The Island of Art
Naoshima Island is waiting for you. Naoshima is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea. From Osaka, it takes about 4 hours by express train (no reservations needed); or less than 2 hours by Shinkansen (bullet train).
The first thing I would like to say is that even during the Golden Week, Naoshima is a peaceful and quiet island. Naoshima is off the beaten path, and I really enjoyed it.
Naoshima became popular when the Benesse House and Chichu Museum were constructed. Now the island is considered a must see for art lovers. Anywhere you go on this island, you will find interesting, curious, funny or strange pieces of modern art.
This was designed by Tadao Ando and is a combination of 3 hotels (Oval, Park and Beach) and a museum. Each hotel has a unique feeling and style. Just exploring these hotels will make your trip worthwhile. Guests at Benesse House are allowed to view the museum until 22:00 PM. I didn’t stay there, but I sincerely think that it’s a great experience; a night in a museum !
On Naoshima, most buildings are hidden, here it’s The Benesse House Museum. In addition to artistic exhibitions, Naoshima focuses on environmental activities.
Though I am usually not a big fan of Modern Art, I would recommend the visit. Actually Naoshima is a beautiful island, very clean and if you’re lucky to have a nice weather, for sure you will enjoy your day.
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Jeff was born in a south suburb of Chicago named South Holland and lived in Japan for 14 years. He now lives in Commerce Township, Michigan with his wife Yoshimi, son Shota, and daughter Mina. He enjoys playing with his kids, volunteering with his daughter’s marching band, cycling and training & teaching Aikido.
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Noriko was born in Nagoya. During her childhood she moved around Japan following her father’s office transfer. She especially liked her time in Shizuoka, facing Mt Fuji. She now lives in Minoo (in the suburb of Osaka). Noriko graduated from Hiroshima university. She’s been to Malaysia, Thailand and Europe (Germany and Bulgaria). Her hobbies are hiking, reading and surfing.
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