We stayed in the Mongolian tents. The tents are situated in walking distance from the Benesse House and is beautifully situated right next to the beach. Ask for tent no. 1, which is right next to the beach.
The tents are rather exotic and fun if you are in for a bit of an adventure. We stayed in the tent in mid March when it was a cold outside, but the heater worked well.
If you consider staying in one of the tents, please bear in mind that you have to walk to the nearest washroom to collect water, have a a shower (100 yen for 10 min) or go to the toilet. There is a fridge and a water heater in the tent, however bring cups, towels etc. The tents should be considered a camping experience, and you should bring most of the things you will need if you want to cater yourself.
There are duvets and warm blankets to keep you warm at night. However, only 2 water bottles can be borrowed for free per tent. Even though 4 people can sleep in the tent. Don´t ask me, about the logics of this! (-we did try to borrow one more, without any success).
The staff speak a little English, but not a lot.
There is a small restaurant at the site, where you can buy drinks, breakfast and dinner, which is not included in the ticket price. For breakfast you have the choice between Japanese breakfast (rice, miso soup, pickles and fish) or western style (toast, sausages, salad and cold pasta!) We did not have dinner at the restaurant, as it was closed on Friday evening after 1500.
You can also walk about 15 minutes to the nearest town where you can find a few restaurants.
We visted Benesse House on the first day and found the architecture very nice, but the art was not as spectacular as expected. There is a complete lack of English information, no audio guide and no English speaking guide available to show you around, which result in a lack of curation for foreign visitors - even visitors with extensive knowledge of art history will most likely walk away disappointed - which we were. If you are a student please bring your international student card to Bennese House, as it will (for a change in Japan) actually give you a discount. If you bring your regular student card (Japanese or international) - it will however not work.
The Chichu Art Museum and the Art House Project are much higher recommended, if you are short for time, and cannot see all the art projects at the island.
Tent 1 is closest to the beach and the toilets
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