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Naoshima

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Address: Kagawa-gun, Naoshima-cho 761-3110, Kagawa Prefecture

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worth the splurge and effort to get to

I stayed one night at benesse house and whilst it was expensive it was totally worth it. I wish I could have stayed two nights to really relax on the island, however 1 night and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I stayed one night at benesse house and whilst it was expensive it was totally worth it. I wish I could have stayed two nights to really relax on the island, however 1 night and two half days was enough to see the main attractions and have a really enjoyable time. I didn't do too much research into the art... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Despite mixed reviews, we ultimately enjoyed what we saw and recommend a visit, as the art installations were impressive. What disappointed was the lack of amenity. We took the JR train from Okayama to Uno port. Then the ferry, which took about 20 minutes to the island of Naoshima. On arriving, a tourist officer explained that we must get on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

World class art and architecture add to the charm of this small island in a beautiful setting. Worth researching the best way to get on and off the island with timetables etc. We arrived on a train at 1.35pm at Uno Port from Okayama only to see the ferry having left at 1.30pm but other times can and do work... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Naoshima has undergone a transformation as a result of the creation of a series of high profile art museums into the islands fabric. In one sense the Art House Projects within the village of Honmura are the most innovative as they have added art installations within old houses, or in the case of James Turrell, a purpose built pavilion, and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We came to the Island and instead of using the overpriced bikes decided on the local bus. What a disaster, nobody speaks English and the different galleries like the Art house project are impossible to find. The signage is extremely poor and it is a bit like the Truman Show, nobody was around. After an hour we found parts of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Best place in Japan.... Rent a bike and enjoy the landscape around this special Island... Se all the museum, also if you are NOT a art person!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The island itself is beautiful. We hired bikes to cycle around the island through the village. That was the highlight of my visit to Naoshima. Unfortunately, we were too deluded to follow what other people on the net said that the museums/galleries in the island should be visited. We did buy overpriced passes for all of Ando's house project museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Naoshima is one of number of islands where contemporary art has been made part of the landscape. Nice way to visit is on bicycle (e-bike advised - they also have them for kids....). Low traffic intensity - and the drivers are very cautious, polite . Nice scenery , good roads - great art works mostly . To fully enjoy would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Came here and enjoyed the nice weather. Museums are great but the Tadao Ando architecture is the key and not the art pieces. Yayoi Kusama fans can look at 2/3 things. Staff at ALL the art sites do not smile and are reluctant to offer English description (seems like they were trained for it tho, as they can conversate and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Our daughter shared her "Japan" with us over 2 weeks in April and started our trip off on Naoshima. We enjoyed the public art installations around the island by rented bike although many are easy walking distance or accessible by bus transport. We stayed two nights in a small guesthouse and immersed ourselves in the local food, art and I... More 

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