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Address: Kagawa-gun, Naoshima-cho 761-3110, Kagawa Prefecture
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Little island with a lot of attractions

This is a nice little island which can be easily accessed by JR (we used Kansai Wide Area Pass) and a ferry. The island is full of attractions (art museums), with Chichu Art... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice little island which can be easily accessed by JR (we used Kansai Wide Area Pass) and a ferry. The island is full of attractions (art museums), with Chichu Art Museum being our favourite. You can make a day trip this island but I recommend staying overnight so that you don't need to pack everything in one... More 

Thank Pengapa
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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348 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

A long day trip and slightly underwelming at the museums although the views of the Inland sea are pleasant; not much art to see and it's all about the architecture which is mostly reinforced concrete!! The Chichu Art Museum was the worst - expensive and it felt like visiting an underground concrete bunker; staff also not very friendly there, not... More 

Thank Skin197
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Naoshima island is a very laidback island in which many modern art museums can be found. Rent a bike and wander around and take in all the natural beauty of the island. Great sandy beaches, cool museums and an overall sense of tranquility and relaxation. Well worth a visit.

Thank maaswordly
Annemasse, France
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502 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

This is the museum Island financed by a Japanese philanthropist with many museums and galleries and art walks. the place to stay if you can get in and if you can afford it is the Benesse House.

Thank hask74
The Hague, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We read some raving reviews about Naoshima both in guides and on here. Maybe our hopes were a bit too high. We expected a free-spirited artist island. The art-house project is a good concept, but only allows for an afternoon of fun. The Benesse house is overrated. I would advise you to add a day to your stay in Tokyo... More 

Thank MGM211
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164 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Naoshima is a gem and not to be missed. The island has many interesting contemporary art museums in unique settings, an Art House project where several homes have been converted to art exhibits, and sculptures everywhere. We spent one beautiful night there and wished we had stayed longer. We will be back!

1 Thank Mercury752
Boston, Massachusetts
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94 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Naoshima is hard to get to. It usually involves a bus to a train to a ferry, to another bus. One doesn't "get it" upon first glance. But once you explore the Art House Projects and the Art Museums, what comes through is how special this little island is and how clever to reappropriate old buildings such as a copper... More 

4 Thank jbsalee
newbury, berkshire
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131 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We really enjoyed the ferry ride, first of all - great vies of other islands and the amazing bridge. We had intended to hire cycles on arrival, but were a bit slow off the mark and there was only one place hiring (it was Sunday) so we were happy to explore on foot. The port is a pleasant little town,... More 

1 Thank crookhamcommon
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404 reviews
240 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

I think it's so novel to have a quiet, peaceful island with so many galleries and public works of art, so it's worth seeing just for that. I didn't think the art was exceptional but it's quite stimulating and if you have nice weather, a very pleasant stroll. A full day is needed here. We saw just one gallery (Chichu),... More 

Thank Jay P
New York
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69 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Wish we had stayed overnight so that we could have 'seen it all". The Island is interesting to explore and if you are slow looking at art then you cant possibly see it all in a day. It is definiely worth the effort to get there

1 Thank ThrutheSky

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