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After about 1 hour on the ferry from Takamatsu Port,  you will arrive at Miyanoura Port. You will be welcomed there by Yayoi Kusama's Red Pumpkin, the symbol of Naoshima. Naoshima is know as an art island, and the art is blended into the life of the island. The ‘Art House Project’ brings together many unused houses in the town, including the Chichu Art Museum and the Benesse House Museum, designed by the world-famous architect Ando Tadao.


Location Kagawa Prefecture
Area 8.13 km²
Population 3,097

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Naoshima`s Appeal

The island is full of nature as well, and the arrival of spring brings the fresh blooming of the island azaleas. In the summer months you can swim and fish in the ocean. The beautiful natural environment is full of enjoyment all year round. In addition, there are many restaurants and cafes where you can taste the delicious fish of the Seto Inland Sea. At the ‘Ocean Station’ Naoshima, there are many local souvenirs to be purchased. The experience is packed with many other attractions, in addition to the opportunities to appreciate the local art.

Constructed in 2004 as a place to ‘think about nature and humanity’, the structure built by the famous Japanese architect Ando Tsuguo houses works of art by Claude Monet, James Turrel and Walter De Maria. There are also a cafe and museum shop.

This is a project developed in the Honmura area. Unused houses has been restored, with the artists turning these spaces into works of art. Presently, there are seven houses open:  Kadoya, Nanji, Kinza, Go-ou Jinja, Ishibashi, Gokaisho and Haisha.

A wooden house of about 100 years remaining in the Honmura area was reborn through an integration with the unique rough concrete work of Ando Tadao. There is a display of models, sketches and photographs that tell of Ando Tadao’s work and the history of Naoshima.

An experience you won`t find anywhere else…