Japan a country with a rich history and culture, what fascinates me the most is the architecture, japan gives the best of both worlds with both historic and modern architecture, the Skytree and Senso-Ji temple are good examples of two vastly different buildings in one city, japan on its own is a country with diverse people, that always seem to wanna help, this alone will make your trip to Japan one of the best experiences you will have, it’s been an island of mystery even before the Portuguese first set foot on its shores in 1543, below are 18 Amazing places you can visit when you find yourself in Japan.
1. Reversible Destiny Lofts
This Revolutionary complex was built using three forms, the cube, sphere, and the tube, your kids will feel completely at home, which is a good thing, the joyful colors instill a sense of function and activity, you get weirdly placed sockets, right on the ceiling, windows placed almost as if not intentional, and no interior doors.
Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins
2. Stairs House
The stair house truly stands out, its a family house covered with stairs from top to bottom, this might be the coolest house ever, the glass slide allows sun rays to shine into the house, and also create a spectacle when the lights are on at night, this is the type of design meant to bring people together, and its shown by the kindness of the owners of the house.
Y+M Design Office
3. Gate Tower Building
It’s not always that a design meeting ends with, let’s build a building over a highway, welcome to Japan, it is a spectacular sight, it’s totally strange yet beautiful, the truth is that 16 story buildings are in abundance but, this one is unique, birth from a compromise between the government, the building itself change the highway and city planning laws of japan
Azusa Sekkei and Yamamoto-Nishihara Kenchiku Sekkei Jimushō.
4. Umeda Sky Building
The Umeda Sky Building consists of two towers connected by a ring-like floating garden observatory on the 39th floor, with great views of the city, the building contains offices, stores, restaurants, and other facilities, it’s a great place to visit if you want to get away from the noise of the city, or simply want peace and tranquility.
5. Organic Building
The building that looks out of place and at the same has a sense of belonging, it’s cladded with a vertical garden of plants and trees indigenous to the area, what immediately catches your eyes is the pipes that sticks out of the walls, it is really something to see
6. St Mary’s Cathedral
The St Mary’s Cathedral in Tokyo is another example of how different Japan is when it comes to architecture, traditional cathedrals follow a similar form, but the one in Tokyo stands out in its uniqueness, Designed by the famous architect Kenzo Tange, it is in the shape of a cross with eight hyperbolic parabolas up from the structure, the present structure replaced the original cathedral that was burned down in World War 2.
7. Nakagin Capsule Tower
Consisting of 140 capsules stacked and rotated at varying angles around a central core, the Nakagin Capsule Tower is the first architecture design, build with intentionally to serve traveling businessman, It was the first and last of its kind, many take it as a failed idea, but is quite the opposite, many of the ideas of the Nakagin Capsule Tower is still applied to many concepts.
8. 21 21 Design Sight
The 21 21 Design Sight is both a design museum and a design masterpiece, by the legendary Japanese architect Tadao Ando and the award-winning fashion designer Issey Miyake. It is a must-see if you are a student of design.
Tadao Ando and Issey Miyake.
9. Reiyukai Shakaden Temple
Although a temple the Reiyukai Shakaden Temple looks nothing like one, the pyramid style structure is more like something out of a sci–fi movie, it’s the temple of the Inner Trip Reiyukai, an added advantage is that they provide free Japanese classes to foreigners, a great place to go if you want to brush up on your Japanese.
The TODAIJI Temple was constructed in 752 as the head temple of all Buddhist temples in Japan, it is a complex of buildings that include one of the worlds largest wooden structures, even if the reconstruction is only two-thirds of the original, it has several museums and treasure halls, the structure is huge and so is the Budha in it, a must-see.
11. Asahi Beer HQ
Tokyo, a city of wonders in a relatively small area, some of these buildings look like any other skyscraper, but then there’s the Asahi beer HQ it might not even be as high as the others around it but it certainly stands out, consisting of two buildings, one built like a tall beer glass complete with foam and all, and the other a smaller beer glass with flames on it, also a great place to visit if like beer.
No nails were used in the construction of the Kiyomizudera, it’s named after the waterfall in the complex, the Kiyomizudera is one of japan’s oldest temples, the only advice I can give you when going to the temple is not to drink from all three streams at once, one is OK, all three is considered greedy, and try going during the week if you do not want to wait in line for everything.
The star-shaped fort Goryokaku was completed about a 150 years ago, its official use was for the defense of Hakodate against the imperialist threat, the fort was turned into a public park when it lost its military importance, the best way to fully appreciate the fort is to view it from the Goryokaku Tower, there you’ll get a full panoramic view of the star.
14. Tokyo Tower
The Tokyo tower is one of the most noticeable structures in Tokyo, it was modeled after the Eiffel tower but is 13 meters taller, it serves as both a tourist destination and a broadcast antenna, the white and orange tower is a symbol of Japanese postwar rebirth standing at 1093 feet (333 meters) high.
15. Kyoto Station
You won’t miss the Kyoto Station even if you wanted to, the Kyoto station, the station is the main transport hub, whether your intent is to take a bus or a train, the design is truly futuristic for the period it was built, with its exposed steel beam roof, it incorporates a shopping mall, hotel, movie theater, department store, and several local government facilities under one 15-story roof, although it’s not a sightseeing destination, it’s one that is majestic ail the same
16. Motenashi Dome
the Motenashi Dome is a two in one, you encounter the beautifully constructed wooden gate before you even get to the dome, the dome itself is an umbrella-shaped structure at the east entrance of the Kanazawa station.
17. The Iceberg
The building itself might be the most fascinating in Japan, it was completed in 2006, designed to look like an iceberg, the glass elevator on its own is a marvel to view.
Creative Designers International
18. Tokyo Skytree
We cannot end this list without looking at the tallest tower in the world, standing at a whopping 2,080 ft (634 meters) second only to the Burj Khalifa, it’s primarily a broadcasting tower, the observation deck has some of the best and highest views of Tokyo city, the deck itself holds the record as being the highest observation decks in the world