The architecture of awe: Musashino Art University Library by Sou Fujimoto

Sou Fujimoto designed his own “Library of Babel” at the Musashino Art University. It is the architecture of awe – a mesmerizing world of duality materialized by a spiral forest that consists of books and the absence of books (empty bookcases).

Forget about taking selfies! The Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, Tokyo

The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is by no means a small-scale Disneyland. Originally conceived by Hayao Miyazaki and realized by his son Goro Miyazaki, it is a relatively small museum full of peculiar details. You could also watch Ghibli’s original short film, such as “Boro the Caterpillar,” Miyazaki’s latest production.

Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation – Mori Art Museum

Experience the sukiya-zukuri: Setouchi Minato no Yado

In scenic/historic Onomichi City, Hiroshima, you can stay at an exquisite, traditional Japanese sukiya-style house renovated by a local business Discoverlink Setouchi. Named Setouchi Minato no Yado, the houses overlook downtown and stunningly beautiful Seto Naikai Inland Sea.