Naoshima

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Island of Art & Museums | Kagawa

Island of Art & Museums | Kagawa

Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea with an estimated population of about 3,500. The island of Naoshima is best known for its unique art that fills the island. Contemporary art museums, many of which were built by the Benesse Corporation and designed by architect Ando Tadao, are among the highlight tourist attractions of Naoshima. Some of these popular art museums include the Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House, and more.

Chichu Art Museum, which literally means in the earth, stays true to its name with its unique, underground design. The museum incorporates nature to the highest degree, making use of the natural light to showcase the artwork. The Benesse House is another art museum that doubles as a resort hotel. Travelers can enjoy overnight stays at the Benessee House while exploring the museum grounds during their stay. The Benesse House includes a wide variety of artworks from Japanese and foreign artists around the world. Benesse House also displays its artwork in the public, such as the iconic pumpkin display at the beach of Naoshima.

Unlike other art installments in Japan, a trip to Naoshima is a holiday spent immersed in art and museums. Enjoy this location with Japan Deluxe Tours during a Southern Japan Tour package, or with our affordable day-trips to customize your holiday package through Japan!

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