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Known as art island, Naoshima is a nationally and internationally highly regarded island. Most tourist spots are created by the project "Benesse Art Site Naoshima" in charge of making this island a place for all art-related activities. It is a project that links the rich natural landscape of Naoshima, local culture and contemporary art. Starting from "Benesse House" containing a contemporary museum and a hotel, there are many places where you can enjoy art, such as underground museum "Chichu Art Museum" and "Art House Project" in which local houses are transformed into pieces of art. On top of that, several massive objects, created by world famous artist, Yayoi Kusama, are displayed on this island and have now became a landmark of Naoshima.
- Naoshima, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa
- Contact No.
- 5-min walk to reach Uno Port from JR Uno Station. 20 min ferry ride on Shikoku Kisen Ferry from there. Get off at Miyanoura Port.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 1 day
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Landmark of Naoshima: Pumpkins
Arriving at Miyanoura Port, you will see the artworks of Yayoi Kusama called "Yellow Pumpkin and "Red Pumpkin." Surrounded by the blue sea and sky, these artworks look wonderful. It has became a landmark of Naoshima. You can get inside the Red Pumpkin to take memorable pictures.
Fusion of art and hotel: Benesse House
Designed by the famous architect, Tadao Ando, it is the center piece of the art project. As a result, there are many artworks exhibited inside this building. It is also a resort hotel where you can enjoy art, nature and architecture all in one place. Guest rooms are also designed using four different themes. Everything is a piece of art in this building.
Situated underground: Chichu Art Museum
This museum is also designed by Tadao Ando. It is an innovative building that is located underground. As you walk inside the building with no outside view, you will observe the artworks with some natural light filtering from the outside. In the permanent exhibition, you will see works of Claud Monet, James Turrell, and other distinguished artists.
Naoshima Bath "I♥湯"
Designed by artist, Shinro Ohtake, it is an art facility where you can also take a bath. This public bath is created as a place where people of Naoshima can recharge and also where tourists from Japan and from other countries can communicate with locals. Not only the outside and inside of the building, everything, including the bath, the pictures on the wall, the mosaic and even the toilets, reflect the unique universe of Shinro Ohtake.
"Art House Project" in which houses are transformed into a piece of art
This is an art project that transforms empty houses and old local houses into a piece of art. There are seven art houses in the village of Naoshima, where local people are still living today. "Haisha" is an artwork that transformed an old dentist's office by putting iron boards. The entire house has been transformed into an art object.
Old coffee shops
In Honmura area of Naoshima, there are many ancient residences made of traditional burnt cedar plates, surrounded by walls made of white lime plaster. You will see the nostalgic atmosphere of an old Japanese town. On top of that, many houses are renovated into relaxing coffee shops. It is a great place to take a break during your walk.