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Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun 761-3110, Kagawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think the specifics are covered by the other reviewers. I've been to Japan almost two dozen times and I visited this on trip 18. Unless you're a professional in the arts or a huge enthusiast, this is not the best place to visit if...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GLKLLCIO
Reviewed June 9, 2019 via mobile

This small island in the Seto Sea is accessible via ferry Uno Port approximately 1 hour by car from Okayama. From the port on Naoshima there are busses to take passengers to the Art House Project and the Benesse museums. Benesse Art Site is a...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 8, 2019 via mobile

Took a 15 minute ferry to Naoshima from Uno Port and spent an amazing few hours on the island. We walked from the Mayounara port to Chichu museum which was a bit of a hike but stunning views and lovely to pass the local homes...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed May 29, 2019

This is a great island to visit if you're an art lover. Unfortunately they only have one bus service which gets full quickly and they don't add additional buses when there are a lot or people visiting it appears so make a bee line for...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Martin H
Reviewed May 25, 2019

I spent the whole day feeling increasingly depressed. This is just the sort of place that puts people off art for life! Second rate art by big names, displayed in concrete bunkers with little information. Shocking that Benesse is a massive corporate that runs language...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

Disappointing... Art devices in the street are not really great, the museum that we visited (Chichu) was really not interesting, we enjoyed only one nice beach (Kagawa)... it really does not deserve you to change your route to go there...

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank bub_tokyo
Reviewed May 8, 2019 via mobile

If you’re considering whether the journey to Naoshima is worth it, its a definite yes for me. I find it a nice change of pace from the bigger cities (even the smaller ones) of Japan. It’s quiet, and it’s a nice stroll around the small...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Lim_Eleanor
Reviewed April 23, 2019

It's very different - the open-air pieces are amusing, but hardly mind-expanding and the individual galleries are small - even allowing for possible crowds, it won't take you long to go through them. In most galleries I find things I really like, some I find...More

Date of experience: March 2019
4  Thank Niel-Wolverhampton
Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

You can emerge in art. Admission at the museums is regulated so that only a few people are in one room at a time which is good but also means that you have to queue up a bit. I stayed at Benesse Hotel, excellet!!!! Takes...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 6, 2019 via mobile

We had a day trip from Kyoto, using Shinkansen, local train, ferry, town bus and courtesy bus, so it all took some time and was not easy to do in a day. We had tried to book a hotel overnight but it seems that tour...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Hello! Me and my wife visited around this exact time last year the island and its open, it was really great and in fact we are currently travelling throughout japan right now and will visit naoshima again in 5 days!! Take... More
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david w
February 20, 2018|
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There is only one taxi there, so hard to catch it since the taxi hired whole day by someone else. you can take a bus, less flexibility. If your children are ok to take bicycles, rental it is the best option, I suppose. And... More
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Response from Robertofleischmann | Reviewed this property |
Naoshima has a bus service available to go around the island so in this cold and sometimes rainy season might be the way to go
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