Eyeing Architectural Wonders
On this episode, we look back at our architecture features and pick up some wondrous, inspiring shapes and their place in the landscape. In Hiroshima Prefecture, the Itsukushima Shrine literally sits on the ocean. In Kagawa Prefecture, an island dedicates itself to art and architecture. And in Nagoya, a merchant's residence, which inspired a world-renowned architect, has been preserved. Let's unravel their secrets.

Itsukushima Shrine

Originally built in 593, the mystical shrine complex stands on Itsukushima—also known as Miyajima—an island in the Seto Inland Sea.

Naoshima Public Bath House "I Love Yu"

A fabulous public bathhouse with contemporary art serves as a place where islanders can mingle with visitors.


Displays restored buildings from the Meiji era, when Japan opened up to the West.


From Tokyo's Haneda Airport, it's 90-minutes to Hiroshima. By Shinkansen, it takes 4 hours.

From Tokyo's Haneda Airport, it takes 80-minutes to Takamatsu in Kagawa.

Shinkansen links Tokyo to Nagoya in about an hour and 40 minutes. Train services are available from Chubu Centrair International Airport to the city center.