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Naoshima

Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa Prefecture 761-3110, Japan
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Naoshima is a lovely island that can be walked around entirely during a day. Just don't go on Monday's as everything is closed! We still had a great time walking the circuit and enjoying the atmosphere as opposed to the busy Tokyo life. Yayoi Kusama's pumpkin's were the highlight for me.

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

On our first day in Japan we travelled to Naoshima. Starting of with a few days on this beautifull island with its laid back atmosphere is excellent for recovering from your jetlag. We stayed at the Little Plum and slept in a airconditioned seacrate :) We rented (very small) bikes, cycled around the island and visited the art project and... More

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Perth, Australia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
48 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I was intrigued from the first time I heard about Naoshima. An art island? In the inland sea? It sounded like a cross between the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, and Sculpture on the Beach in Cottesloe back home in Perth. And best of all, there were five Monet waterlilly paintings. I had to visit. Then there... More

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San Francisco
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133 reviews 133 reviews
31 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Art and Architecture integrated into a total experience. There is nothing like it anywhere else. Go! Stay at least one night if you can - its worth it.

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Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Having heard and read much about Naoshima, it seemed like a necessary stop. While not that difficult to get to, it is out of the way and, in my view, not quite worth the effort. Seems more like a monument to Tadeo Ando than a genuine art experience. There isn't that much art between the Benesse House and the Chichu... More

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
55 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We were looking forward to visiting Naoshima from when we first started doing research before our trip to Japan. It wasn't quite what I expected - more fancy museums than public art - but an enjoyable day all the same. We weren't able to find (reasonably priced) accommodation available on the island for our dates so visited as a day... More

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waiwera
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Teshima is a small island 20 mins ferry ride from Miyanoura ferry port on Naoshima. It houses one of the most spectacular galleries around. A huge curvacious concrete structure set into the ground with a unique interior water feature. Left us all speechless and with lifelong memories. Highly recommended

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London
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78 reviews 78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

It is a bit of a trek (several trains and a ferry) to get to but if you love modern art and architecture and a beautiful island ( who doesn't) then this trip is well worth the effort. We stayed two nights and although many people seem only to stay the one night, we would recommend the extra time. Please... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I absolutely loved Naoshima - I went mid April and was lucky to enjoy good weather yet there were no crowds. I stayed in one I'd the Mongolian yurts by the sea which links up to the Bennessee art museums with a free shuttle bus right outside. These art museums were good.., structually and architecturally they were stunning to explore!... More

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Weymouth
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We enjoyed our day on Naoshima - it is a lovely island with pretty scenery and nice beaches but we found the much hyped art disappointing though of course we appreciate that opinions on art are very individual. Those art works sited outdoors were the most effective but those in the Bennesse House Museum were for us uninspiring. Entry is... More

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