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Naoshima is an island in the Seto Inland Sea with an estimated population of about 3,500. The island of Naoshima is 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 highlights of Naoshima. Some of these popular art museums include Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House, and more.
Chichu Art Museum, which literally means "in the earth", reflects upon its name is mostly constructed underground. The museum incorporates nature to the highest degree, making use of natural light to light up the artwork. Benesse House is another art museum, but also a resort hotel. Guests can stay overnight at Benesse House and have access to the museum during their stay. Benesse House carries various kinds of artworks by both Japanese and foreign artists. Benesse House also displays its artwork in the public such as the iconic pumpkin it displays at the beach of Naoshima.
Collection of Islands with Large Ecosystem and Unique Wildlife
Remote Island famous for Gold Mine and Home to the Japanese Ibis
True traditional Japanese garden with a great collection of artwork
Many techniques came to Japan from the Asian continent and been refined