One of the most progressive, dynamic, and celebrated hotbeds of contemporary art in the world is a small fishing island sleeping on the waves of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. That might sound like a contradiction, but it encapsulates the spirit of Naoshima: an immersive art experience that fuses stubborn opposites like nature and culture, and old and new, into perfect harmony.This magical art retreat is a testament to Japan’s devotion to good design, and the conviction that good design can create a better life.Benesse Corporation sponsors most of the work on the island, and their museums are world-...
With a range of hotels and picturesque ryokan, plus the pristine Azusa River running through the city, Matsumoto is a mountain retreat with all the comforts of the city.In Matsumoto City, you’ll find all the good stuff like a historic castle, local craft beer, clean water from the surrounding mountains, gorgeous onsen(hot springs) and even world-renowned pop art from legendary Yayoi Kusama. The city is also a great launch pad to go to other natural gems in NaganoPrefecture.It’s a breeze to get to this chill getaway—only about three hours from Tokyo— so what are you waiting for? Here are some o...