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Naoshima Island is best known for it’s vibrant art museums and sculptures that are spread across the island making it a visual feast for the eyes. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and spectacular views of the ocean, visitors can relax with the sun while taking in one of the many art museums Naoshima Island has to offer.
Much of Naoshima Islands art has been supplied by the Benesse company which has provided Naoshima Island with a unique range of art both domestic and from overseas. Naoshima Island is not far from the main island of Japan so visitors will definitely want to make a trip out to take in the sites.
The Miyanoura area of Naoshima Island is the area where most visitors enter via the port. Visitors can visit various shops and restaurants spread around the area as well as store their belonging in a coin locker or rent a bicycle and see the island by bike. Naoshima Islands Miyanoura are is also home to unique sites such as I love Yu, Miyanoura Gallery 6, and the 007 museum.
Miyanoura Gallery 6
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Once a Pachinko parlor, The Miyanoura Gallery 6 is now a modern museum that invites locals and visitors to enjoy the ever-changing themes of the gallery as it is always showcasing new exhibitions.
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James Bond himself makes an appearance at the 007 Museum in Naoshima Island Japan. The 007 Museums main focus in on the 007 novel “The Man with the Red Tattoo” of where part of the setting for the novel was in Naoshima Island. With the aim of having the novel adapted into a movie, the 007 Museum aims at hopefully seeing a movie one day with Naoshima Island as the backdrop.
I Love Yu
The I Love Yu bath house is an original created of which the bath house is also a gallery where visitors can relax in the hot bath while seeing original creations. The I Love Yu bath house is most definitely a unique experience.
The Honmura area of Naoshima Island is located on the east end of the island which is a host to many original restaurants, cafes, and of course museums. The quaint and cute atmosphere of the city offer a welcome escape from the busy cities of Japan.
Originally designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the Ando Museum is a combination of concrete and wood which has transformed this 100 year old wooden house into a modern masterpiece.
Visitors make their way past large concrete walls as they see the various life works of Tadao Ando in the form of pictures, and designs.
Art House Project
The Art House Project is most definitely on of the most original and exciting exhibitions underway in the Honmura District of the Naoshima Island. Started in 1998, The Art House Project is a collective of artists who take normal residences throughout the Honmura district and transform them into works of art which showcase the beauty and history of Naoshima Island. There are currently 7 Art House Project exhibitions to choose from; Kadoya, Minamidera, Kinza, Go’o Shrine, Ishibashi, Gokaisho, and Haisha. Each offer the artists unique perspective and art in relation to Naoshima Island.
The Benesse House Area
The Benesse House area of Naoshima Island is definitely the main attraction of the Naoshima Island. Visitors come from around the world to see many of the various creative museums that are spread around the Bennese House area. Visitors will want to take their time and step into a few museums while enjoying the surrounding ocean view and of course Yayoi Kusama’s famous Yellow Pumpkin.
Benesse House Museum
A combination of museum and hotel with the concept of “Coexistence of Nature, Art and Architecture”, visitors will most definitely put the Benesse House Museum of Naoshima Island at the top of their list of things to see.
The Benesse House Museum is located on the southern end of Naoshima Island overlooking the Seto Island sea where the buildings themselves serve as art in coordinance with the surrounding nature and various exhibitions located within the buildings.
Chichu Art Museum
The Chichu Art Museum was build mostly underground to avoid altering the beauty of the natural surrounding areas. The natural light that seeps into the museum not only offers an abundance of light, it also changes the atmosphere and appearance of the artworks throughout the day.
Artworks of famous foreign artists such as laude Monet, James Turrell, and Walter De Maria can be seen on display here at the Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima Island.
Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Pumpkin
Yayoi Kusama’s Yellow Pumpkin is undoubtably the symbol of the art influence in Naoshima Island. The creation of world renowned Yayoi Kusama who is known for her abstract approach to art and Pop Art influences.
The Yellow Pumpkin sits on the southern shores of Naoshima Island where visitors can see this incredible work of art.
Naoshima Island Bicycle Rentals
Naoshima Island is not a very big island itself so visitors can take in all the sights of the island by bicycle. The museums scattered about the Naoshima Island all provide parking for those who decide to see the island by bicycle.The Miyanoura area and Honmachi areas of the Naoshima Island are popular for their bicycle rentals as they offer a variety of bicycle shops for those eager to ride.
By Shinkansen: you are able to take the JR Sanyo Nozomi Shinkansen to Okayama and from there head to Uno Station. The ticket is approximately 15,000 yen and the trip takes around 3.5 hours. Tokyo Station (Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen) → Okayama Station (JR Uno Line) → Uno Station
By Air: You are able to book a flight from the major Tokyo airports directly to Okayama for around 15,000 yen. The flight takes around 1.5 hours. From Okayama ride the JR Uno line to Uno Station to catch the ferry.
By Shinkansen: you are able to take the JR Sanyo Nozomi Shinkansen to Okayama The ticket is approximately 6,000 yen and the trip takes around 1.5 hours. Osaka Station (Tokaido-Sanyo Line Local) → Shin-Osaka Station (Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen) → Okayama Station (JR Uno Line) → Uno Station
By Bus: You are able to take the JR Bus or the Ryobi Highway Bus to Okayama from Osaka Station. The trip costs around 3,000 yen and takes around 3 hours. From Okayama ride the JR Uno line to Uno Station to catch the ferry.
From Uno Station
Once you’ve arrived at Uno Station you will need to head to Uno Port to take a ferry from the city to Naoshima. It costs approximately 300 yen per person and runs for most of the day. You can find the ferry timetable as well as other important arrival information on the Naoshima website below.
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Address: Naoshima-cho, Kagawa District, Kagawa Prefecture
Duration: 20 minute Ferry ride from Uno Port to Miyanoura Port
Website: Town-Naoshima Tourism Association