Naoshima Island

A sanctuary for contemporary art

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    “Red Pumpkin” ©Yayoi Kusama, 2006 Naoshima Miyanoura Port Square, Photo / Daisuke Aochi

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    Photo / Osamu Nakamura

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Naoshima Island has a population of approximately 3,100 people, with an area of 7.82㎢. (As of April 4, 2017)
After about one hour on a ferry from Takamatsu Port you’ll arrive at Miyanoura Port. There you’ll be welcomed by Yayoi Kusama's "Red Pumpkin", the symbol of Naoshima. Naoshima is known as an art island, where art is blended into island life. Chichu Art Museum and Benesse House Museum were both designed by the world famous architect, Ando Tadao. The Art House Project, in which unused homes have been turned into art exhibition spaces, is also a must-see.

Besides art, there are many other attractions on Naoshima as well. This beautiful island is rich in nature, which is enjoyed year-round by visitors. The azaleas bloom in the spring, and in the summer you can enjoy fishing or swimming in the ocean. There are also many restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy delicious fish from the Seto Inland Sea. At the Umi-no-Eki Naoshima Seaside Station, you can purchase local souvenirs as well.

With the exception of Benesse House Museum, all art galleries on the island are closed on Mondays. As a result, please be aware that many restaurants and lodgings are also closed on Mondays. (If Monday falls on a holiday, then facilities will be closed the following day). Before heading to the island, make sure to check the Benesse Art Site Naoshima Calendar.

■ Getting around the island
・You can travel around the island's main attractions by local bus.
・If the weather is nice, why not explore the island on an electric bike? Bikes are available for rent close to the port. Remember your road-manners, and have a great trip!
・You can pick up an island road map at the port and other places around town.

■ Main attractions
・Area around Honmura Port (Art House Project), Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum, Lee Ufan Museum, ANDO MUSEUM

Inspiring Art Island Hopping

Basic Information

Address 761-3110 香川郡直島町

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