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Naoshima Island

An artistic escape

About Naoshima Island

Things to do in Naoshima Island

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Where to eat in Naoshima Island

Naoshima Cafe Walk 8

Naoshima Cafe Walk

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Naoshima may be far from the youthful café capitals of Kyoto, Kobe and Osaka, but it packs a punch when it comes to the variet..

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Breakfast in Naoshima 7

Breakfast in Naoshima

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Naoshima does not look like typical Japan. There are no geishas, maid cafes or castles. Yet there is a sense of place. There a..

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Places to stay in Naoshima Island

Benesse House Naoshima

Benesse House Naoshima

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Benesse House Naoshima was opened in 1992 with the concept of "symbiosis of nature, architecture and art". This boutique hotel redefines..

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A Half Day in Naoshima

A Half Day in Naoshima

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Are you short on time, but staying near Uno Port or Okayama, and you want to visit one of the art islands? Are you unsure of the..

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Naoshima Shio Cider

Naoshima Shio Cider

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Naoshima is not only famous for its art, but also for its local delicacies. The island is known for salt harvesting, and so you..

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About Naoshima Island

Naoshima Island is located in the Seto inland sea and is accessible via ferry from Uno Station.

A town bus takes you from the Miyanoura-kou port to either Nokyo-mea or Tsutsuji-so for ¥100 based on where you want to visit first.

Benesse House, Lee Ufan and Chichu Art Museums challenged my basic concepts of art in a good way. These museums enable visitors to be present in the art itself through reflections and shared space. This was especially relevant at ChiChu Art Museum which is located underground. Each piece is created on a large scale and enables you to move around and through the work of James Turrell, Tadao Ando and Walter De Maria.

Although photographs are not allowed inside either of the three museums, there are free open air artworks which I was able to capture. Naoshima island makes you feel like you are the only one there at times as there are no crowds. I would like to visit this place again on my next trip to Japan.

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