1. Japan
  2. Okayama Prefecture
  3. Chichu Art Museum

Naoshima: Day Trip to Explore the Art Island from Uno Port

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Discover Naoshima, an island in the Seto Inland Sea that is known for its modern art museums, architecture, and sculptures. Explore this magical place in the Kagawa Prefecture with a Mediterranean atmosphere, sandy beaches, and sunny weather.
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Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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Wheelchair accessible

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  • Pick up insights from your professional, English-speaking guide
  • Admire modern art and architecture
  • Discover an unparalleled environment that combines nature and contemporary art
Full description
Naoshima Island, referred to as Art Island, is a small island located in the Seto Inland Sea. This island is full of culture; as you explore, you will see pieces from internationally-renowned modern artists and architects such as Yayoi Kusama, Tadao Ando, and Ufan Lee. Begin the tour with a ferry ride from Uno Ferry Port.  

The world-famous Yayoi Kusama's pumpkin will welcome you at the Miyanoura port. Grab your rental bicycle or hop on the bus and begin your tour of the island. There are three museums in Naoshima, Chichu Museum, Lee Ufan Museum, and Benesse House Museum — you will have chance to visit them all.

The museums are designed to fit into the natural context; galleries and outdoor art works are scattered all over the island, making the island itself into a huge art space. Time seems to pass slowly in this extraordinary space which combines nature and contemporary art.

The Chichu Art Museum was constructed in 2004 as a site which rethinks the relationship between nature and people. The Lee Ufan Museum is the product of a collaboration between internationally-acclaimed artist Lee Ufan and architect Tadao Ando. Lee's works resonate with Ando's architecture, giving visitors an impression of both stillness and dynamism. 

Benesse House Museum opened in 1992 as a facility integrating a museum with a hotel, based on the concept of "coexistence of nature, art and architecture." Designed by Tadao Ando, the facility is built on high ground overlooking the Seto Inland Sea and features large apertures which open up the interior to the splendid natural surroundings.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Round-trip Uno - Miyaura ferry ticket
  • Bicycle rental or bus fare on Naoshima Island
What’s Not Included
  • Admission to museums (please bring cash)

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Uno Station ticket gate. Getting to Uno Station: • from Osaka/Kyoto Osaka Station > JR Shin-Osaka Station > take JR San'yo Shinkansen to Okayama > take JR Uno line to Uno Station (total time around 2.5 hours) Kyoto station > take JR San'yo Shinkansen to Okayama > take JR Uno line to Uno Station (total time around 3 hours) • from Hiroshima Hiroshima Station > take JR Tokaido San'yo Shinkansen to Okayama > take JR Uno line to Uno Station (total time around 2 hours)

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