Let’s go to Naoshima…. The Art Island

image2Hello everyone!

Have you ever heard about this place?

I guess many of you answered “No”.

By the way, in recent years it became a very popular place.

It was selected by Conde Nast Traveler, an American sightseeing magazine, as one of the “seven places in the world you should see next.” The island is also mentioned in “The Man with the Red Tattoo,” the 007 novel written by Raymond Benson and published in England.

I  totally agree with it, so only add  that if you want to know about Japan a little more than only Geisha, Sumo and Sushi you have to come there.image10

Where is it?

Naoshima is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea. Officially it  belongs to Kanagawa prefecture.

How to get there?

The only way to access the island is by ferry.  You can enter in Naoshima through
Miyanoura Port or Hommura port. Miyanoura served by ferries from/to Takamatsu, Uno and Inujima. What about Hommura port, it has only infrequent ferry connections to/from Uno.

What about transportation there?
You can walk, take a bus or rent a bicycle.

What to see?

  1. Chichu Art Museum 


It was designed by the most famous architecture in Japan- Ando Tadao. To ensure that the museum does not affect the beautiful scenery of Naoshima, the majority of the building is located underground. Despite its positioning, it receives an abundance of natural light, changing the appearance of the artworks and the ambience of the space itself with the passage of the days and the seasons.

2.  Lee Ufan Museumimage5

A museum resulting from collaboration between the internationally acclaimed artist Lee Ufan, presently based mainly in Europe, and the architect Tadao Ando.

3. Art House Project

It s a village with a small houses that look like traditional Japanese  house  from the outside, and work of art inside.

4. The Benesse facility 


It’s located on the southern coast of Naoshima and consists of four buildings:the Benesse House Museum, The Oval, Park and Beach. All of it were designed by Ando Tadao. You can take a free shuttle bus there, because cars and bicycle are not allowed.

The Benesse House Museum is a modern art museum located on the side of a hill.  You can stay there overnight, but price is really not cheap (room rates start from 25.000 yen per night).  But for this price you can enjoy 24 hours access to all art.

Besides creativity and all museums above, Naoshima boasts impressive landscapes and nature. it is unique opportunity to run on to objects of arts not only  inside museums, but also outside.                           This perfect mix of art and nature doesn’t make your trip boring.

image7 P.S.:I hope after you read this blog you are convinced to visit Naoshima!!!

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See you next blog!


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