Naoshima is the island of origins of the art in Setouchi.

Benesse house opened in this island in 1992. Then this island became the island that symbolized the art culture that modern art and nature in Setouchi fused.

The perimeter of this small island is about 16km, and there are three large scale art museums and much art works in this island.

This island is certainly an island of the origins of the international art festival in Setouchi.


  1. About Naoshima
  2. Art museum of Naoshima
  3. Art works of Naoshima
  4. How to get to Naoshima

1.About Naoshima

Regular holiday of art works and art museum in Naoshima is almost Monday.

Please be careful to the schedules of the trip.

Guideline of sojourn time : the whole day (When you use the electric assist bicycle.)

There are a lot of art works and three big art museums in Naoshima.
Let’s make a loose schedule.

Municipal bus runs from the port.

When you do one lap of island by bus, let’s change a municipal bus and the shuttle bus of the Benesse art site.

■Municipal bus time schedule

■Benesse art site shuttle bus time schedule

In addition, you can borrow rent-a-bicycle at near the port.

I borrowed rent-a-bicycle in the following shops.

In this shop, a prior reservation is possible. In addition, it is convenient because a credit card is usable for the payment.

Open:9:00~19:00(winter season : 18:00)
Fee:1,500 yen/1day(electric assist bicycle)

The art object of the pumpkin  which made the name of Naoshima famous. This is a work of Yayoi Kusama made in 1994.

There is art everywhere. (○´艸`)

In this island, not only the art works but also nature is splendid. Nature is already one of the art, too. d(*゚ー゚*)

2.Art museum of Naoshima

There are three big art museums representing art in Setouchi in Naoshima.

・Benesse House Museum

Benesse House Museum opened in 1992 as a facility integrating a museum with a hotel, based on the concept of “coexistence of nature, art and architecture.” Designed by Tadao Ando, the facility is built on high ground overlooking the Seto Inland Sea and features large apertures that serve to open up the interior to the splendid natural surroundings.

8:00〜21:00(Last admittance: 20:00)

Closed:Open year-round
Admission Fee:1,030 yen

・Chichu Art Museum

Chichu Art Museum was constructed in 2004 as a site rethinking the relationship between nature and people.

March 1 – September 30 : 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 5:00 p.m.)
October 1 – last day of February : 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 4:00 p.m.)
Closed : Mondays
*Open on Mondays for national holidays but closed the next day.
Admission Fee :2,060 yen (free for children 15 and under)

・Lee Ufan Museum

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

March 1 – September 30 : 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 5:30 p.m.)
October 1 – last day of February : 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Last admittance: 4:30 p.m.)
Closed : Mondays
*Open on Mondays for national holidays but closed the next day.

Admission Fee :1,030 yen(free for children 15 and under)

3.Art works of Naoshima

There is a lot of art works which I do not introduce here. Please try to go this island, and watch all art work!
*Because there is an art work that photography is not possible, please be careful.

All artwork is very splendid.
The particularly recommended artwork is “No.007”, “No.008”, and “No.201” personally.

[No.001:Naoshima Bath “I湯 (I Love YU)”(Shinro Ohtake:Japan)]
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[No.005:Naoshima Pavilion(Sou Fujimoto:Japan)]

[No.006:直島建築+The Naoshima Plan(日本)]
[No.006:Naoshima Architectures+The Naoshima Plan(Japan)]

[No.007:Naoshima Hall(Hiroshi Sambuichi:Japan)]*My favorite!!
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[No.008:ANDO MUSEUM(安藤忠雄:日本)]*おススメです!
[No.008:ANDO MUSEUM(Tadao Ando:Japan)]*My favorite!!


[No.009:角屋 / Sea of Time ’98ほか(宮島達男:日本)]
[No.009:Art House Project “Kadoya”(Tatsuo Miyajima:Japan)]


[No.010:護王神社 / アプロプリエイトプロポーション(杉本博司:日本)]
[No.010:Art House Project “Go’o Shrine”(Hiroshi Sugimoto:Japan)]
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[No.011:南寺 / バックサイド・オブ・ ザ・ムーン(James Turrell:アメリカ)]
[No.011:Art House Project “Minamidera”(James Turrell:United States America)]


[No.012:Art House Project “Gokaisho”(Yoshihiro Suda:Japan)]

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[No.013:石橋 / ザ・フォールズ / 空の庭(千住博:日本)]
[No.013:Art House Project “Ishibashi”(Hiroshi Senju:Japan)]


[No.014:はいしゃ / 舌上夢 / ボッコン覗(大竹伸朗:日本)]
[No.014:Art House Project “Haisha”(Shinro Ohtake:Japan)]



[No.021:Sense in the distance(Chiyoko Todaka:Japan)]

[No.201:Red Pumpkin(Yayoi Kusama:Japan)]*My favorite!!

[No.202:Marine station “Naoshima”(Kazuyo Sejima:Japan)]

[No.203:BUNRAKU PUPPET(ジョゼ・デ・ギマランイス:ポルトガル)]
[No.203:BUNRAKU PUPPET(José de Guimarães:Portugal)]

4.How to get to Naoshima

↓The route to Takamatsu Port is here.↓


■Takamatsu Port→Naoshima(Miyanoura Port)

A ferry and a high-speed ship is operated from Takamatsu Port to Naoshima (Miyanoura Port).
About 25 minutes by High-speed ship. The fare is 1,220 yen (Adults).
About 50 minutes by ferry. The fare is 520 yen (Adults).

The ticket counter and a platform of the ferry are directions of ① and ②.

The ticket counter and a platform of the High-speed ship are directions of ③ and ④.

How did you like it?

Please try to go.

Have a nice trip! XD

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