things you can rest assured you’ve never experienced before happening at the Unko Museum, so don’t hold it in―get on over there.

     

    Also on the same floor is an escape game and a VR picture book made by Akihiro Nishino of the stand-up comedy duo King Kong. The activities and events happening on this floor will continue to change so there will always be something new to enjoy whenever you visit.

     

    Unko Museum Yokohama

    Address: ALE-BOX, ASOBUILD Floor 2F, 2-14-9 Takashima, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
    Running: March 15, 2019 – July 15, 2019

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Price: Junior High School Student and Older – ¥1,700 / Elementary School Student – ¥900 / Toddler – Free

    Opening Hours

    [Monday-Thursday] 11:00-20:00 (Last Entry 19:30)

    [Friday-Sunday & Holidays] 10:00-21:00 (Last Entry 20:30)

    Official Website: https://ale-box.com/unkomuseum/

     

     

    POST STREET – Enjoy Yokohama Cuisine & Entertainment (Floor 1F)

    POST STREET is located on the 1st floor and is directly connected to the East Exit of Yokohama Station. This ‘gourmet street’ is lined with 18 restaurants serving up Yokohama-style food such as the popular Shi Umai BAR, the all-new Niboshi Soba created by the owner of HechiKan, popular donut chain DUMBO Doughnuts and Coffee, the cheese restaurant DAIGOMI which is always booked up, and so on.

    The cheeseburgers served at DAIGOMI BURGER, a restaurant and branch of Minamiaoyama- and Ikebukuro-based cheese restaurant DAIGOMI, are different from regular cheeseburgers as cheese is made as the main ingredient.

    Making the burger patty 100% beef is a key step to bringing out the full enjoyment of the cheese. The buns are made with Japanese brown rice flour. Etsuna was very satisfied with hers, saying: “The D.G.M Cheeseburger is loaded with cheese. Ir’s delicious with the BBQ sauce, it adds a little sweetness.”

     

    DAIGOMI BURGER

    Location: POST STREET, ASOBUILD Floor 1F

    Menu: D.G.M Cheeseburger – Lunch ¥1,780 (Tax Included) / Grand ¥1,674 (Tax Included), and more

     

     

    PITCH CLUB – An Amusement Bar, Lounge & Adult Play Area (Floor B1F)

    PITCH CLUB is an amusement bar and lounge on the basement floor currently in its pre-opening period. Its grand opening is set for Friday April 5. Created as a ‘sophisticated play area for adults,’ the space is a fusion of art, technology and sophisticated décor styled in the image of a Brooklyn bar.

    Games include billiards with pink tables and cues, table tennis, pinball, board games and more. Play a game while enjoying a cocktail made by some of Japan’s leading bartenders or a rich wine brewed in Yokohama.

    There is even an in-house darts game called Flash Darts that makes use of projection mapping. There are various ways to play and the targets can be changed too.

    As well as the open space there are individual rooms too with stylish artwork covering the walls. These make for a perfect place for a private party or get-together.

     

    PITCH CLUB

    Location: ASOBUILD Floor B1F

    Pre-Opening Period: March 15, 2019 – April 4, 2019

    Grand Opening: April 5, 2019

    Opening Hours: 6:00pm to Midnight (Until 4:00am on Fridays, Saturdays & Public Holidays(

    Price: Men ¥3,000 / Women ¥1,000 (comes with 1 drink)

     

     

    And there’s plenty more where that came from. The rooftop is home to a multisport court with basketball and football. The kid’s park will open on the 4th floor in May. The whole building is decked out with artwork from up-and-coming visionary artists.

     

    Etsuna summed up her thoughts of her visit: “Each floor offers different atmospheres to enjoy. There’s art in various places so there are plenty of spots to snap photos for social media! Kids and adults alike can have fun here, so be sure to pay it a visit.”

     

    See ASOBUILD yourself and experience cutting-edge entertainment you won’t find anywhere else!

     

    Model:Etsuna Otsuka
    Writer:Sayoko Ishii
    Photographer:Kayo Sekiguchi

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