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Naoshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea

May 13th, 2012 by Jeff Aasgaard

Looking for a unique spot ?

Naoshima Island is waiting for you. Naoshima is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea. From Osaka, it takes about 4 hours by express train (no reservations needed); or less than 2 hours by Shinkansen (bullet train).

The first thing I would like to say is that even during the Golden Week, Naoshima is a peaceful and quiet island. Naoshima is off the beaten path, and I really enjoyed it.

"Pumpkin" on Naoshima

“Pumpkin” Art by Yayoi Kusama

Naoshima became popular when the Benesse House and Chichu Museum were constructed. Now the island is considered a must see for art lovers. Anywhere you go on this island, you will find interesting, curious, funny or strange pieces of modern art.

Benesse House Museum

Benesse House Museum

This was designed by Tadao Ando and is a combination of 3 hotels (Oval, Park and Beach) and a museum. Each hotel has a unique feeling and style. Just exploring these hotels will make your trip worthwhile. Guests at Benesse House are allowed to view the museum until 22:00 PM. I didn’t stay there, but I sincerely think that it’s a great experience; a night in a museum !

Naoshima Island

On Naoshima, most buildings are hidden, here it’s The Benesse House Museum. In addition to artistic exhibitions, Naoshima focuses on environmental activities.

Chichu Museum

Chichu Museum

Though I am usually not a big fan of Modern Art, I would recommend the visit. Actually Naoshima is a beautiful island, very clean and if you’re lucky to have a nice weather, for sure you will enjoy your day.

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