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“Most fun you can have on a bicycle!”
Review of Naoshima

Naoshima
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Naoshima has a great rep, and well deserved. You can reach it by 20 minute ferry (around 500 yen return) from Uno, and hire a bicycle from the port station (500 yen for the day). There's a fun little James Bond 007 museum close to the port, and then if you bike on around the island (we went Chichu direction first), you will come across a new art museum after every 20 minutes or so of biking! I think it took us around 4 hours to circumnavigate the whole island (stopping to visit art museums and take photos along the way). When we got back to the port area we had a spa at the fantastic "I love Yu" onsen baths, and afterwards enjoyed amazing grilled Cajun chicken at the Shioya bar just across the street. Caught the ferry back to Uno, stayed the night at Uno Slope house, and spent the next day exploring Teshima. Thoroughly recommend this as a fun weekend in Shikoku ;)

14  Thank tsubasani237
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Naoshima is growing in popularity as a unique touristic spot in Japan. It may be so for Japanese tourists, but international tourists may find it otherwise. All the attractions on the island are over-rated and over-priced.
Let us say that art enriches our life. If this is the criterion to apply, then so-called art works on the island are very much "the art for the artists" and not "the art for the people."
Another disappointment is the lack of "planning" for the island's long-term development. We have found several very attractive traditional-style residences, but they are scattered around the island and becoming overwhelmed by the changes brought by tourism. If the town authority has the foresight, it should make serious effort in preserving some parts of the township in its traditional style. This will more likely enhance the attraction of "modern art works" that the island features.

2  Thank kobekko
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

Love the art all over the island. Love the anti-corporate shops, no Starbucks or McDonalds.
Not to in love with the hills near Chi Chu. Hard to bike up.

1  Thank CrAiGnEggS
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Reviewed November 29, 2011

Seto Inland Sea separates Honshu, Japan's largest main island (where Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, etc. are located), and Shikoku, Japan's smallest main island. Seto Inland Sea is dotted with many lovely islands. In the past several years, major efforts have been launched to convert many of these islands into a wonderful "archipelago of arts". Three islands - Naoshima, Teshima, and Inujima - are already major destinations of art-oriented tourism. The biennial Setouchi art festival of 2011 had activities on seven islands, so this fantastic "arts archipelago" of Seto Inland Sea of Japan is growing.

The crown jewel of this arts archipelago is the island of Naoshima.

With major investments by the Benesse Corporation - a publishing company now turning into an information/art/education/entertainment conglomerate - Naoshima has multiple art museums, art installations, and "art houses" (homes on the island being converted into art spaces).

Naoshima can be approached by ferry from the Honshu side from the port of Uno, and from the Shikoku side by ferry from the port of Takamatsu.

A longish day trip would allow you to see most of the art sites on Naoshima, but an overnight or longer stay would be even better.

You like contemporary art? Pack your bags and go to Naoshima - you will love it.

3  Thank Globalist3000
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

OUR LIMITATIONS: morning in Kyoto, and overnight at Benesse House in Naoshima; then an early morning departure for Osaka (where we continued on to Koyasan for the evening).

FROM KYOTO TO NAOSHIMA:
(1) took the 9:49a Hikari bullet train to Okayama (reserved seats)
(2) took the local Seto-Ohashi train (no reservations available, but JR Pass accepted) to Chayamachi station
(3) at Chayamachi station, transferred to the local Uno train by crossing the platform (follow the crowd)
(4) at Uno, walked across the main road towards the water to a building in the middle of a parking lot with a sign "For Naoshima."
(5) we took the 13:30 boat (not ferry) to Miyanoura, the port at Naoshima; 15 min ride; inexpensive tickets under 300 yen pp
(6) a Benesse coutesy bus was waiting a Miyanoura to take us to Benesse House, where we checked in around 14:00 using the rest of the afternoon to explore two museums: Bernesse and Chichu.

FROM NAOSHIMA TO OSAKA:
(1) Took the first Benesse courtesy bus at 8:20 (no place for breakfast here, so we planned to get something at Okayama station around 10:30am).
(2) took the 8:52a ferry to Uno (20 minutes) and walked across the main road to Uno station (visible from the ferry stop) where a train was waiting.
(3) transfer at Chayamachi station for a Okayama bound train just across the platform.
(4) at Okayama get breakfast and take the bullet train to Shin-Osaka station. (Suggestion: when you show your JR Pass to the 'inspector' ask him/her for directions to your platform and track; this will save you time and grief)

BENESSE HOUSE: we stayed in a room at the Oval, high up the hill; so high that it requires a special monorail tram from inside the museum to get there (5 minute ride). The location provides a spectacular view of the Inland Sea. If we had an extra day, it would be spent sitting on the terrace enjoying the view. Dinner reservation was made by email weeks before arrival. We preferred the ala carte menu at the Terrace restaurant near the water. Reserve an early sitting (if you have time) to get enough daylight for the view. Waiter was very attentive, and asked if we had any food allergies. Meal was excellent. Pay at the cash register when you leave.

18  Thank PiedmontWalker
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