Naoshima

"Architecture buffs will delight in the island’s museums and natural scenery."

Brief Introduction

Naoshima Island is located in the Seto Inland Sea and is the genesis of the Setouchi

Triennale (also known as the Setouchi International Art Festival). The Setouchi Triennale is an art festival held every three years and which features contemporary installation and temporary displays scattered across the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. The festival is organized and implemented by the Benesse Corporation.

On Naoshima Island, visitors can enjoy viewing and experiencing art at the Chichu Museum, which houses a fine collection of contemporary art year-round; Benesse House, which is a combined hotel and museum; the Lee Ufan Museum, featuring the work of the Korean artist; the Ando Museum; the Art House Project, a group of abandoned houses, workshops, a temple and shrine that have been transformed into works of art that blend into the community; and the I Love Yu public bath house which is considered to be a work of art in itself.

Architecture buffs will delight in the fact that the island’s three main museums (the Chichu Museum, Benesse House, and the Le Ufan Museum) were all designed by internationally renowned architect Tadao Ando.

Although Naoshima Island belongs to Kagawa prefecture, it is easily accessible from Okayama prefecture as well.

Visitors who want to enjoy natural scenery will enjoy the scenic land and seascapes visible from the Chichu Museum and Benesse House. There is also a beach and a fishing park on the island.

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