Creative Travel— The Art Islands, Japan


As designers and creatives, travel is one of the most important ways to makes shifts in work and the art islands of Japan might be one of the most inspiring places to be. World-class art and art installations meet conceptual architecture surrounded by the most stunning nature scenes. These islands are a place to fill your soul and spirit.

What makes the art islands different than the average art museum is the overall experience. Each island has several museums and installations dotted around that you can casually access by foot or bicycle. Museums vary from tiny to large scale and are often an expression of architecture as art, or art and architecture in conversation. While, the many art installations interplay between interior and exterior space.

One of the most awe-inspiring of the museums/ installations is the Teshima Art Museum. It unites the creative visions of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa. While in it, silence is encouraged and there is a feeling of being one with nature. Materials and structures respond to the elements, and it is easy to be swept away by the power of its simplicity.

Alyssa Lewis