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How to get to Naoshima

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The easiest way to reach Naoshima is to take the shinkansen or a regular train from JR Okayama Station to Uno Station on the Uno Line. When you alight before you will be a square, and if you walk towards the right there will be a ferry port. Otherwise, you can take a bus to Uno Station directly from Okayama Station. Here’s a piece of advice before you to go Naoshima: it’s a very small island, and there’s only one convenience store, so if there’s anything you need make sure to buy it before you board the ferry!

When you reach the island, you’ll be greeted by this pumpkin created by Yayoi Kusama!

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When you reach Miyaura Port, you’ll be able to see the red pumpkin art installation by Yayoi Kusama! It greets you as though it’s welcoming you to the island. There’s also a bench nearby that seats one and seems like it’s come from the near future, so why not start taking photos here?

Lodging: there are many guesthouses on Naoshima! But don’t forget to make reservations in advance! 

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There are quite a few guesthouses on Naoshima. Most of them are very reasonable, and offer a variety of options, including dormitory rooms, private rooms, the option for meals, and online booking. You should definitely make a reservation in advance. You can make reservations on a website called Sunao no Naoshima. Also, there aren’t really places to eat out, so it would be good to get the plans that include breakfast and dinner. Depending on the place, there are also guesthouses where you can rent bicycles! Contact the lodging house for more details! 

HP: www.naoshima.net/en/accommodations/index.html

HP: www.naoshima.net/stay/index.html (Japanese Only)

1.Benesse House Museum

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If you go to Naoshima, you should definitely go to the Benesse House Museum! This place overpowers visitors with the amazing unity between nature and the modern building. The entire building is art, as it’s an art museum designed by Tadao Ando. It’s also a hotel, and while the price is slightly high, it’s worth paying to stay in this special space surrounded by art. 

HP: benesse-artsite.jp/en/art/benessehouse-museum.html

HP: benesse-artsite.jp/art/benessehouse-museum.html (Japanese Only)

Address: Kotohiki-chi, Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa-ken (Google Map)

2. Chichu Art Museum

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Chichu Art Museum is another place that you should definitely visit! This is another art museum designed by Tadao Ando, and compared to Benesse House Museum there are more installations that you can experience for a fun space. There are also programs that you can participate in after the museum closes (reservations necessary). Why not try experiencing something new here? 

HP: benesse-artsite.jp/en/art/chichu.html

HP: benesse-artsite.jp/art/chichu.html (Japanese Only)

Address: 3449-1 Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa-ken (Google Map)

3. I ♥ Yu, designed by Shinro Ohtake, is the island’s only public bath

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It isn’t too much to say that most tourists coming to Naoshima are looking forward to this sento (public bath). It’s in the Miyaura area, and the novel design is made entirely by Shinro Ohtake in collaboration with graf. This is definitely a place that all people staying in the Miyaura area should visit! You can go in even if you have tattoos! You can experience the world of Shinro Ohtake with your whole body while the hot water refreshes you and helps get rid of your tiredness. You can’t miss this!

HP: benesse-artsite.jp/en/art/naoshimasento.html

HP: benesse-artsite.jp/art/naoshimasento.html (Japanese Only)

Address: Ebisukamocho, Naoshima, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa (Google Map)

4. Art House Project: combining traditional Japanese homes with modern design

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This art project renovates old Japanese homes in the Motomura area of northern Naoshima, and it fascinates visitors. Within each part of Motomura there are these projects where you can enjoy a traditional building in harmony with modern, elegant art. It’s incredibly interesting just to walk around Motomura!

HP: benesse-artsite.jp/en/art/arthouse.html

HP: benesse-artsite.jp/art/arthouse.html (Japanese Only)

5. A must-see for Tadao Ando fans! ANDO MUSEUM

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The characteristic of Tadao Ando’s architecture is the carvings etched into the concrete. The Ando Museum is in a building that’s over 100 years old in which only the inside was renovated to completely become Ando’s world. This architecture can’t be understood just by looking at it, only people that have been here can understand it. 

HP: benesse-artsite.jp/en/art/ando-museum.html

HP: benesse-artsite.jp/art/ando-museum.html (Japanese Only)

Address: 736-2 Naoshima-chi, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa (Google Map)

 

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